A Puzzle by Exit
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Another enjoyable crossword from Exit. The setter says that there there is a ghost theme. It is well hidden, whatever it is!
8 Speak about fitness training work (7)
OPERATE – A five-letter word meaning to speak around a two-letter abbreviation for fitness training.
10 County where 17 might get frisky? (7)
RUTLAND – Cryptic definition based on the description of stags in the mating season.
11 13 author – that’s Oscar, essentially bitter (5)
SCOTT – The two-letter abbreviation for scilicet (Latin for namely or that is) followed by the letter represented in the phonetic alphabet by Oscar and the central letters (essentially) of bitter.
12 Curse pronounced on cad somewhere in Holland (9)
ROTTERDAM – A three-letter homophone (pronounced) of damn (curse) after (on) a six-letter word for a cad.
13 Novel Russian garden? (7)
IVANHOE – A four-letter Russian male name followed by a three-letter word meaning to garden.
14 Pain reliever needed when Greek character starts to run in November (7)
ASPIRIN – A two-letter word meaning when followed by a two-letter member of the Greek alphabet and the initial letters (starts to) of the last three words of the clue.
15 Old Roman taking refuge in Muscat, Oman (4)
CATO – The answer is hidden (taking refuge in) in the final two words of the clue.
16 Horses crop grass in field, it’s reported. (5)
GREYS – A homophone (its reported) of graze (crop grass in field).
18 An expression of regret in the style of Brahms, ultimately (4)
ALAS – A French phrase 1,2 meaning in the style of followed by the last letter (ultimately) of Brahms.
22 Island home (in Channel Islands) for Italian manager (7)
MANCINI – A three-letter island in the North Sea followed by a two-letter word meaning home inside the abbreviation for Channel Islands.
24 “In shed” – incomplete alibi for swimmer? (7)
HALIBUT – In a three-letter word fr a shed add all but the last letter (incomplete) of alibi.
26 Spooner’s paper concealed being troubled by witches (3-6)
HAG-RIDDEN – A Spoonerism of rag (paper) hidden (concealed).
27 Celebrated Dancer’s endless steps (5)
STAIR – The partner of danced with Ginger Rogers without the first and last letters (endless).
28 Tiredness some scoff at, I guess (7)
FATIGUE – The answer is hidden (some) in the final four words of the clue.
29 Missiles tracking unknown plants (7)
YARROWS – A letter representing an unknown quantity followed by the type of missiles fired from a bow.
1 Upwardly mobile snob with virtual assistant producing dwarf trees (6)
BONSAI – A reversal (upwardly mobile) the snob from the clue followed by the abbreviation for artificial intelligence (virtual assistant).
2 Echoing notes ran wild (8)
RESONANT – An anagram (wild) of NOTES RAN.
3 Captain shortly takes tea in test for robots (7)
CAPTCHA – A four-letter abbreviation for captain followed by three-letter word for tea.
4 Sea swamps rising American telecom company in part of France (8)
BRITTANY – A five-letter word for the sea around (swamps) a reversal (rising) of the three-letter name of an American telecommunications company.
5 Try to offer inducements at first (7)
ATTEMPT – A five-letter word meaning to offer inducements after (first) the AT from the clue.
6 Look at a goose? He might! (6)
GANDER – Double definition, the second being the name for a male goose.
7 Unusual fellows empty trays for leftovers? (8)
ODDMENTS – A three-letter word meaning unusual followed by a three-letter word for fellows and the outer letters (empty) of trays.
9 Look around Rhode Island’s rocky fortress (5)
EYRIE – A three-letter word meaning look around the abbreviation for Rhode Island.
15 Scotsman returns with rod for engine component (8)
CAMSHAFT – A three-letter word for a Scotsman is reverse (returns) and is followed by a five-letter word for a rod.
17 Animal sounds – like rain before grass springing up (8)
REINDEER – A four-letter homophone of rain followed by a reversal (springing up) of a four-letter word for grass.
19 The French support fashion house (not independent) in Eastern Canada (8)
LABRADOR – The French feminine singular for the followed by a three-letter word for an item of ladies underwear and the four-letter word for a fashion house without the I (not Independent).
20 Six family gardens cleared for TV series (7)
VIKINGS – The Roman numerals for six followed by a three-letter word for family and the outer letters (cleared) of gardens.
21 Stopper almost lost in treatment (7)
CLOSURE – All but the last letter (almost) of lost inside a four-letter word for treatment.
23 When expected information comes back, deny! (6)
NEGATE – The abbreviation for estimate time of arrival (when expected) and a three-letter word for information all reversed (comes back).
24 Olympic cyclist touring Tyneside – say, that’s sweet! (5)
HONEY – The three-letter surname of an Olympic cyclist around (tours) the abbreviation for Northeast (Tyneside).
25 Drive through American street (6)
THRUST – A four-letter American spelling of through followed by the abbreviation for street.