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2nd October 2012, 07:13
Welcome, Greenfire.

Just another cryptic. Same rules, & sometimes concepts borrowed from British setters, with acknowledgements. If you are familiar with the setter, that should help.

Phrasing might be more wordy. As other puzzlers have mentioned, some Americanisms. But on this side of the pond, we have to contend with British terminology. So, I think it's even.

I'll post my solution at the end of the week. The official one will be with next month's puzzle.

Work on it. Unlike some threads where the enablers chuck out answers like pap (where's the challenge in that?), here you will probably get hints. More fun that way.

But, if you have questions, please ask.

I have over a year of these in Dropbox.
If you're interested, I can post all of them. Couple of gaps when the magazine didn't arrive.

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2nd October 2012, 09:20
The defn. part for 16D is quite well concealed Greenpipe, possibly the easiest way to get it is to extend 1D.
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2nd October 2012, 15:12
Thank you all for the guidance. And I definitely don't want to just get the solutionns because I feel if I fill in a few more it will become much clearer. I've picked up a few simpler ones, but 36a is driving me nuts.

I get the blarney stone reference, but I don't if I'm just dense or what. I'm having difficulty seeing where to divide the clues and I may be thinking too deeply. For example, Greedy Kite suggests there is a definition with an anagram, so I've been stuck thinking is the anagram of blarney stone a definition for the second half? or are there 3 parts to the clue?

Just parsing the clues is difficult, wondering if there are usually 3 parts to Maltby's or are there usually just two parts...

Thanks so much for the help, I hate not being able to solve something. I've always been a tinkerer and this is fun!
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2nd October 2012, 15:14
Oh and @syzygy, I was going to ask for the blank sheet to the previous month's but I just found it on the other post. Thanks!
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greedy kite

2nd October 2012, 15:19
The other way round, greenfire: the answer is a kind of (precious) stone, and it's an anagram of dealer (that's why it says corrupt) + abbreviation for million!OK now?
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2nd October 2012, 15:35
OMG, I burst out laughing...corrupt...see, this is perfect example of just looking past the simple...

Thanks so much but I do have one more question, what gave you the idea for an abbreviation for million? Was it just experience or is there something I'm missing in the clue such as bucks being short for dollars?
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3rd October 2012, 21:46
Well, I've finished - ish.
I've got everything except 3 bits that are niggling me
3d) Got the first 4 letters but can't find any variant spelling for the last letter to make sense.

28a)Got 1st,2nd,3rd,6th,7th,9th letters and have a word to fit, but it doesn't seem to fit with the link hint which I'm sure is 'hint d' as I have the other 5 hints to correspond with the grid entries i've finished.

21d) Just can't see a word for this at all which thwarts my progress in getting the 5th letter of 28across.

A great puzzle once again but with one question mark. Would you agree that the answer to 34across is in a different tense than the clue word def, should the clue word be 'Flattered'?

Feedback welcome from the finishers
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3rd October 2012, 22:02
3d- I don't know of a variant, but it's a simple homophone.
28a- As a homophone it's a bit of a stretch, but I guess it works.
21d- I think this is an Americanism- not the answer itself but the word that's formed when you put it in front of docks (in Chambers). Good luck is the definition.
I agree about flattered.
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3rd October 2012, 22:28
Cheers aristo, my problem with 3down was that I was looking for a fish being a ????, but now realise it's an ??? and have got it now.
still working on the other two
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3rd October 2012, 22:36
Got 21down now, we used to have a TV series in Britain called that, starring Michael Elphick

This knocks out my original 28 across, but now I can only find one answer to fit in which doesn't make sense. I keep saying it in my head and it just won't register like a homophone. It's the only one in Chambers. Just one other idea for the emcees spin would be if it ended in 'Toasts' but never heard of that
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