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Title A & D
Setter The Tall'n
Series The Listener
Number 3956
Date 17/11/2007
Grid 1313 barred grid with 180 symmetry, although there are no horizontal bars. Clues are listed under the headings A CLUES and D CLUES.
Preamble Twenty of the A answers, which are all entered normally, are thematic, ten in one way, ten in another. Definitions in clues to eight of one sort are to the entry (given by the wordplay) when linked to the same theme word in each case. Answers to non-overlapping pairs of D clues are to be entered thematically, but not all in the same direction. The entries in each pair have one or two grid letters in common. Solvers must add appropriate numbers for the ten A entries without them, then complete and highlight two unclued entries (four words), which indicate the theme's topicality. Chambers Dictionary (2003) is the primary reference, particularly for one type of A answers.
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