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Mar. 9th, 2012 (UTC)

A depressing 21:53 for me, with around ten minutes spent agonising over 7ac: I'm familiar with the phrase "to hack it" but still found it hard to convince myself that "hack" = BEAR, though I had no problem with BEAR = "an ill-mannered person".

Surely anyone who hasn't come across the word "muggle" must have been living on the Planet Zog for the last 15 years. Even if you haven't read any of the books (and I read the first one fairly early on just to see what all the fuss was about), it would surely have been hard to miss the Nancy Stouffer court case.

As I understand it, the names of living people are excluded from the Times crossword in case they might be offended in some way. I believe there was a case many years ago when someone took umbrage because of the way their name was clued, but I can't quote chapter and verse.

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