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simon

12th January 2010, 17:36
Last 2 help needed, please.
21down) Yet such timber may have been stripped.
D?e???d(7)
28across) Stout chap in Spanish parliament ?o?t?? (6)

5th letter of 21down is the last letter of 28 across

Cheers v much, Si
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john (from arran)

12th January 2010, 17:45
First one is DRESSED which makes the second

? O ? T ? S

Could it be CORTES?
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sammy

12th January 2010, 17:48
Remember the poem On first looking into Chapman's Homer?
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific — and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise —
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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simon

12th January 2010, 17:51
Sammy& John from Arran- many thanks to you both, now have a finished crossword- fantastic!
Liked the poem, too.Great help. Cheers, Si
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john (from arran)

12th January 2010, 17:53
I can't say that I do remember that little ditty and it would make the first one DRESZED!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortes_Generales">This link to Wikipedia may be more useful.
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simon

12th January 2010, 17:59
Yes, of course! Not with it at all today!Ta v much John from Arran. Kind regards, Simon
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simon

12th January 2010, 18:05
Maybe you are both right. Of course it needs to be spelt Cortes. Yet the poem may allude to the first part of the clue. The FT always has a general knowledge theme to its cryptic xwords. Like its 12 across as an example.

12 across = Hesperus
12across clue = Hercules initially joined Perseus going out to find wrecked ship.
Anagram of H( h of Hercules) + Perseus = Hesperus
Also, Hesperus is a wrecked ship- poem by Henry Wadsworth.

Cheers Sammy and John. Kind regaards, Si
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sammy

12th January 2010, 18:23
John is a cheeky monkey! The first half of the clue is quoting from the poem.
I have always loved that poem since we learnt it at school and especially the last four lines - the sense of awe that overcomes them. That last line, so simple. Unforgettable the scene.
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john (from arran)

12th January 2010, 18:47
John is a cheeky monkey!

http://www.manlytoolman.com/images/Smilley_face_animated_wink.gif" />


Borrowed from another post!
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sammy

12th January 2010, 18:58
I like it! More smileys on here would be good.
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