1 Across No 31: First person in France playing flute – can it make you like the wind? (3,4)

Master cryptic crosswords

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by David Ker |
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The Independent demands some French knowledge with their first cryptic crossword clue today.

There’s an anagram indicator in the middle of this clue in the form of ‘playing’ which is telling you to rearrange the letters in ‘flute’. However, ‘first person in France’ must precede this, and it’s this part of the clue which is testing our French proficiency.

Congratulations to those who know that the first person pronoun ‘I’ is ‘je’ in French.

Put it all together and we have our answer (and something which might ‘make you like the wind’): JET FUEL.

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