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zardoz

19th August 2010, 23:34
Well, that wasn't much fun. As sudokulover said, a real slog, especially in that corner.
AJT, that must have been a breeze. What a coincidence re the cooker. ;-)

Down to one letter in 38d. Assume it's "n". "Blow upset"? Never seen it used as a noun, but Chambers has it.
Can anyone explain the "half" missing in 3d?
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ixion

20th August 2010, 00:04
Hi Zardoz

38D - appears to be nuts
3D - this is the best I can come up with....

Lutetia (also Lutetia Parisiorum in Latin, Lukotekia before, in French Lutèce) was a town in pre-Roman and Roman Gaul. The Gallo-Roman city was a forerunner of the re-established Merovingian town that is the ancestor of present-day Paris. Lutetia and Paris have little in common save their position where an island, the Île de la Cité, created a convenient ford of the Seine
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zardoz

20th August 2010, 00:26
Thanks ixion.

Are "young bloods" referred to that way? Granted, they can be like that.

Fascinating bit of history re Paris, but the clue implies 4 letters removed & those names don't quite fit. Also, an "instrument" is mentioned. The closest I came was "archlute" but that seems to be more Italian.
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zardoz

20th August 2010, 00:34
Or "ustensile". Take away half(?) & anagram, but it has 9 letters.
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ixion

20th August 2010, 00:35
I agree with your reservations, maybe there is a variant spelling with eight letters - my ans for 3D means both clay and instrument.
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zardoz

20th August 2010, 00:45
Absolutely, but there's still the problem with the Paris connection & the missing half. Strange clue.
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leslie

20th August 2010, 07:34
The old name for Paris has 7 letters; 'from Paris', i.e. 'Parisian' implies add 'n' than chop off the second half.
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ajt

20th August 2010, 07:43
3d Chambers gives: Lutetian - adj. Parisian (l.Lutetia Parisiorum, the mud town of the parish, Paris, from lutum, mud)
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zardoz

20th August 2010, 09:49
Sorry Leslie, you lost me there, "Pari...."?

Oh, but now that I see AJT's post as well, I've finally got it. Actually, ixion @#20 just about nailed it. Perhaps I didn't understand the hints. Duh!
Thank you all.

So it's one of those tri-part clues :
Clay / instrument / from Paris (not half)
Those are rather rare. Are they in the rule book?


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