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Meh 25

15 August, 2017

Not every clue can be a zinger. Some galumph, while others need orthopaedic shoes. Like this bunch, if I'm being honest. For different reasons (explained in brackets), I reckon these offerings could do with a refit.

Do you agree, or am I being harsh? Feel free to air your thoughts or craft some nimbler alternatives, using the same answers as your own.

1. Piqued person who helps actor for TV = CROSS-DRESSER [A few flaws from Times 10947 - dresser is dresser in both senses, and where's the definition?]

2. Dressing from clinic = MAYO [Philistine etches a neat picture, but I reckon the Mayo Clinic needs a stronger definition. Love the seaming; not sold on the def.]

3. No holding boy in battle = NASEBY [Seriously, SEB is boy? Why not LUC or ELI or GAZ. You feel me, Times 10926?]

4. Leap by black fighter = JUMP JET [Jump jets jump, hence their name. From Monk]

5. Former president getting paper's gossip = BUSH TELEGRAPH [Again from Monk, beset by a second hookworm]

6. I don’t believe a chap who thinks god exists = ATHEIST [More a paraprosdokian - or twisted sentence - than a clue, from Sunday Times 1039]

7. Ruler’s operation in wartime = OVERLORD  [The Normandy landing was called Overlord after overlord, the word, or ruler. Times 10811]

8. Settle for salary increase? = PAY UP [Orlando pushing the envelope of a double-def, but not far enough for mine.]

Agree? Dispute? Share your own views & clues.

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