A couple of interesting clues this week in the Tossman crossword: see if you can work them out before showing the answers.
Pitchers put sheep at risk oddly (5)
‘Pitchers’ is the definition. ‘Sheep’ is EWE and the odd letters (letters 1 and 3) of ‘Risk” are RS. Nice!
A teller of fabulous tales with a topsy-turvy attitude (5)
‘Attitude’ is POSE, ‘topsy-turvy’ indicates POSE is entered upside-down after A.
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!