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tomasina

30th June 2010, 10:38
Am puzzled by 34a 'Japanese fish absorbs tar intermittently (6, two words). It seems the answer is 'A Salti' but I don't get it. Many thanks if you can help explain.
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k

30th June 2010, 10:52
A salti - intermittently

Ai - Japanese fish
Salt - tar/sailor
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k

30th June 2010, 11:00
Hi again tomasina

The rubric mentions 4 letters omitted from the wordplay and, although it doesn't affect the final grid, I wondered if you could give me the other two after M (4a) & D 35a?
Thanks K
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ajt

30th June 2010, 11:03
Hello K - I answered that this morning on another thread - M M D C. I'm pretty sure that's right, but I can't see the significance.
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jimc

30th June 2010, 11:05
MMDC = 2600 (Mephisto number).

JimC
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ajt

30th June 2010, 11:08
JimC - Thank you. I realised they were Roman numerals, but couldn't see why - never thought to look at the Mephisto number.
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k

30th June 2010, 11:13
Thanks AJT & JimC

I missed that completely - Doh.
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tomasina

30th June 2010, 11:29
That's great K, Many thanks. Am a keen cryptic crossword beginner and that's my first attempt at Mephisto so your explanation really helps. Have a nice day.
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