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The Times - Specialist Feb 21 2014

"Stooping d0wn as — he must" (William Cowper) NEEDS
"There is in London all that life can afford", as his biography attests ACKROYD
A letter from Borges ALEPH
A supporter, say, of folk tales PROPP
Add the USA, perhaps, for St Jude THADDAEUS
Afterthought to modify bad French in hymn setting PSALM
An effort to include peculiar new ale for friend of Livesey TRELAWNEY
Astronomer-author who made a personal voyage CARLSAGAN
Bagworthy giant, achieved nothing inside DOONE
Black-and-white musician from Norway PIEDPIPER
Dickens story may ring a bell THECHIMES
Does not include Ash Wednesday, despite appearances EMBERWEEK
French and Russian agreements from novelist OUIDA
His downfall came after his masterpiece EMILEZOLA
Lime made a comeback in his best-known work KASTNER
Masefield involved her in one damned thing after another ELENA
Monies due in new production for Mozartian hero IDOMENEUS
Motown associated by Runyon with a prophet of David DETROIT
Novelist noted for his careful brushwork? RAPHAEL
Novelist seen in road by one German stream STEINBECK
Poet initially seen to differ from creator of Naughty Boy YEATS
Pope's card game analysed by Battle OMBRE
Seneca, for instance, or a Dreiser protagonist STOIC
Singular Welsh writer to take shape as keen advocate EVANGEL
Stars of performance by Horne ORION
Tate in use, perhaps, for one who likes Jane AUSTENITE
The Australian travel writer in Brooke poem? THEHILL
Unfairly blame reps in competition with 20Ac PREAMBLES
University journal ATHENAEUM
Wickedness is associated with the Pine-Bender SINIS
With victories like his, who needs defeats? PYRRHUS
Writers and critics agree, it takes first place PREFACE
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