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Clues of Repute 49

30 January, 2015

To wrap up January, here's our last dollop of 1995 gems from UK crosswords. You may recognise the first one - at least - from Puzzled, as there are some elegant examples of the wordplay art here. (I'd be impressed if you crack all eight - especially the elusive Number 5.)

Solve as many as you can, sharing tip or answers in the Comments. And see who can devise a devious alternative clue for any of the same solutions. Best of cracking - and crafting.

1. Place in aviary holds our egg (9)

2. Chair for shoppers is ordered (13)

3. Some lines written by a seaman - a shanty, perhaps (5)

4. Customised Porsche, original wings, about 3 years old (3-6)

5. One supporting slip takes responsibility for catch (8,5)

6. Fondle part...er, crude (9)

7. Seductive woman causing resentment between partners (5)

8. Vegetable dish...Small one? Large one? Difficult decision (5,7)


COR 48 SOLUTION: Merge, analgesic, oddball, on the other hand, corporeal, intrinsic, The Lion King

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