Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Man in the Middle

Eight unclued entries share a common link (four one way and four the other) the conjunction of which will provide the “man in the middle” who should be highlighted (seven cells), thereby requiring solvers to determine the order of the two letters to be entered in the cell that is initially blank following completion of the grid.  Answer lengths refer to grid entries.

DICK can precede FRANCIS, TURPIN, VAN DYKE and WHITTINGTON, while DICK can follow CLEVER, CRESSIDA, MOBY and PHILIP K.  The “Man in the Middle” is therefore DICK DICK, giving the central highlighting and the ordering of the two letters (KD) in the initially blank square to offer both KICKER and DICKER to 25a.

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