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Puzzlaholics IV went down well, so I'm keeping the same format. The answers are words that can be split into two words (both of which mean something quite different and all of which is hinted at, somewhere in the clue). Here's an example:

CLUE:

I wandered lonely as a cloud,

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a sheep with his head cut off,

Gushing blood everywhere.

ram-bled

I'll also add spoilers to this post when people get the answers (unsolved are in purple). Please use spoilers for your answers!

1) The crab race was nearly over. As they rounded the final bend, the second place crab was tiring, losing ground on the leader. Then he realized his mistake, he was trying to run forwards! He changed to running sideways, and felt a boost of speed and energy. But would there be time to regain the lead?

late-rally

2) She used to own a collection of flat metal rings, until she gave it to someone else.

was-hers

3) Bill the badger was extending the underground tunnels of his home, when he uncovered a fossil of great scientific importance. It appeared to be a small donkey, but with a forelimb adapted for flight. Could this be the ancestor of Pegasus?

burro-wing

4) Little demons of the world, let us stand together! By working as one, we can be a law unto ourselves, causing our mischief without fear of retribution!

imp-unity

5) Coffee is in short supply, so we are only allowed one cup per day. I put a bit of brandy in mine to dull the pain from the jagged wounds left by that vicious tiger.

lace-rations

6) I read the book until I reached the part where diplomacy between the factions degenerated into a state of open hostility. Then I lost interest and just sat there bending the paper, watching the distortion of the words as I curved it.

war-page

7) Our dining room has an unusual layout. It is most interesting and everybody comments on it. As you see, the chairs are set out as normal, but the central feature of the room is missing.

no-table

8) They say Cap'n Purplebeard was the most feared pirate of all, famous throughout the seven seas, and the subject of many tall tales. He was said to have a wooden stump below the knee where he lost a foot.

leg-end

9) There is insufficient light to see it clearly, but there appear to be small depressions in the top layer of that laminated board.

dim-ply

10) Wing Commander Fitz-Titely was in full flow, whisky in hand, blathering on in his usual pompous, self-important manner:

"...and then fighter planes came out of nowhere and we had to make a swift exit, so we dropped our payload on an empty bog. All we blew up that day was a bunch of wild flowers. Michealmas Daisies, if I'm not mistaken, though from 20,000 feet it's hard to be sure..."

bomb-aster

11) Collectively, we dress the medium of space.

tog-ether

12) The manager felt that his staff were capable of acheiving normal standards, as he had motivated them by means of an allegorical story.

par-able

13) She was unmarried, and likely to remain so, as she was confined to the house. She whiled away the days, amusing herself with trivia while her wasted youth passed her by.

miss-pent

14) He sells bottles of "life force", claiming it cures all ills (they are empty really, he's a swindler).

chi-seller

15) There are other possible courses of action, although they would cause permanent changes to the indigenous people.

alter-natives

16) Preparations for the show were going badly. One of the actors had chosen a bad time to complain to the producer about the hourly wages being insufficient. The producer responded by ripping off the man's testicles.

cast-rate

17) This creature's body hair grows to a remarkable length, at just over 200 metres.

fur-long

18) We want these larvae to be well-fed before entering the pupal stage, so we provide leaves for them to eat, conveniently placed on top of these upright posts.

cater-pillars

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10) Wing Commander Fitz-Titely was in full flow, whisky in hand, blathering on in his usual pompous, self-important manner:

"...and then fighter planes came out of nowhere and we had to make a swift exit, so we dropped our payload on an empty bog. All we blew up that day was a bunch of wild flowers. Michealmas Daisies, if I'm not mistaken, though from 20,000 feet it's hard to be sure..."

Fitz Titely... Heh heh heh.

bomb-aster.

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13) She was unmarried, and likely to remain so, as she was confined to the house. She whiled away the days, amusing herself with trivia while her wasted youth passed her by.

I don't know if this has been done already :lol:

spin-ster maybe there's some trivia game I don't know about!

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13) She was unmarried, and likely to remain so, as she was confined to the house. She whiled away the days, amusing herself with trivia while her wasted youth passed her by.

I don't know if this has been done already :lol:

spin-ster maybe there's some trivia game I don't know about!

Sorry, no, but #13 is the only one unsolved now.

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ok this is actually starting to hurt now

is the last one something to do with

miss - something?

No hints I'm afraid, I'm sure you'll get it soon...

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What? There's more? How come nobody told me?

Anyway, in case you hadn't noticed, I love these ones. Thanks Octo.

P.S. Mafrofro -- you're sooooo close...

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What? There's more? How come nobody told me?

Anyway, in case you hadn't noticed, I love these ones. Thanks Octo.

P.S. Mafrofro -- you're sooooo close...

I'm having a bit of a strop now because i cant get it. You can claim it if you want. I'm having a proper mental block.

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Don't give up Manfro.... d3k3 is right...you are close....

won't speak for d3k3, but at least for me, it's the light going off when you solve it more than the "claim" that keeps me coming to the den. If I give you the answer you miss the light and I clearly spend too much time here....

:D

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it's too late! i'm a quitter! plus i have to go home from work. you two can fight it out between you to get there first :P

thanks for the encouragement though

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Quite right Nikyma, well done. And how about Dawg and d3k3 not answering so mafrofro would get it himiself? I'm all choked up. You guys...

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Quite right Nikyma, well done. And how about Dawg and d3k3 not answering so mafrofro would get it himiself? I'm all choked up. You guys...

Now I feel guilty for answering...I didn't realize he was on a mission. :o

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Quite right Nikyma, well done. And how about Dawg and d3k3 not answering so mafrofro would get it himiself? I'm all choked up. You guys...

Guys you must stop refering to her like that :lol:

Click on her name... SHE's PINK!!!

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Guys you must stop refering to her like that :lol:

Click on her name... SHE's PINK!!!

LOL, first I ruin her mission, then I give her a gender modification...how terrible. :blush:

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Guys you must stop refering to her like that :lol:

Click on her name... SHE's PINK!!!

Whoops, my bad! Sorry, mafrofro.

Don't feel bad Nikyma, she'd already thrown in the towel.

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hey it's cool. all's well that ends well. Go nikyma!

I'm slightly worried about this gender modification though, maybe i should try harder to sound female.

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