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#### mathprofrockstar

31st August 2021, 20:38
In today’s Guardian:

Turn up first part of encyclopaedia, perhaps — it's very small (4)

In today’s Times:

Letter from nine written in reverse (4)
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#### malone

31st August 2021, 20:43
I much prefer the second one - neater and niftier!
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#### jono

31st August 2021, 20:50
Agree, but the Guardian one was part of a theme so probably doesn’t stand alone quite so well
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#### mathprofrockstar

31st August 2021, 20:58
I did get the first one much more quickly as I had already done the Times puzzle.
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#### mathprofrockstar

31st August 2021, 21:00
Plus the theme as Jono mentioned.
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#### chrise

31st August 2021, 21:12
Sorry, someone is going to have to explain the Times clue to me (I solved the Guardian one and smiled when I worked out the parsing!]
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#### mathprofrockstar

31st August 2021, 21:13
First nine letters of the alphabet.
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#### jono

31st August 2021, 21:22
Brian Greer who is ‘Brendan’ in the Guardian was the crossword editor at the Times at one point. And I believe, a “math prof” in the US now
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#### chrise

31st August 2021, 21:30
Thanks MPRS. "From nine" seems a bit indirect. I haven't done a Times puzzle since I retired from teaching, though....
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#### mathprofrockstar

1st September 2021, 03:25
I went back and took another look at the Brendan puzzle and saw what a remarkable puzzle it was. I didn’t even realize at first just how many Greek letters he worked in. Across the top set of down clues alone there are tau, mu, and xi along with the obvious one. We math types love our Greek letters.
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