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A classic example of a very well composed crossword from Exit this week that shows that a highly enjoyable crossword does not have to be complex.
8 Very backward old woman accepts iodine for a metal (6)
OSMIUM – Reverse (backward) a two-letter word meaning very and follow with a three-letter word for an old woman (any young mums should e-mail complaints direct to Exit) that includes (accepts) the chemical symbol for iodine.
9 Unseat tenor he’d recast (8)
DETHRONE – An anagram (recast) of TENOR HED.
11 “Happy-clappy? Could be a sham!” – critic (11)
CHARISMATIC – An anagram (could be) of A SHAM CRITIC.
12 Weed Drake’s bowling green? (3)
HOE – Double definition of a gardening activity and where Drake played bowls.
13 Admiration of bizarre spectacles (7)
RESPECT – The answer is hidden in (of) the final two words of the clue.
14 Best ship – or some of its canvas? (7)
TOPSAIL – Split 3, 4, this might imply the best ship.
16 ‘Cider tin’ not an acceptable clue? (8,7)
INDIRECT ANAGRAM – A reverse anagram clue to a form of anagram that setters should not use. The solution, followed by an anagram indicator would result in the solution CIDER TIN.
20 Educated girl follows mother beginning to learn about wedlock (7)
MARITAL – The name of the girl in the film Educating ???? After (follows) a two-letter word meaning month with the resulting letters followed by the first letter (beginning to) of learn.
22 An exquisite morsel for a savoury snack (7)
RAREBIT -A four-letter word meaning exquisite followed by a three-letter word meaning a morsel.
24 Tamper with phone, withholding number (3)
RIG – A four-letter word meaning phone without (withholding) the abbreviation for any number.
26 The corner Orlando Bloom finally set up for clock (11)
CHRONOMETER – An anagram (set up) of THE CORNER O M (Orlando Bloom finally).
27 Sailor despatched to seek, essentially, for missing person (8)
ABSENTEE – The abbreviation for able seaman (sailor) followed by a four-letter word meaning dispatched and the central letters (essentially) of seek.
28 Puts foot in resin? On the contrary! (6)
PLACES – A three-letter word meaning resin inside a three-letter word meaning foot.
1 Squeeze-box missing? Not applicable for The Four Seasons perhaps (8)
CONCERTI – A ten-letter for a squeeze-box without (missing) the abbreviation for not applicable.
2 Fool acquires managerial qualification to love short envoy (10)
AMBASSADOR – A three-letter word for a fool around (acquires) a three letter abbreviation for Master of Business Administration followed by a five-letter word meaning love without the final letter (short).
3 Setters up tree, lying down (6)
SUPINE – A two-letter meaning setters of crosswords collectively reversed (up) followed by a four-letter word for a tree.
4 Something to do with an egg? Get away! (4,2)
BEAT IT – Double definition for something you might do to an egg before cooking with it and a phrase meaning get away.
5 Pick each wonky vegetable (8)
CHICKPEA – An anagram (wonky) of PICK EACH.
6 Offensive weapon in disco? Shame! (4)
COSH – The answer is hidden in the final two words of the clue.
7 Disturbed, Simon abandons ceremonials in Rye (6)
CEREAL – Remove the rearranged (disturbed) letters in Simon for ceremonials.
10 Quote writer recalled: “it’s sickening” (6)
EMETIC – A four-letter word means quote and a two-letter word meaning the writer all reversed (recalled).
15 Juggling: endless action with Barsac for circus act? (10)
ACROBATICS – An anagram (juggling) of ACTIO (endless action) BARSA (endless Barsac)
17 Secretive about explosive packaging for diamonds (8)
RETICENT – A two-letter word meaning about followed by a three-letter abbreviation for an explosive around (packaging for) a three-letter word for diamonds.
18 Utter “soldier” after arrival (6)
ARRANT – A three-letter abbreviation for a arrival followed by a three-letter word for a soldier insect.
19 One driving round hill in poor visibility (8)
MOTORIST – The letter that is round and a three-letter word for a hill all inside a four-letter word for conditions for poor visibility.
20 Take in test with argon for building material (6)
MORTAR – The abbreviation for take inside a three-letter word for a vehicle test all followed by the chemical symbol for Argon.
21 “He lieth in wait” – first of readings in Gospel, say, by Romeo (6)
LURKER – The first letter of readings inside the name of one of the gospels followed by the letter represented by Romeo.
23 Low humming and strange bleeps – not half! (6)
RUMBLE – A three-letter word meaning strange followed by half of the word bleeps.
25 Doctor swallows arsenic – sharp intake of breath! (4)
GASP – A two-letter abbreviation for doctor includes (swallows) the chemical symbol for Arsenic.