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DT 26452

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26452

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I’m pretty sure that this is a Shamus puzzle – it is a pangram which is becoming a trademark of his. It also has a mini-theme, with no less than four male names clued as representatives of European countries. However, I’m willing to bet that the clue attracting most criticism will be 23a, which is the name of a cricketer who was very famous in his day – but his day was a long time ago! Let us have a comment (on 23a or anything else).
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