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aristophanes

26th February 2013, 17:58
Yes, andyc, I loved the palindrome. Sorry I had to miss out on all the fun, but it was one hell of a bonfire; I won't have to shave today. Excellent as always, Jolan. Back to raking the coals...
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andyc

26th February 2013, 18:00
Snow, fires, locusts next!
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chrise

26th February 2013, 18:02
Don't even joke about that, andy!
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emrach

26th February 2013, 18:07
Hi Jolan

One only NO 3 but we all have to start somewhere.
Thanks for the clues I will need to get into your mindset to at least increase it to two!

Thanks for the entertainment
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tony

26th February 2013, 18:18
Although I was pleased to get 4/5 I shouldn't have become obsessed that PP's was the political term-
Principle Private Secretaries.

Speaking not of PPs's but Chief Whips, another lovely
clue in Mephisto -
Common guy who might get in the way of people bicycling?! (4)

Thanks for another enjoyable 5@5.
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redundantelf

26th February 2013, 18:24
Thanks for the entertainment jolan - 3 correct this week, I need to go and lie down!!

btw tony - I too was obsessed with Private Secretaries as I thought the apostrophe and lower case 's' was a blind from jolan
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chrise

26th February 2013, 19:02
PLEB by any chance, tony?
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tony

26th February 2013, 19:45
That's right chrise.

A topical clue I thought.
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jolan

26th February 2013, 21:14
Well done Chrise. Again, nioce to see you again Tony. Liked those wee clues.
Although not necessary, I append my working as help to those starting cryptics.


1. angel = backer; light (v) = burn; back(burn)er = BACK-BURNER adj (fig) = not requiring immediate attention (Chambers D).

2. NEEDLES(s)

3. anag (departure) of “cloaking thug’s” = LAUGHING-STOCK = butt

4. (crypt). P = parking (Chambers Dict). DOUBLE-PARKING = obstructive behaviour

5. ....... to see It. It’s a PALINDROME

Thanks for the kind comments.

Bless you all till next week.

Respectfully

John
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