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#1 2010-03-22 16:22:16

Registered: 2010-03-22
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Can't finish Times Cryptic 21548 ...

Can't fully figure out clue (so may have wrong answer!) ...

Clue (24A) is: "European ignoring Asian or African leader" (7).

I have letters I - - - I - N, which suggests ITALIAN as a likely answer, but why? Or if not, what's the proper answer?

Last edited by times_addict (2010-03-22 16:23:40)


#2 2010-03-23 02:50:04

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Re: Can't finish Times Cryptic 21548 ...

The answer should be IBERIAN. That’s SIBERIAN or LIBERIAN minus the first letter.

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#3 2010-04-25 14:58:40

Registered: 2008-01-06
Posts: 27

Re: Can't finish Times Cryptic 21548 ...

Well done. I wonder if the constructor deliberately designed that clue so that people would immediately think "ITALIAN".

If you're interested, I've made a cryptic crossword of my own (my first serious attempt at this) and you can see it on my website. It's called the Cryptic Colossus. I'd like to know what you think of it. Cryptic crossword construction is something of an art - I'm not sure I'm quite cut out for it.

You can find the puzzle at



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