DT 440

Bishop with present in something from the milliner’s? (7) = BANDBOX

bishop = B, with = AND, present = BOX

BANDBOX = something from the milliner’s?; light box for bands, caps millinery etc.

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DT 439

Foremost of surgeons measures ear-bone (6) = STAPES

foremost of surgeons = S, measures = TAPES

STAPES = ear-bone; stirrup

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DT 28385 – DT 28389

DT 28385

Shoe that’s in snakeskin (8) = MOCCASIN

Double definition.

DT 28386
DT 28387

Favourite clue:

Labour facing Tory inheritance (10) = BIRTHRIGHT

labour = BIRTH, tory = RIGHT

DT 28388
DT 28389

MOCCASIN = N. American pit viper

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DT 28379 – DT 28383

DT 28379

A charming utterance but it’s inflammable (9) TOUCHWOOD

Double definition if split 4,4.

DT 28380

Promise ‘Road to Hell’ in prime locations (4) = OATH

prime locations = 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th letters

DT 28381

Record solve! Favourite clue:

Mostly firm rear — hard to express disapproval! (8) = HARUMPH

mostly = deletion, firm = HARD, rear = RUMP, hard = H

DT 28382

As is usual after a record time really struggled with this one.

Flash artist in Globe — top coverage for Scotsman (8) = BALMORAL

flash = MO, artist = RA, globe = BALL

Timbuktu, a region including nomadic people (6) = TUAREG

Hidden word.

DT 28383

African has ox butchered (5) = XHOSA

butchered = anagram (of has ox)

Mark‘s store, first thing you see in town (6) = CACHET

store = CAHE, first thing you see in town = T

European in clerical garb given a new Scottish name (8) = ALBANIAN

clerical garb = ALB, a = A, new = N, Scottish name = IAN

BALMORAL = coverage for Scotsman; round flat Scottish bonnet with a pompom
TUAREG = nomadic people; Berber from the Sahara
XHOSA = African; Bantu speaking peoples from the South African Cape
CACHET = mark; private seal on a letter; distinctive stamp
ALB = clerical garb; long white sleeved vestment

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DT 438

Criminal receiving first-rate earthenware (7) = FAIENCE

criminal = FENCE, first-rate = AI

FAIENCE = earthenware

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ST 2889

Usual great puzzle on a Sunday.

Bit of incidental information is turned over with pleasure (9) = SIDELIGHT

is turned over = SI, pleasure = DELIGHT

Lack of faith he’s shown in source of notes (7) = ATHEISM

he’s = HES, source of notes= ATM

Favourite clue:

Popular Conservative policy that’s not on the level (7) = INCLINE

popular = IN, Conservative = C, policy = LINE

SIDELIGHT = Bit of incidental information; Any incidental illustration

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DT 28373 – DT 28377

DT 28373

Some pine for a £500 crossword (6,6) = MONKEY PUZZLE

£500 = MONKEY, crossword = PUZZLE

DT 28374
DT 28375
DT 28376

Some young volunteers rejected in private fashionable set (10) = GLITTERATI

Some young = LITTER, volunteers = TA, rejected = reversal, private = GI

DT 28377

Dismissed end to end, we hear (5,3) = THREW OUT

we hear = homophone, end to end = THROUGHOUT h. THREW OUT

METRO 16/3/17

Shrub found in all the best gardens (4) = HEBE

Hidden word.

Times 26671

Human being altered part of Bible (5) = NAHUM

altered = anagram (of human)

Officers in crew, say, put on warship (6) = SUBSET

Got this one wrong. Overlapping double definition or not quite &Lit? I suppose officers are a subset of the crew and crew, say = SET and warship = SUB

Times 26673

What would be left, see, at one’s perishing? (4,6) = LIFE ESTATE

perishing = anagram (of left see at + one = I). As in SUBSET above except got this one right. Left is part of the anagram and the definition. Benefit of the doubt makes it &Lit

Sink about ten with one pot (5) = DIXIE

sink = DIE, ten = X, one = I

Favourite clue, great definition:

Calls for flogging, note, diminished, for consuming alcohol (9) = TELESALES

note = TE, diminished = LESS, consuming = containment, alcohol = ALE

HEBE = shrub
NAHUM = part of Bible; Old Testament book
DIXIE = pot; military cooking pot or kettle
LIFE ESTATE = estate owned during the life of the possessor

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