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Clues of Repute 52

27 June, 2015

Big thanks to DC - a regular surfer on the DA website - for salvaging last week's lost post, which reappears below. The problem owed to a quirk in the blog's uploading system, but at least the first batch of brilliant clues has been saved, as well as the original comments attached. All the easier to savour how their wordplay worked, leading to the answers published in Clues of Repute 51, below. Thanks again, DC.

1. Modern poem turned into the opposite (12) [Mudd]

2. So-called lower class (6) [RK in The Big Issue]

3. Victim X's location? (4) [American mage, Henry Hook]

4. Creator of Fantasy Island comic, according to Spooner (6,5) [Puck]

5. I'm off to celebrate narrow football victory? (7) [Picaroon]

6. A couple of presents unlikely to be found? (7) [Times 10131]

7. Freely mix with a Puerto Rican star (7,8) [Boaz]

8. Loveless marriage unlikely to take off (9) [Times 10147]

9. Do successors occupy country, having ousted last PM? (7) [Arachne]

10. Do a runner (7,7) [Sunday Times ??]

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