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pooksahib

18th February 2009, 13:41
"Fashionable name current in Austria" = 'inn'. 'in' is 'in fashion' but how do we get 'inn'?
"Girl in film consumed a yoghurt dish" = 'raita'. Raita is an Indian yoghurt based dish but I can't see how this clue works. Many thanks.
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geordie kermit

18th February 2009, 13:52
RITA consuming A

Educating Rita is a movie
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geordie kermit

18th February 2009, 13:55
RITA consuming A

Educating Rita is a movie
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kena

18th February 2009, 13:58
"Fashionable name current in Austria" = 'inn'. 'in' is 'in fashion' but how do we get 'inn'?
Fashionable = IN + N = name. INN is a river in Austria. In cryptic crosswords current = river.
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pooksahib

23rd February 2009, 19:50
Thanks folks. Just a wee one today:
"Surgical operation obstructed by prune" = 'lop'.
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trevor

23rd February 2009, 20:05
Surgica(l op)eration obstructed by prune
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trevor

23rd February 2009, 23:08
pooksahib,
I hope someone can explain this better than me.
If I am correct, then I think the clue is poorly worded.
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terry

23rd February 2009, 23:41
Trevor is right, the word play is very poor. We are supposed to accept that in surgical operation lop can be seen as an obstruction, blockage, in the way or whatever.
All crosswords have duds like this sometimes. Personally, I just forget them and move on.
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jimc

24th February 2009, 01:53
Surgical operation obstructed by prune.

I agree with some of the above, but if you take an (old) meaning of 'obstructed' - 'interrupted' (broken up/into) - then the clue does seem reasonable to me. 'Surgical operation' is broken up by 'lop' - and 'lop' means 'prune' (as in trimming a shrub).
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trevor

24th February 2009, 03:12
I could see all that Jim.
It still seemed a little poor to me.
"Surgical operation "is" obstructed by prune", maybe.
or,with a question mark ie,
"Surgical operation obstructed by prune?".
or even just leave out the word "by"
best wishes from Mr.Pedantic.
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