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Clues of 2013 (5)

13 January, 2014

Seven more superb clues from last year’s tranche of crosswords in the Brit press. Overall, a pretty tricky bunch, but each offering is worth a muse for its glorious play-off. Have a crack, and see if you can solve most before the next post lifts the lid on the solutions.

  1. Extreme way parts of seesaw are different (7)

  2. Date for one dictator’s fall (5)

  3. Toast Schubert, Brahms and Liszt – cheers! (10) [Arachne]

  4. Previous charge for ear trumpet (5)

  5. John Cleese oddly upset with -AWLT- TO-ER- (5,6) [Sunday Times 853]

  6. Phase (conclusion to Lear) to act out! (11) [Picaroon]

  7. Like to eat something for a baby, like stew (9) [Paul]

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