A Puzzle by Exit
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Other than an admitted blip in 19d, a nice outing from Exit with a ghost theme of detectives.
5a Cryptogram or secret code herein? (5)
MORSE: The answer is hidden (herein) in the first three words of the clue.
6a First of criminals detected – went to pieces (8)
CRUMBLED: The first letter of criminals followed by a seven-letter word meaning detected.
8a Farewell to priest (no saint) without a kneeler (4-4)
PRIE-DIEU: Start with a five-letter word meaning farewell and followed with the priest from the clue without the abbreviation for saint. Finally remove (without) the A from the clue.
9a Senior academics admit: “nothing in documents needing correction” (6)
PROOFS: The abbreviation for professor (senior academics) with the letter representing nothing inserted (admit).
10a Primarily Nationalist or Republican? Neither! (3)
NOR: The initial letters (primarily) of the second to fourth words of the clue.
11a Puncture inflatable, maybe it’s lighter (8)
FLATBOAT: A four-letter word for a puncture followed by a four-letter word for a maritime vehicle that may be inflatable.
12a Fail to see one rig is damaged (6)
IGNORE: An anagram (damaged) of ONE RIG.
13a The best preparation for photography, it’s said, in Philadelphia? (5,6)
CREAM CHEESE: A five-letter word for the best followed by the word said by people before a photograph is taken.
18a Paper asked to nominate beauty queen? (6)
MIRROR: Double definition, the second by reference to the story of Snow White – this was asked “Who is the fairest of them all?”
20a Pawnbroker keeping cool sort of bike (8)
UNICYCLE: A five-letter slang word for a pawnbroker includes (keeping) a three-letter word meaning cool.
22a Some pond-life naturally found in marsh? On the contrary! (3)
FEN: The answer is hidden (found) in the second and third words of the clue.
23a Monk acquires theology degree for Letter to the Thessalonians (6)
LAMBDA: A four-letter word for a monk includes the abbreviation for a theology degree.
24a Cleaners collect award in lawyer’s office (8)
CHAMBERS: A five-letter word for cleaners includes (collect) a three-letter word for an award conferred in honours lists.
25a Get incantation wrong and suffer from fat fingers? (8)
MISSPELL: Double definition where fat-finger may create typos.
26a Little brief underwear (5)
SMALL: A six-letter word for underwear with the final letter removed (brief).
1d Policeman’s device on aircraft carrier? (8)
ARRESTER: Double definition for a policemen and the device on an aircraft carried that stops aircraft as they land.
2d Doctor: “I come confused about day” (6)
MEDICO: An anagram (confused) of I COME around the definition for day.
3d Snub Katie, say. That’s cheap! (3-5)
CUT-PRICE: A three-letter word meaning snub followed by the surname of someone called Katie.
4d Irish festival was established originally by river crossing (7)
WEXFORD: The initial letters (originally) of “was established) followed by the letter to represent times or by and a four-letter word for a river crossing.
5d Ample resources initially arranged for town in Greater Manchester (6)
MARPLE: An anagram (arranged) of AMPLE R (resources initially).
6d Reckon unknown adviser’s spoken for local government (6,7)
COUNTY COUNCIL: A five-letter word meaning reckon followed by a letter representing an unknown quantity and a homophone (spoken) of counsel (adviser).
7d In-cab indicator to show green finally, or another colour (5)
BROWN: The last letters (finally) of the first five words of the clue.
14d Broadcasts covering progress and travel costs (3,5)
AIR FARES: A four-letter word meaning broadcasts includes (covering) a four-letter word meaning progress.
15d Regularly read story by Lincoln: A New Source of Protein? (4,4)
SOYA BEAN: The odd letters (regularly) of read story followed by a three-letter name for President Lincoln, the A from the clue and the abbreviation for new.
16d Partita nicely entertaining huge … (7)
TITANIC: The answer is hidden (entertaining) in the first two words of the clue.
17d … place on river – more than one (6)
PLURAL: The abbreviation for place followed by a four-letter name of a river.
19d Second person, 17, objectively supporting 50% rebate for pictures, in a word (5)
REBUS: The pronoun to indicate the first-person plural objectively under (supporting) 50% of the word rebate.
21d Return of essential Latin established? That is so! (3,3)
ITA EST: Reverse (return) the inner letters (essential) of Latin followed by the abbreviation for established.