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Clues of 2013

1 January, 2014

Happy 2014, word lovers! Yet before we plunge headlong into the new year, I’m keen to parade the pick of clues from 2013. Without answers, as you’ll see. These will hail in a future post, part of a Best Of series in coming weeks.

Most of these gems hail from the Times, unless stated otherwise. Regulars will recognise a few from earlier dispatches. Each has a sleek surface story, with a fresh burst of wordplay. (Damn, if only I’d thought of these darling deceptions first.) Feel free to answer them in the Forum below, so long as all comers know the risk of checking.

  1. Provocative poster displaying prostitute, perhaps wanting work (5)

  2. Temporary suspension gives a diva a change of heart (8) [Paul]

  3. Sensed Kama Sutra might be very passionate (2,4,2,7)

  4. Booklet: What To Do Next (7) [Puck]

  5. Stand up in bath (4)

  6. Prizes left over at races (8)

  7. Vamp explored love in bed – not really fair! (8,6) [Picaroon]


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