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marnie

30th March 2009, 14:55
20a Honourable office-holder put a pound in front of us? It indicates corruption! (6)

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I have OBELUS but I don't see the connection with corruption. Can anyone help please?

Obelus: A mark [thus —, or ÷]; -- so called as resembling a needle. In old MSS. or editions of the classics, it marks suspected passages or readings.
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big dave

30th March 2009, 15:04
Marnie

You've already done the hard bit!!

OBE (honourable office-holder) put L (a pound) in front of US
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big dave

30th March 2009, 15:07
Chambers gives: Obelus - a sign ( – or †) used in ancient manuscripts to mark suspected, corrupt or spurious words and passages

which makes it just a little clearer
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marnie

30th March 2009, 15:49
Big Dave
Thanks for your help once again
Regards
Marnie
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