thanks xfan the word that makes needled not fit is, clue is "gradual accumulation" I have got accession and one of the s knocks out needled once again I have n?s?l?d you convinced me it was worth another go cheers
Jean. Yes, accretion is the word you wanted. If a word feels right but doesn't "fit" with other clues it is always worth checking in a dictionary just to be sure: we all do it! Have we put this one to bed now?