Oh dear.

It seems I've got myself in a spot of extremely circumstantial and convoluted bother again.

I was building this quick puzzle for a Fun Friday session, but I seem to have got the ends stuck to each other. I can't even remember where the start was.

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If anybody can help me solve this, it'd be much appreciated!

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    $\begingroup$ Cute puzzle - it was fun to break into, and it had a nice self-confirming mechanism! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 13 '18 at 11:38
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    $\begingroup$ It may help to specify that it's the director of the original film (I wasn't aware of it and the top search result was the more recent film by that title which turns out to be a remake) $\endgroup$ – DaveMongoose Apr 13 '18 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ your dashes are hard to tell apart... so close together! $\endgroup$ – NH. Apr 13 '18 at 22:05

I believe the clues and blanks are filled out like this:

Slapstick duo, Laurel and who?: HARDY
The Hardy boyz theme name. : LOADED
Loaded ones of these will never lose. : DICE
Driving too fast is to dice with who? : DEATH
Film director of "Death Wish". WINNER
Wreath given to ancient winners: LAUREL

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    $\begingroup$ damn! I was writting this, couldn't figure out "dice" though $\endgroup$ – Flying_whale Apr 13 '18 at 11:39
  • $\begingroup$ Absolutely perfect, and the links you've given are really great for the slightly less common-knowledge parts. $\endgroup$ – user41531 Apr 13 '18 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ Being non-native speaker, the too fast - dice connection did not make sense to me. Googling around found an article such as this to explain the wording: thewest.com.au/opinion/editorials/… $\endgroup$ – Mikko Rantalainen Apr 13 '18 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ @MikkoRantalainen That's something I hadn't considered. I'll definitely put some thought into appropriate use of english idioms in future. $\endgroup$ – user41531 Apr 13 '18 at 12:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Bilkokuya I think the idiom to dice with death is common enough that I wouldn't worry about it. A quick ngram search shows it has been around since the 1800s $\endgroup$ – Matt Taylor Apr 13 '18 at 13:47

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