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19 March, 2020

In these strange days of self-exile, I thought I might pigeon-post some more baffling clues from UK puzzles past. Below I present ten mind-bogglers, where I can grasp elements of each, but never the entities. 

In contemplative self-isolation, can you fathom how these clues operate? And for extra sport, can you devise a clue for any of these same solutions?

1. Borrow, say, from one who may have some cheques = TRAVELLER [I know about George Borrow, but can't cotton onto Part II]

2. Hog a lot of time available for business = PIGEON [The charade is clear but not the secondary element]

3. Temporary relief from wild plant? Not always = ESCAPE

4. It enables one to get the message - after reflection, naturally = HELIOTROPE

5. Support for growing girl’s need = CAKE STAND [I hate to think...Is there more to this?]

6. Shaking violently following wild creature – no end of quest = ROCKING 

7.  Many an Anglo-Saxon runner needing a drink = MANHATTAN [Get the drink, just not the chaser]

8. Justice of the Peace? = BENEFIT

9. He came to a dreadful end, in agony = BAKER  

10.  Shortly about to run off without paying for this orange = NAVEL 

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