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firedog

16th December 2009, 16:43
Blowed if I can find 23: Arch of an inverted catenary shape 9 c-e------ and 15: Another name for asbestos 9 e-r------
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trevor

16th December 2009, 16:48
23 might be cheekbone
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aljanon

16th December 2009, 16:56
earthflax?
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firedog

16th December 2009, 17:13
Earthflax it was! Where on earth did you find that?
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firedog

16th December 2009, 17:52
Thanks, Trevor - but no. The letters I've got now are c-e-i-h-n and I can't find a single (English) word to fit, never mind one that fits the clue. I'm sure about the c, e and h and 90% sure about the others.
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trevor

16th December 2009, 17:58
I realised cheekbone was wrong because although it is a cetenary shape it is not inverted - unless you do a handstand.
Still cannot see the answer sorry.
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aljanon

16th December 2009, 18:10
ctesiphon?
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terry

16th December 2009, 18:11
if you Wikipedia "inverted catenary arch" you don't seem to find an alternative name for it. But you do find CTESIPHON described as the finest example of one. Could this be what you want.
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firedog

16th December 2009, 21:30
You two are brilliant. I'd found the word, but not made the link to the arch. It's a bad clue (Ctesiphon is a city, not an arch). But I won't forget it in a hurry.

Thanks for your help.

How about (cryptic) The cylinder's jammed (5,4)?
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jolan

16th December 2009, 22:06
Actually Ctesiphon IS an arch, Firedog (Chambers Dict)
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