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Cryptic clues of the week: 16/5/17

A few choice clues from the last week or so. For each clue, we provide a brief explanation of how the answer is derived.

See if you can work out the answer before clicking on Show.

Tossman 1027

A doctor and English graduate is a spineless little creep (6)

AMOEBA
‘Spineless little creep’ – a nice play on words! ‘Doctor’ is here a signifier for MO (Medical Officer) not DR.

Where inclination to building is apparent in fortified village (4)

PISA
IS in PA – a clue which is specific to New Zealand!

Observer Everyman 13/5/17

Fly westward for example and fade (5)

MIDGE
Neatly done – ‘westward’ signifies the following text (EG + DIM) is to be reversed.

Servant taking the box back full of drink (5)

VALET
‘The box’ is TV, reverse it and insert the letters ALE.

Odds rise rapidly in projection (8)

SPROCKET
The use of ‘Odds’ for SP was new to me – Wikipedia says ‘In horse racing, the starting price (SP) is the odds prevailing on a particular horse in the on-course fixed-odds betting market at the time a race begins.’

Kropotkin 989

California pilots bombed state houses (8)

CAPITOLS
I liked the use of ‘bombed’ to show the letters CA + PILOTS are to be shuffled (ie an anagram)

One flew six pieces of art in Austria (9) (8)

AVIATRIX
‘Six’ is VI, insert with letters of ART in ‘Austria (9)’. Tricky at first if you don’t notice the two sets of numbers!