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Stormathon Clues 3

13 December, 2011

Part 3 of this year-ending Stormathon, perhaps the sneakiest sextet from 2002 AD. Chance your arm at all six, with the forum awaiting for hints, hopes and big reveals. (Just a reminder to use a summer alias to cloak your ID when clueing time comes around.)

As that’s the challenge, to create some chic clues for any of these answers, with the best peer-voted effort being in the swim for our final book booty. (If your late to the chase, then hope back a few posts to trace how the action began.)

Alternatively, once the six initials of today’s solutions are jumbled, you’ll make a word. Invent a decent clue for that word, and save it for a send-in to the DA Email later this week, along with clues for the Stormathon’s other thee hidden words. Clear as mist? Here are the six:

  1. Cut from ear to ear (6)

  2. A different girl? (7)

  3. Veteran fighter content (5)

  4. Front tyre becoming frayed with time (8)

  5. Whaler returned by degrees to islands (7)

  6. Significant base in Gulf conflict (10)

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