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Re(5): Listener No. 4368, The Name of the Game: A Setter's Blog by Harribobs

I am sure that you are right, Richard, along with the Listener, but I just can’t see it. To me the clause in the preamble is part of the clue. As I said above if we had a preamble that said sums produced the answer + 1, the clue ‘X = 6 + 3’ for 8 would be correct because the clue is actually ‘X = 6 + 3 –1 mentioned in the preamble’. Similarly if we have preamble that says the wordplay produces an extra letter then the clue 'definition = wordplay' is actually ‘definition = wordplay minus a letter mentioned in the preamble’. But I am probably being thick!


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