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      "Staunch"?

      <Hard stare>

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        What’s wrong with „Staunch“?

        Think I have most of yours, IT but I’m damned if I know how it ends.

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          It's an adjective?

          The verb is stanch?

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            The dictionary suggest both are possible https://www.thefreedictionary.com/staunch

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              I’d never encountered „Stanch“ until I opened this thread.

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                Stanch and Staunch

                I think of "stanch" as being more American, but YMMV

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                  Both OED and Merriam-Webster list "staunch" as a nonstandard spelling of "stanch" don't they?

                  (I'll admit, I only found this out in the last week after seeing a cartoon featuring paramedics in Private Eye, or somewhere

                  But hey-ho)
                  Last edited by Del Usory; 07-01-2019, 18:42. Reason: Wrong way round, you clown!

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                    Staunch as 10 Essex girls exhibit promiscuity (12)

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                      No- OED has STANCH/STAUNCH

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                        Originally posted by irony towers View Post
                        Staunch as 10 Essex girls exhibit promiscuity (12)

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                        I need guidance as to what the ending is, IT. -ING?

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                          Oh well.

                          When I looked it up it seemed to suggest OED had stanch going back to about 1800, and the earlier citation

                          But I've slept (although fitfully) since then.

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                            Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
                            I need guidance as to what the ending is, IT. -ING?
                            Try another way of writing the numeral.

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                              Originally posted by irony towers View Post
                              Try another way of writing the numeral.
                              I thought Id got that.

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                                  Ah, finally got it. But will leave for Nef

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                                    Regular unchasteness confused Italian.

                                    (6)

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                                      Thanks IT- complete word blindness on my part, Nice clue (if you're not from Essex, anyway)

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                                        I'm not sure about it. I don't think clues that involve two consecutive wordplaying actions to solve are entirely fair. I think we've concluded on here before that finding a synonym and then making an anagram of that synonym is unfair, and while this is easier (translating 10 into TEN before finding the hidden word), I still think it falls in the same area of slightly-too-much. I've never seen such a clue in a published crossword.

                                        (Note: I guess it is possible I have seen such a clue, but have never solved it)

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                                          Tuscan stereotype- he isn't rich AI developer (12)

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                                            Access threat to 'Chiantishire', another portmanteau (6)

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                                              Possible access threat to 'Chiantishire'? Another portmanteau (6)

                                              - R - - - - (6)

                                              [per wikipedia "Chiantishire is an informal nickname given to an area of Tuscany, Italy, where many upper class British citizens have moved or usually spend their holidays."]
                                              Last edited by seand; 09-01-2019, 09:12.

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                                                Brexit mish-mash rejecting Europe? It's 'The Fall' writ large (4,5)

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                                                  . R . . / . . . T .

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                                                    Brix Smith pose, working outside the box, promotes an image of cool (10)

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