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2585: Happy Anniversary

10 December 2022

9:00 AM

10 December 2022

9:00 AM

An anniversary (1A, three words) today offers ten unclued entries, all of whose unchecked and cross-checking letters spell out HAHA! DRY GINS ASSURING TRASHY ANAGRAMS.


9    State welcome hosted by Oscars (4)

11    Stanza in excessive, unending Ave Maria delaying mass (6,4)

12    Bash old boy, a grass (4)

18    Pulling evenly, stripped part of a bone (5)

20    Chap trouble is concerning trousers (7)

21    Goddess harbouring worry about mistress (7)

24    Hint of allspice lacking in sausage ragout (5)

25    Reluctant Liberal associated with profanity (5)

30    Grave talk about a collector of filth? (4,3)

32    One avoiding bulk of Mauritian wild buffalo (7)

36    Acceptable English recipient (5)

39    Youth...

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