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Clues of Winter 3

8 September, 2011

Congratz. You’ve reached the tail-end of winter’s best clues, where our last six unveiled for your musing. For our last sextet, scramble the last letters in order to create two words of six-letters each, with the week’s last ask being to fashion two neat clues:

  1. Piece of cloth on glamoupuss?! (5) [Times 8973]

  2. Piano used in old-time musical entertainment (5) [Brendan]

  3. Mineral paste to stop spot returning (6) [Anax]

  4. Use most of milk supply for a healthy breakfast (6) [Times 9023]

  5. Bowler getting a duck (5) [Mudd]

  6. Winter – victory – end (8) [Anax]

Seek aid and succour in the Comments, if you can’t nail all six straight away. And then craft two eye-catching clues for the two six-letters words you can make by scrambling the answers' tails. This last double is a trickier pair to spot.

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