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Mar. 9th, 2012 (UTC)

Good middle of the road Times cryptic. 20 minutes to solve. Very glad the cryptic was clear for 16D because couldn't remember the spelling of a name I had heard before.

It would appear to be time to resurrect the thought that by and large it is not good technique to fill in 4 letter word answers without first obtaining some checking letters.

In this case 8D is an easy clue and gives an "A". That rules out "jade" but not "nias". 10A is easy and gives a "W" in 7D. That in turn prompts thoughts of "wild" and hence "BEWILDERING". Now we have B?A? at 7A and only one answer is possible.

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