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Clues of 2013 (6)

16 January, 2014

The second last instalment from 2013, the creme de la creme of clues from the UK. Some you may recognise from recent solving in early summer, though all of them deserve a look – for the first or second time. Their stories are silken, and their wordplay is wondrous. See how many you can crack before the ultimate post’s reveal, sharing insights and answers in the Comments below.

  1. Half managed to turn up for class (7)

  2. A fish out of water gulping oxygen (4)

  3. Exalted station of the blue and non-blue? (6) [Araucaria]

  4. Rocky as in sea (8) [Paul]

  5. Prisoner may get this job as secretary (6) [Puck]

  6. Oblivious to four notes? (4)

  7. Group travel document with two pages missing (8) [Arachne]

LAST POST’S SOLUTION: (1) Intense, (2) drupe, (3) bruschetta, (4) extol, (5) water closet, (6) catastrophe, (7) succotash

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