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Clues of Repute - 2017 [3]

15 December, 2017

Penultimate bunch of eight, celebrating the finest in Cryptopia 2017. How many will you nab at first glance, or second glance? Or will you need a big hint dropped by your fellow solvers below?

Gotta say, Nos 4-6 are ingenious. Damn - they're all good. That's why they made the list!

As a last hurrah, who can make a chic alternative to any of these, responding to the same answers? And if I don't get a chance later: a happy X to all Xworders.

1. Clubs seals and we'd get hides (4,5) [Times 10972]

2. Child allowance kept economy active (6,5) [Arachne]

3. One holds nothing back where it's easy to be anonymous (6) [Sunday Times 1062]

4. Fall back drunk, having swapped hands twice (7) [Times 10963]

5. Try getting popular on Twitter? Sad (5-7) [Tramp]

6. Tyre here heading for blowout, given external force (7) [Paul]

7.  Sound is a little faint, actually (6) [Anax]

8. Simplified drawings of clouds over Indian city (8) [Arachne]

Share ideas and huhs and rival clues below.

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