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xfan

2nd October 2012, 20:06
Evening all. I am stuck in the NW with this week's. Any Any advice for 8a and 5d appreciated.
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xfan

2nd October 2012, 20:09
DOH! NE!!!!!!
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chrise

2nd October 2012, 20:12
Hi xfan
8a is a double definition - what would a stretch of working hours be?
5d I already mentioned I'm not entirely happy with. The second part is a "generic" politician.

btw, chrisg, which one did you have difficulty parsing?
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xfan

2nd October 2012, 20:26
Thanks chrise! Yes, the f changes everything! For 5d the first part is common in carpentry and engineering I believe.
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wally

2nd October 2012, 20:35
I hate these short word answers when the only help from other clues are vowels as in 1dn. Is the answer a room which is a (cowboys’) drinking place without Old?

5dn is what a collection in church is often called.

And do any of you use the answer to 18ac in everyday speech. I came across it about 40 years ago, also in a crossword, and have never come across it since.
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jazzgirl

2nd October 2012, 20:38
I agree on all three wally .
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chris4food

2nd October 2012, 20:47
ditto
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tonyw

2nd October 2012, 21:26
I have been to the sea food restaurant twice and also his bistro around the corner.Both absolutely superb.But if you are in Padstow again please try Paul Ainsworth at number 6 .it is a delight in inventive cookery.And the man is a genius.(in cookery)
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night owl

3rd October 2012, 03:05
Re: 6A. Got an answer that means "to some extent" but don't entirely understand clue. How does "normal" have any relevance?
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chrisg

3rd October 2012, 06:00
normal refers to the first three letters (especially in golf)
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