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Salon 12

25 March, 2013

Paul’s crossword from Saturday is a red-hot favourite to be considered for Crossword of the Year. A quirky theme suffusing an ambitious grid, with fresh clues, strong entries, and a delightful pay-off in the key entry: what more could a solver want?

Speaking of end-games, my manuscript deadline is April 1, no joke. With one mini-chapter in mind, do we have an Arabic speaker among us? I’m hoping to find a simpatico soul who may be willing to look over some Egyptian crosswords and tell me what they see. Drop me a line if you know someone.

And last, some palindrome fun, where a big jewel is a MEGA-GEM. Or dense filth is DUMB MUD. Each answer is a two-word cluster that can switch from right to left. So what’s:

DA1. Fish fanatic (4,3)
DA2. CEOs cry (6,3)
DA3. Brazil underbelly? (3,4)
DA4. Regal lubricant? (4,3)
DA5. Note umps (3,8)
DA6. NASA merch (5,4)
DA7. Deer laugh (3,6)

Blab answers, and create other clues, in the forum. The very same place where we discuss other Brit crosswords through this week, just like Paul’s Saturday feast.

Welcome to the new forum. Looks scary? It’s not. Feels iffy? It ain’t. The DisQus platform is here to block spam and lend us more chat options. That’s all. Please note, you don’t have to create a DisQus account to make a comment. If you do, however, it will speed your future visits. Be assured no details are abused, misused or reused. Let’s fight spam as one, and get back to the grand conversation. Thanks, DA

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