Crossword 764 answers and explanations

By David Tossman In Cryptic Crosswords

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The same difference There is no such thing as a perfect synonym, or so some authoritative writers tell us. All apparent synonyms offer different shades of meaning, hence the popularity of thesauri (or thesauruses) to help us pin down those subtle tints or hints of difference. Personally I think the sheer acquisitiveness of English has given us quite a few perfect synonym but it's the far more numerous imperfect synonyms that concern me here. Because most synonyms are imperfect, crossword puzzles – both cryptic and straight – necessarily depend on a certain fuzziness of meaning. Clue writing ...

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