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Emmy Outcome

28 September, 2013

Modest number of claimants this week, but not less intense, or splendid, pretty much like the Emmy shortlist. As that was the game, converting any of the Outstanding Actresses into wordplay, with the ultimate winner scoring a cream-o-crop US crossword volume.

As a grand final looms, I won’t dilly-dally. Here are the results. With three red-hot clues among a mosh of notables:

CLAIRE DANESAbout fifty dogs got new Frontline replacement [Morse found pooches in the Great Danes that nobody else could detect, impounding 13 points from 5 votes.]

VERA FARMIGARave review for green grocer? [Dinosaur nerd, Ross Gellar shares the silver medal, also netting 13/5 with a brilliant bit brand placement.]

MICHELLE DOCKERYHell frozen over? Parting joke [Gold must go to Miss Fisher for a stellar double-container that puts Mr Tupper to shame. A fine clue, with a 16/4 return.]

Congratz to the Fish. You schooled us all, including Skylar here. The final ‘scale’ among the starlets, combining both clue scores, sees Buffy 1, Smithers 3, Kojak 4, Skylar 8, Ross G 13, Morse 20 and Miss F 21. Declare yourselves, and the black-and-white bling can be forwarded.

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