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Listener 4356: Mashonaland by Raffles

It's good to be back! Apologies to the setters that have had to miss out on my comments over the past few weeks!

I found this puzzle pretty tough. I solved the clue for SIGNORA quite early, and as I was on holiday with plenty of spare time, I decided to browse through the "Phrases and quotations from foreign languages" section in Chambers, presuming that was where the quotation would be found. I am glad I did! Finding the right phrase was confirmed by MASH-onaland, but it still took me a while to realise that the ladies were all Italian! Even then some of them took some locating (a few obscure ones!) and a lot of their clues were pretty tough too!

At least I was able to correctly guess the "contradictory" quotation quickly which speeded up solving the rest of the clues, so I managed to get over the line eventually.

In the end an ideal challenge during a leisurely holiday - I might have been panicking on a normal week!


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