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Bookwinner

2 March, 2014

Sifted the clues over a Sunday coffee, settling on the overall winner. As you know, players had to conjure wordplay and definition for a double-letter word (BELLOW), then the single-letter version (BELOW). And below, you’ll see one cluesmith stood tall, winning Alan Connor’s excellent crossword tribute, Two Girls, One On Each Knee. Before I trumpet the best, here’s a few gems that caught the eye:

NAVVYWorker shrewd to change direction [Scooter is in form, in the navvy.]

DESERTDead, rotten trees where nothing grows [Cacti may quibble, but I warmed to the Cormac class of Mississippi.]

FERRULEMake a mistake in assembling fuel cap [Maybe adjusting works better, but Loopy’s surface is superb.]

Though the challenge was to engineer the ideal double, and that’s what Aaron the Aardvark managed with this pairing:

CARTOON“Striptease” actor? No
CARTONWorks undercover in fraud case

Double congratz my anteating friend, whoever you may be. Let me know and I’ll send you Alan’s classy history this week. Thanks for all double agents for contributing to a top-shelf Storm. Chin, chin.

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