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Paul's Pearls 2

25 May, 2012

Pen sound, but unable to write? (That’s a charade clue for OINK, as devised by Paul.) And these next clues carry equal grunt and guile. See how you fare with the septet, as chosen by our own Dabbler Anthony, with the forum open for hints and impressions.

(Our final ‘instaulment’ of clues will arrive on the weekend, with a special Storm next week to see who can out-Paul Paul. PS – a side note: Clue #3 was the setter’s debut clue, back on April 19, 1995, nine days after my first child was born.)

  1. Jazzman puts immense layers on (5,8)
  2. Man fought to be heard (6)
  3. Name sewn into footballer’s underwear (8)
  4. Pain in Chirac’s brain? (6,4)
  5. Punishment that’s capital to a point? (8)
  6. Ring…until you get to speak to a human being, it often seems (8)
  7. Ruffian gets round trap (not fair) (8)

PAUL 1 SOLUTION: 1 Addition 2 Fall apart 3 Compos mentis 4 Parting 5 Council 6 Hexagon 7 Ivan the Terrible

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