The Clue is in the Clue by Whynot
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Welcome back to Whynot. A highly enjoyable crossword. The clues in green are self-referential being types of cluing devices that setter use. Only a few loose ends to comment on. The commentometer reads at 2.5 / 30 or 8.3%.
1 Means of shifting H and Charlie we cooked up (10)
WHEELCHAIR – An anagram (cooked up) of H CHARLIE WE.
7 Teas to sample this way (4)
EAST – The answer is hidden (sample) in TEAS TO.
9 Crowd in self-help group maintaining an element of enthusiasm for simple life (6)
AMOEBA – A three letter word for a crowd inside the abbreviation for Alcoholics Anonymous includes the first letter (element of) enthusiasm.
10 Diminishment of resources … penny dropped? (8)
DELETION – Remove (dropped) the abbreviation for penny from a word meaning a diminishment of resources.
11 Could this help you out, if you get the drift? (8)
SNOWSHOE – Cryptic definition of a type of footwear needed in cold weather. With cryptic definitions, you have to be careful that there is only one solution. Here, an equally valid solution would end “boot”. Whilst checking letters will assist, you should aim to ensure that each clue can be solved without the need for cross-checking letters.
13 Element not found much in poisonous extract (6)
CURARE – The chemical symbol for copper (element) followed by a four letter word meaning not found much.
14 Feeling evoked by Eroica’s first movement (7)
EMOTION – The first letter of Eroica followed by a six letter word meaning movement.
15 Former Prime Minister talking casually in car as one passed (7)
CADAVER – The name of Mr Cameron in its informal form inside the CAR from the clue.
17 Daily promo beginning to enervate (7)
CHARADE – A four letter word for a cleaner followed by the abbreviation for advert and the first letter (beginning to) enervate.
19 Like Boris Johnson at school: messy, might you say? (7)
ETONIAN – The name given to pupils at BJ’s public school that also gives its name to a type of pudding finishing with Mess.
22 Take security measure that could be hair-raising? (4,2)
LOCK UP – Definition and cryptic definition of another way of saying your hair is on end.
24 Beam back heart of young hare for consumption (8)
REVERSAL – Reverse a five letter word for an intense beam of light and include the central thee letters of leveret (heart of young hare).
25 By itself encompassing the opposite of nothing (3-2-3)
ALL-IN-ONE – A five letter word meaning by itself includes encompassing) a reversal (the opposite) of a three letter word for nothing.
26 Write three notes and call it a day (6)
RETIRE – Three musical notes added together.
28 Self-satisfied face on lass at last (4)
SMUG – The final letter (at last) of lass followed by a three letter word for a face.
29 Travels by boat, we hear, and lodges where merchandise is displayed (10)
SALESROOMS – A homophone (we hear) of sails (travels by boats) followed by a five letter word for lodges.
2 Nearly in and on my back. Doesn’t that sound like ‘something else’?! (7)
HOMONYM – A four letter word meaning in with the final letter removed (nearly) followed by the ON from the clue and a reversal (back) of the MY from the clue.
3 Examine setter orally (3)
EYE – A homophone (orally) of I (setter).
4 Number on bus? (9)
COACHLOAD – Cryptic definition of the number of people on a bus.
5 Went off, as duck did first off (6)
ADDLED – A seven letter word describing how a duck moved with the final letter removed.
6 Imam, say, switches sides then loses head and remains (5)
RELIC – A seven letter word for a person such as an Imam with the L and R swapping places (switches side) and the first letter removed. The definition would suggest a plural ending in the solution but it is in singular.
7 Get in, thanks to not entirely passive actor, perhaps (11)
ENTERTAINER – A five letter word meaning get in followed by a two letter word meaning thanks and a six letter word meaning passive with the final letter removed (not entirely).
8 Scene of half-formed desire for whip (7)
SCOURGE – A two letter abbreviation for scene followed by half of the word of and a four letter word meaning desire.
12 Roger with Floyd and myself intruding on man for sport (5-6)
WATER-SKIING – The surname of the musician Roger in Pink Floyd followed by a singular letter meaning myself inside the name of a chess piece (man). Perhaps a little too much general knowledge of band members and the grammatically incorrect myself for I.
16 Program of protection against force encircling Russian domain (9)
ANTIVIRUS – A four letter word meaning against and the internet domain name for Russia around a three letter Latin word for force. I think that an indiction that the word for force was the Latin word.
18 Petty criminal‘s cover put up with to some extent (7)
HOODLUM – A four letter word for a type of head covering that can be put up followed by a four letter word meaning to put up with with the final letter removed (to some extent).
20 A sort of ‘granma’ (7)
ANAGRAM – The A from the clue followed by an anagram (sort ot) of GRANMA.
21 Tribulation of soldiers somewhere on the Kent coast (6)
ORDEAL – The abbreviation for other ranks (soldiers) followed by the name of a Kent costal town.
23 Seasonal festival for writing (5)
PROMS – A three letter word meaning for followed by the abbreviation for manuscript (writing).
27 Starts to tinkle on organ excessively (3)
TOO – The initial letters (starts to) of the third to fifth words of clue.