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Huh 45

19 September, 2014

No folly this week. (I think MonKeys is filling that niche.) But a bunch of Huh clues that have been bugging me lately. If anyone can throw light on how these bad boy operate, I'd be in your debt. (And doubly impressed if you can conjure a clue for any of these same answers.)  

1. Homer, for one, used very little Greek, finally shunning it = SIMPSON [Times 10020]  

2. Cheers up when visited by one's relative = AUNT [Same puzzle.  I get the TA reversed, but don't we need an exotic marker for UN?]  

3. A posh lady, darling = ANGEL [Sunday Times 909]  

4. Having confined space, tear-gas a nuisance = MENACE [Times 10041]  

5. Dupe about to get tungsten instead of uranium is made to look small = DWARFED [Times 10025]  

6. Subject to search out mostly in a place dons gather = SCOUR/SPOOR? [Times 10034. As you can see, I'm only guessing off the plan, with 3 cross-letters.]  

7. Out of ministry, one inspiring run for presiding officer = MODERATOR [Imogen]  

8. Budge had fine one back in thirty-four = FOREHAND [ST 907. Is this just a reference to tennis player Don Budge, or am I losing my grip?]

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