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Clues of 2013 (3)

7 January, 2014

Round of applause if you can crack the first clue here, with no cross-letters on offer. It’s tough, sure, but it is magnificent. Same applies to the other six in terms of calibre – the next shortlist from my 2013 clues of the year, as selected from the Brit sources.

See how many you can crack, with the answers due on the next post. Those clues without any accreditation hail from the Times.

  1. Browning perhaps subverting cosy oral tale (8) [Arachne]

  2. Glasses kept in small basket to be cleaner (9)

  3. Moving? What, moving walls? (9) [Loroso]

  4. Sailors in bar affected by singers? (5)

  5. Gelding can be niggled by this animal, following another horse (7)

  6. Pounding ingredients! (10) [Arachne]

  7. Prepare sleeping tablet? Two or three, perhaps (5,6)

LAST POST SOLUTION: (1) IKEA, (2) doolally, (3) machinist, (4) abductor, (5) forty-five, (6) bear market, (7) leftie

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