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chrise

4th February 2013, 13:17
I've only just caught this thread, so I didn't have chance to solve them myself, but I can confirm BONXIE - XI for team in BONE (which can be picked), and it's another name for the Great Skua, which is a remarkably offensive bird - just visit Handa island in the breeding season!
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trevor

4th February 2013, 13:20
aah, it was the 'offensive' part of the clue which i couldn't understand, thanks for that.
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jazzgirl

4th February 2013, 13:21
I've only just returned home, but I did manage to get BIrdsong and Brass Monkey Weather
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aristophanes

4th February 2013, 13:23
Yes, all the same as trevor's. I had to look up bonxie to see if it was vicious.
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ixion

4th February 2013, 13:31
Thanks for having a go everyone, wordplay below...

1. Not so boring sods, furiously tweeting perhaps(8)

Anag(furiously) of "boring(so)ds

2. Eponymous hero first bringing seasonal misery from the East(7)

B(ringing)FLU WOE reversed

3. Can an indefinite number be taken from an awfully big nose?(6)

Aang(awfully) of big(N)ose

4. An offensive bird may, arguably be picked and put in the team(6)

BONE(may arguably be picked) around XI(team)

5. The original Bisto, occasionally lumpy, ie mix well for good gravy(6)

B(isto)LuMpY mixed with IE

6. In the manner of Spooner somewhat conspicuous and talking nonsense(10)

rather bling - blather (r)ing

7. They may be uplifting and (bordering on sexism) in harmony with “tuck in the girls when it's cold outside”(5,6,7)

BRAS(may be uplifting)
SM(bordering on S(exis)M
ON KEY(in harmony)
W(ith)
EAT(tuck in)
HER(the girls)





Cook encourages a load of young nits to make breakfast perhaps, the ultimate waffle?(3,4)

Anag of final letters(ultimate waffle) - triple defn
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aristophanes

4th February 2013, 13:37
Very good, ixion! Much better than the Super Bowl, and no commercials.
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peterm

4th February 2013, 13:39
Thanks ixion. Very good. Looking forward to your next challenge.
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trevor

4th February 2013, 13:43
always impressed Ixion. thanks.
Aristo - no commercials but a blatant use of product placement. Ixion will soon be able to bathe in gravy.
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aristophanes

4th February 2013, 13:51
Some of the SB commercials were rather kinky too. Ixie's puzzle doesn't have a halftime show with Beyonce at least. I'm waiting for her Mahler album.
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andyc

4th February 2013, 14:07
Thank you Ixion, much appreciated (very clever too).

Andy
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