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Lucky it's not his specialty

Soothes unwanted stings

Unkind and unable to bring together

Tradesman need not submit

Unscrambled the missing title

Wild horses couldn't fix that mess

The reorganization's impossible to swallow

Politely and tenderly refused

Followed without being obligated

Not allowed entry to the performance

Edited by plainglazed
moved #6 to #10
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Lucky it's not his specialty -

Soothes unwanted stings - Aloe?

Unkind and unable to bring together

Tradesman need not submit - Amateur?

Unscrambled the missing title - Anagram?

Not allowed entry to the performance -

Wild horses couldn't fix that mess -

The reorganization's impossible to swallow -

Politely and tenderly refused -

Followed without being obligated - Acquiesced?

These are probably too similar to the hint given.

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I apologize for being so vague regarding the structure of these one-liners. Realize they are not very obvious on their face. Playing with them for quite a bit while composing can skew ones objectivity as to their apparency. And in retrospect, cannot see how outlining how these work could take away from the take away in any way. Well, spoilers anywho...

HINT as to the word play]Each line describes with synonyms/short definitions, two different words and some kind of direction that one of the words should be subtracted from the other. The answer then remains with each of the ten fitting a general theme hinted at in the title.

HINT, here's an example]Concern absent being embarrassed

Regard (Concern) - (absent) red (being embarrassed) = gar

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well DD, would say you've gotten at least two three now. nicely done. agree these are a little tough. was counting on the theme making these a little more reasonable. will say all of the answers are either three or four letter words of which there are not that many that qualify. and I think all are pretty common names with WOD's answer to number six being the least well known in my opinion. perhaps working backwards with a suspected answer might help to reel in the last four three.

EDIT: responding to DD's latest.

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Sigh...previous post should be "Spoiler for 10...". Was reading Dudley's post and it must have got stuck in my head. Anyways...

Betray - bet = ray

I was thinking of other words with ray like portrayal - portal = ray ahaha.

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and DD lands the last one...

Lucky it's not his specialty fortunate - forte = tuna - by WitchOfDoubt

Soothes unwanted stings consoles - cons = sole - by DudleyDude

Unkind and unable to bring together uncharitable - unitable = char - by DudleyDude

Tradesman need not submit carpenter - enter = carp - by DudleyDude

Unscrambled the missing title decoded - deed = cod - by WitchOfDoubt

Wild horses couldn't fix that mess mustangs - muss = tang - by WitchOfDoubt

The reorganization's impossible to swallow shakeup - sup = hake - by DudleyDude

Politely and tenderly refused genteelly - gently = eel - by WitchOfDoubt

Followed without being obligated shadowed - owed = shad - by plasmid

Not allowed entry to the performance - portal + portrayal = ray - by jippiidan and WithchOfDoubt

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