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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix


Solve these puzzles to reveal why I made them.

Matriarch mostly prepared oats for American airline location? (8)
AIRLINE + LOCATION = ?
51 7581, 674321 29138 85421'8 141738 (four)

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I think you did this for a

TEST

Matriarch mostly prepared oats for American airline location? (8)

The answer is Sarasota.
The matriarch is Sarah from which we remove the last letter (mostly) and add oats, anagrammed (prepared)

AIRLINE + LOCATION = ?

Substituting in SARASOTA for the answer in this alphametic, we arrive at the solution
R=0, T=1, N=2, E=3, I=4, A=5, C=6, L=7, S=8, O=9

51 7581, 674321 29138 85421'8 141738 (four)

Substituting the letters for the digits found in the alphametic, this line reads
AT LAST, CLIENT NOTES SAINT'S TITLES (four)
which I think clues the word TEST, with the T and E coming from the last letters of CLIENT NOTE and SAINT'S TITLES cluing ST.

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  • $\begingroup$ Almost there! The final cryptic clue is a standard one (ie. it has a definition in it) $\endgroup$ – samm82 Feb 5 at 19:22

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