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tonta

12th February 2010, 10:10
First attempt at local cryptic - proving too tricky for me! Top left corner almost totally blank - same as my head obviously!

Digit's new shade of brown (6) _ _ _ _ E _

Mix in incoming letters (6) - - - - L -

Under a cow (5) _ O _ E -

Student's friend has esy {sic} win on board (8,4) _ _ _ _ L _ R _
MATE

Not available to me, without being anonymous (8)_ _ _ _ L _ _ _

Cricketer's leg to march around unknown territory (8)
_ _ _ _ R _ _ _

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tonta

12th February 2010, 10:13
Have just seen for myself that it looks like SCHOLAR'S MATE - don't know why!
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bullfrog

12th February 2010, 10:17
Mix in inco(ming le)tters (6) MINGLE

Under a cow (5) LOWER
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tonta

12th February 2010, 10:25
Bullfrog , you are a genius!
The one - not available to me .......(8) now has _ _ M _ L _ S
And Cricketer's leg .......(8) _ _ N _ R _ H _


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bullfrog

12th February 2010, 10:48
Cricketer's leg...looks like M(ON)ARCH Y
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tonta

12th February 2010, 10:53
I omitted the final dash in the clue Not available to me, without being anonymous (8) _ _ M _ L _ S _ Apologies for that. That penultimate S is dependent on the initial S of Scholar's mate.

Hope that is not too confusing!
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aljanon

12th February 2010, 10:55
And the other is
Na me less
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aljanon

12th February 2010, 11:07
missed one

The digit one is n umber

Cheers
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bullfrog

12th February 2010, 11:13
BTW, Scholar's Mate is a four-move checkmate that may catch out a novice chess player.
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tonta

12th February 2010, 11:24
To Aljanon and Bullfrog - Thank you both so much. I am in awe (and envious) of your talent. Maybe some day I'll manage.......
There are 2 other clues which I have been bold enough to fill in - even though I am baffled by the first of them:
It's cold here, and cold in lorry (6) _ _ _ T _ C I wrote ARCTIC
The R of Arctic gives me R _ O _ whhich must be RIOT for the answer to Chariots surrounding commotion (4) That just seemed TOO easy in the light of the level of difficulty of some of the others.
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