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exigo

9th February 2009, 22:47
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Agent saying nothing, having destroyed maiden's name (6)
r?p???

I assume that agent gives rep and there's the possibility of nothing giving o, but it looks to me like it should be name=repute

About to be old or very old, but not 101 (5)
a?e?? - last letter will be fifth letter from first clue


Thanks in advance.
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jimc

9th February 2009, 23:10
Hi Exigo.

About to be old or very old, but not 101 (5) .. is ANENT (an old word for 'about'). ANENT is also 'ancient' less the 'CI' (101 in roman numerals).
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jimc

9th February 2009, 23:16
So, REPUTE is right, as you suspected.

REP (=agent) + UTE (='oute' sounds like 'owt' = nothing in Yorkshire etc.., less the 'o' for a maiden over in cricket).
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big dave

9th February 2009, 23:29
JimC

wouldn't the UTE be a lot simpler as (M)UTE (saying nothing) without the M(aiden)

that way Independent readers who don't live up North would have a chance of solving it!!
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jimc

9th February 2009, 23:31
I agree with you Big D. I think your explanation is much better.
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exigo

10th February 2009, 09:36
Many thanks to both of you. The '101' was taking me more down a binary route, I hadn't spotted the Roman numerals possibility.

The Mute-m approach is also obvious with hindsight, which is usually the best camera angle.

All done. Thanks again.
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