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mrsalad

22nd September 2022, 16:58
29A."Bribe-takers associated with Blair-not finished as a PM (10).
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Many thanks.
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quisling

22nd September 2022, 17:12
Looks like PALMERSTON. To palm is to bribe, then Ton(y). I think it may be flawed, though, as a palmer would be one who gives the bribe, not one who accepts it. I’d prefer bribe-makers
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mrsalad

22nd September 2022, 20:19
Many thanks..Palmerston is correct.Fits in with 24 down "local".Had me stumped!
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mrsalad

23rd September 2022, 09:55
14a "Assassin's first approach room?" Have leeway but 9 down I have Oregon."A US state spies for Bush:(6).
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mattrom

23rd September 2022, 10:05
Could 9d. be A CA CIA?
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columbo

23rd September 2022, 10:23
9d is ACACIA as mattrom says, 14a is therefore correct as LEEWAY as in first name of Harvey Oswald and "WAY" for approach. took me a while to get that parsing.
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columbo

23rd September 2022, 10:25
Must admit, was going down the US state route with 9d as well for a long time
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mrsalad

23rd September 2022, 12:30
Thanks everyone...Cyclops always seems to put a couple of clues to confuse me.
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quisling

23rd September 2022, 14:44
Further to #2, does anyone think it’s fine as it is? Am I being too picky?
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jono

23rd September 2022, 15:16
Chambers has bribery as “the act of giving or taking bribes”. So I could bribe you by demanding money from you or by giving money to you. To me a palmer sounds more like someone receiving the bribe (into their palm as it were) as opposed to giving it.
I was ok with the clue, but I agree it could work either way.
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