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Isis Crisis

17 June, 2014

Here’s a Storm idea to evoke the Garden of Eden, since a pair is banished from one word to create the other. Rather than cryptic clues, let’s go for elliptic, meaning a sneaky & succinct signpost to what two words you’ve rendered. Current Iraq plight, say, would be ISIS CRISIS. While Condom would be a CONTRACEPTION CONTRAPTION.

As you can see, the reduced word can be the first or second. While in all cases, the two banish letters must be consecutive.

Let’s supply answer counts – as these will be tricky to solve. Plus your byline and number too, allowing us to keep track of what has been cracked. Here’s my opening bunch:

DA1State apparatus (5,7)
DA2Lashing horror flick (9,3,7)
DA3Sexual cow (8,10)
DA4Bird nut (7,5)
DA5Seizes peasants (7,5)
DA6Bluntly: a journo (7,4,5)

Go on – have a banish bash.

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