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brendan

19th April 2014, 23:00
Can anyone help with the parsing for these.....

28a. James the second involved in an autobiography? (11) - GHOSTWRITER (Involved in an autobiography) Other than the definition, I don't get it.

45a. Bottom, old fashioned, is enlivening in turn, missing Thisbe's end (7) - STAMINA - It's 'ANIMAT(e)S without the E (thisb)E, backwards (In turn) - So on that basis the definition must be 'Bottom, old fashioned', but why?

6d. What's for smells, so exactly raised? (9) - PROBOSCIS (What's for smells) I think 'So' = SIC (raised) but as for the rest...?

9d. Hesitate to abandon member of the lower classes that's never born British (7) - SCRUPLE (Hesitate)

19d. Queen's clear - not very amusing (7) - RISIBLE (amusing)

24d. Man that's dashing to remove top from sail (7) - GALLANT (Man that's dashing)

31d. Scheming copper and later admin trainee entering profession (11) - CALCULATING (Scheming) It's 'Copper' = CU + 'Profession' = CALLING + AT which are the initials of A(dmin) T(rainee) but why is 'Later' an instruction to take the first letters?

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mamya

19th April 2014, 23:05
45 Chambers gives 'Bottom' as Stamina, staying power.


6 PRO (for) BOS(smells) + SIC (back)
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malone

19th April 2014, 23:07
6 Pro = for
Bos = smells (BO, body odour)
Sic = thus

19 Visible becomes Risible( 'not very' = remove the 'v')
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mamya

19th April 2014, 23:07
9 SCRU(b) Abandon
PLE(b) Lower classes
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ludo

19th April 2014, 23:07
for PRO smells BO'S with SIC exactly raised < 6d
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mamya

19th April 2014, 23:12
31

The CU enters then later the A T enters
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mamya

19th April 2014, 23:16
24 Topgallant is a sail
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imagcq

19th April 2014, 23:29

brendan

19th April 2014, 23:34
Thanks all, that's great. Hi Imagcq, I did look at various authors called 'James' and this one looks the likeliest candidate, but I still can't see where 'the second' fits in - any ideas?
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brendan

19th April 2014, 23:42
Unless..... could it mean the second person involved in the autobiography, ie. Subject = the first and 'The writer' = the second?
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