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Clues of 2013 (7)

18 January, 2014

Last post, without a hint of Gallipoli – seven sublime clues from 2013, all culled from Fleet Street. Savour this finale as the clues are all brain-curlers, with most from The Times, unless stated otherwise. Enjoy them, posting your own answers, or theories, in the forum.

  1. Fish crates scattered on boat in profile (9,6)

  2. Delivery man at the door (7) [Paul]

  3. Window buffs to adopt Kindle (9)

  4. Cuckoo clocks, chocolates, snow, Alps and Heidi ultimately this? (5) [Paul]

  5. Big strikes over mass discrimination (6) [Picaroon]

  6. One’s made to pluck hot stuff from one’s mouth (4)

  7. Reduced lottery draw providing treasure (7)

LAST POST’S SOLUTION: (1) Seminar, (2) dory, (3) Skylab, (4) basaltic, (5) parole, (6) deaf, (7) assort

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