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Best of Winter 3

10 September, 2010

Here’s Part 3 of the Winter wonders, a low-key homage to homophones in fact, with the first three clues answering to that recipe. Yet what is so fine about these babies – even when you know the formula at play, they still take a little bit of getting. Or they did in my case, and I loved every answer once I’d arrived.

See how you fare. Crack the six, then rearrange the initials into your Acrostic Answer, the word you need to clue for the finale next week. Good listening –

  1. Relief from dope, say (7) [Paul]

  2. Fish withdrawing from the sound (3) [Times 8746]

  3. First pair of knickers said to be hot stuff (7) [Puck]

  4. Measure of decay of lithium or iron? (4-4) [Io]

  5. Inclusion of demands of orthodoxy, etc (3,2,5) [Loroso]

  6. Gas on for breakfast? (6) [Mudd]

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