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geordie kermit

28th January 2009, 09:07
Got a handful left yesterday.

5d Typical Letters about current nervous affliction (14)

_ _ A _ _ _ T _ _ _ S _ I _
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jimc

28th January 2009, 10:01
Hi !
It looks like CHARACTERISTIC is the answer.
CHARTER (let/letter) containing AC (electrical current) + IS (letterS, S short for IS) + TIC (nervous afliction).
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geordie kermit

28th January 2009, 10:28
Cheers Jim.....I was on totally the wrong lines!

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big dave

28th January 2009, 13:38
As a matter of interest, did "letters" have an apostrophe in the original clue? Without it the wordplay is, in my opinion, somewhat tenuous.
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john (from arran)

28th January 2009, 17:06
The answer is correct, but I think you have the breakdown slightly wrong. The electrical engineering symbol for current is 'I', which gives:

CHARACTERS (letters) about 'I' + TIC.

HTH.
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jimc

28th January 2009, 17:19
Thank you, John from Arran - your explanation is much better. Like Big Dave, I was also unhappy about the wordplay that I gave, but it seemed close enough to possibly be right.

More haste, less speed should be my New Year's resolution.
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geordie kermit

28th January 2009, 20:17
No apostrophe Dave
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big dave

28th January 2009, 22:07
No need Geordie - John's explanation was what I was looking for - I just missed the bit about "i" representing the current.
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