Great crossword clue

From today's Times

20 messages
24/07/2009 at 13:18
Quickly declining naval piercing? (8)
24/07/2009 at 14:15
Got any letters?
24/07/2009 at 15:13

Has no one got this yet?

It's driving me mad!!!

24/07/2009 at 15:38
Me too Shimmy. I'm rubbish at these
24/07/2009 at 15:40

We used to get the Torygraph for the crossword, for about 4 years...finished it once.

I always like how they've got to the answer once I see what it is, but have very little idea beforehand.

24/07/2009 at 15:47

OK, here is a start

T_ M _ _ _ N _

Farnie    pirate
24/07/2009 at 16:01
tampion?
24/07/2009 at 16:05
TUMBLING - very clever clue, that.
24/07/2009 at 16:07
I've got 4 words that fit, but none of them seem to have a naval connection.
24/07/2009 at 16:08
very clever, so easy when you see the answer
Farnie    pirate
24/07/2009 at 16:08
oops I got my letters mixed up
24/07/2009 at 16:09

Yey Dingbat  

24/07/2009 at 16:09
is it an across or a down?
Farnie    pirate
24/07/2009 at 16:09

oh

Tum Bling

hahahaa

24/07/2009 at 16:09
No it's bloody not! Wheres the navy in tumbling?
24/07/2009 at 16:10

So a typo in the clue makes it clever then does it?

pah!

*goes back to the Sun's crossword*

Edited: 24/07/2009 at 16:11
24/07/2009 at 16:21

I with Kwilter on this one.  I was on the torpedo and submarine line. 

Tum bling *shakes head and mutters under breath*

24/07/2009 at 16:21

No wonder I couldn't get it - I was thinking water-borne armed force rather than stomach!

Tsk!  Standards of spelling these days.......

24/07/2009 at 16:26
I'm so glad it wasn't just me!
Crash Hamster    pirate
24/07/2009 at 16:59

Here's another one of similar standard:

to do with the Navy (5)

_ A _ E _


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