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Salon 18

9 June, 2014

I’m thinking about male/female couplings, in a semantic way, you understand! Most of the suspects are direly old-fashioned, such as poet/poetess, or hero/heroine. (When was the last time you saw an aviatrix in action?)

But then I found a few curiosities that inspired today’s conundrum. To change from the male to the female counterpart, what sees:

  1. The suffixing of ER? (from female > male in this case!)
  2. The suffixing of A?
  3. The prefixing of S?
  4. The changing of R to T?

Major kudos for cracking the last of these. Or anyone who can explain this Down clue from Osmosis:

Corrupt old member, heading southwards, Bury? = ENTOMB

More clue to tackle this week in the Times Tally, where resume my run on #40 after a solid week of solving just been. Feel free to join the race. Or share the bee’s knees in the G crosswords.

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