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Following @Prem's four-word puzzle, I thought I'd have a go. (There have been a few other similar things, e.g. here, here).

There are 6 words each with 6 letters. If written in 6 rows (to make a 6x6 square) the same words read down as well as across. Below are 6 cryptic clues to the 6 words.

The clues have been mixed up to increase the challenge a little

Aristocrat eats honey. Gatherer thwarts unfairly.
Equip to ban eel stew.
Not exactly round at the trail's end.
Guides in haste erstwhile bulls.
Tea tears apart fashions.
Drearier droning undoes lovely lilts, even right at the beginning.

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TRENDS
RUNOUT
ENABLE
NOBBLE
DULLER
STEERS

Aristocrat eats honey. Gatherer thwarts unfairly.

Noble holding 'b' (honey gather). To nobble is to thwart unfairly.

Equip to ban eel stew.

Anagram of 'ban eel': enable

Not exactly round at the trail's end.

To end is to run out. Runout is also when a tool is slightly off centre.

Guides in haste erstwhile bulls.

haste erstwhile. To guide is to steer, and a bull is a steer.

Tea tears apart fashions.

'T' + rends: Trends

Drearier droning undoes lovely lilts, even right at the beginning.

droning undoes lovely lilts, even right:

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  • $\begingroup$ Runout is also when a tool is slightly off centre $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Nov 9 '15 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ Great job! Hope you enjoyed it $\endgroup$ – Dr Xorile Nov 9 '15 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ I added the explanation for runout, thanks for that and for an interesting puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Fillet Nov 9 '15 at 15:53

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