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28 August, 2015

For those coming to the Riddledom launch this Sunday - 4pm at ACMI - please make sure you get there early. Seating is limited and bookings aren't possible. (But hey, if the Festival bouncers block your path, then grab a drink and come by the pop-up bookshop at 5, and I'll tell you what you missed. I might even scribble your flyleaf.)


Meanwhile, to bide your time, see how you fare trying to unravel these tangled clues, salvaged from a sheaf of old Times puzzles. Some I kinda get, but need more insight. Others seem to lack a word, or a clear link. While one or two may as well be Urdu.

How do these babies work? And if you're feeling nimble-minded, can you concoct a clue for any of these same eight answers? OK, get set, go:

1. Are the perfect matches occuring in bouts? = FITFULLY 

2. Speaker’s to keep greeting in store for farmer, perhaps = HAYLOFT

3. Online engine providing tips to displayICON

4. Bouquet given in cross-channel charity event = FRAGRANCE

5. Status of some prisoners when required to swap wings in Dartmoor once = ON PAROLE

6. When time is right serviceman gets poison = CURARE

7. Tom following leaderless crew, misses rowing?CATFIGHT

8. Victim of John WB Adamson = ABEL 

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