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Six of the Best (UK Clues)

17 August, 2012

As promised, here are the bell-ringers from 1995, the yardstick by which to measure our own creations for the same six answers. (As you can now see, I’ve managed to transfer the best among our own clues, helping with the countermeasuring, and the general Storm debrief.) So, while these are good – does any Dabbler clue score better? What do you think?

Before we can decide, let’s savour Blighty’s best, all deriving from The Times of that year:

BURGEON: Egg stuffed into good French mushroom
[versus SAM: Shoot! Back massage gone wrong!]

LIONLY: One card missing from pack? Looks like the king
[versus Mr X: “Like Richard I” uttered Leo IX or CL: Royal Jet exclusive!]

ESCORT: Date: June 4th, August 5th, October 2nd or September 4th
[versus SK: Service sector worker?]

MANDRILL: Creatures seen by edges of moor, poorly
[AC and jpr manipulated moons, but beast bit…]

LEAP YEARS: Scrabble players with duplicated vowels – they need more time
[RM was getting warm with female proposals and ripe anags, but this UK clue is superlative.]

POLICE BRUTALITY: Introduciton of law into a public riot, yet in the wrong way
[versus SK: Official beat-up deemed true by political spin]

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