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  •  my thesaurus (3+ / 0-)
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    pucklady, Nova Land, OldPhart

    gives SETS (circles of friends = sets of friends), so 24A is NOT.

    So that finishes it, but I don't get 24A.

    Still the mysterious two answers for the acrostic...

    Gotta go in 30 minutes for a couple of hours.  Will definitely look at the C-Gs over the next few days.

    •  SPOILER: 24-Across explained. (It's good!) (3+ / 0-)
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      science, pucklady, OldPhart

      The answer to 24-A is not not!

      Look at the clue again, and ask yourself why I used the words jazzy and quirky.  Ooh, look: jazzy has J and Z and quirky has Q.  Now those are letters you don't see in every clue, and there they are all 3 of them. Wonder if there's an X in the clue...  Why yes, there is, up there in explain.

      Hmmm.  Maybe it would be a good idea to write down the alphabet, then go through the letters in the sentence and see if there's any letter which wasn't used...

      Well, what do you know?  It's one of the most common letters in the alphabet -- the most common consonant, as I recall -- and yet, in this clue, which is actually an unusually long one, there is--

      no T!

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