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Irish Upshot

24 March, 2012

A fitting craic for Jimmy, our Irish storm brought out the best and most devious in all of us. Mighty thanks for those taking part – both for your dazzling clues and simpatico voting. (Though we may need to formalise the system, as a few of us took different approaches in the tally, but let’s clarify that kerfuffle another time. This is about Eire, and Jim, and those clues and cluers who made us all emerald with envy.)

Before we meet the winning quintet, a tip of the hat to Shamrock for a fine hooligan (8 points), and Kells and Ruby Bloomsday, both scoring 9 points for their smithereens. Now Sinead, the envelope please –

Fifth Place (on 10 points) is JOYCE for shillelagh: Cane prisoner in hellish stir

Fourth (11) is RUBY BLOOMSDAY for craic: Blast of fresh air through cricket club

Third (13) is JOYCE for leprechaun: Clean up her spilt Sprite

Equal first (15) is SHAMROCK for smithereens: Result of bomb – terrible mess in there

Sharing the trophy with FINNEGAN for whiskey: Poteen spoilt is why Ken left the north

Great stuff, and props to all Irish reelers for your jiggery-pokery. Feel free to add your threepence, and please take the time to reveal your true selves. On the score, this is Joyce talking…and signing off with a lasting cheers for a craic-er of a tribute.

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