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What a weightlifter might do with one kilo over after slipping on some snow (5-3)
‘What a weightlifter might do’ is A PRESS + (with) KI (‘one’ with ‘kilo’ over it). The definition is ‘after slipping on some snow’. Nicely convoluted.
The Maori sub-tribe are an isolated settlement up North (2, 5)
A clue that is particular to New Zealand and wouldn’t make much sense anywhere else! ‘The Maori’ is TE (‘the’ in Maori) + HAPU (a sub-tribe) + A for ‘are’: an are
is a unit of measurement (as in hectare).
Observer Everyman 17/6/17
Famous person’s stage tip (6)
‘Stage’ is LEG (ie a stage of a race). ‘Tip’ is END (ie the tip of a knife). ‘Famous person’ is the definition. This is a great example of the compiler’s craft in hiding the solution in a web of double meanings!
The opening of the new Waterview Tunnel has been affected by delays, uncertainty and swirling rumours of problems with the ventilation system, fire sprinklers and even the quality of the reinforced concrete used in its construction.
Two tricky clues this week, both designed to mislead and confuse the solver: