Funny side up
What is life without a dash of humour? As with life, so with crosswords.
Take the clue `Tearful letters are written on this glazed paper made from underground bulb (5,4)'. The funny side of the crossword lies in the solution: `ONION SKIN'.
The humour is often of the subtle variety. The more you think about it, the more you enjoy it.
As in `Quivering remains of a damaged submarine? (7, 5)' The solution is `NERVOUS WRECK'.
This is how the horse says `No' (5): NEIGH.
A hint closer home: `Language that reads the same from left to right and right to left? (9)' is MALAYALAM.
Try the following hints:
1. Is this where the marine fish sleep? (6
3 and 7. Torture though BA, MA and a Ph. D (5,6)
4. See 6 Across
6, 5 DN and 4 AC. Anxious about participating in the ballet (2,4,4)
8. See 3 DN
2. Not a live beginning? A cul de sac (1, 4, 3)
3 and 8 AC. Result of dropping the adding machine from the skyscraper (5,4)
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