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Puzzle 10/22/22 — Explained
The solution and explanation for this week's puzzle.
Here’s the solution to this week’s fruity mini-puzzle, with the parsing of each clue explained and the completed puzzle below, with the themed solutions highlighted.
Definitions are italicized, “clue-type” indicators are shown in parentheses, and anagram indicators are additionally marked with an *.
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1 Exercise a right for fruit (4)
A charade of PE (exercise) + A (a) + R (right).
3 Grandma pursuing college degree in fruit (6)
A charade of NANA (grandma) after (pursuing) BA (college degree).
8 Struck by French word in southern England (5)
An envelope with MOT (French word) inside (in) S (southern) E (England).
9 Generous British politician buried in beer (5)
An envelope with MP (British politician) inside (buried in) ALE (beer).
10 Fruit concealed in meatloaf, I guess (3)
A hidden word (concealed) in meatloaF I Guess.
11 Shelter in street from freezing rain (5)
An envelope with LEE (shelter) in (in) ST (street).
13 Throw out each joke eager comedian tries to start with (5)
An acrostic (to start with) from Each Joke Eager Comedian Tries.
15 Dissident, greedy university leaders covered in fish eggs (5)
An envelope with GU (Greedy University leaders) inside (covered in) ROE (fish eggs).
18 Cut back on fruit (5)
A double definition ("fruit," "cut back on").
20 Time, that is, to draw (3)
A charade with T (time) + IE (that is).
21 Cheap cocktail fruit (5)
An anagram (cocktail*) of CHEAP.
22 Pharaoh gets it back together, musically (5)
A charade with TUT (Pharaoh) + a reversal (back) of IT. (Tutti is the musical term for “play together,” as in a symphony.)
23 Hairy chest has new smell (6)
An anagram (hairy*) of CHEST containing (has) N (new).
24 See fruit (4)
A double definition ("fruit," "see").
1 There's nothing beyond these picket lines? (11)
A cryptic/double definition of POST (picket) SCRIPTS (lines).
2 Woke up a flower (5)
A charade of A (a) + ROSE (rose).
4 Yikes! A revolutionary proverb (5)
A reversal (revolutionary) of EGAD (yikes) + A (a).
5 Penny left in parrot's fruit (5)
An envelope with P (penny) + L (left) inside (in) APE (parrot).
6 Stupefy with preposterous teen hat size (11)
An anagram (preposterous*) of TEEN HAT SIZE.
7 Large newt deserted (4)
A charade of L (large) + EFT (newt).
12 You and me going north with flightless bird (3)
A reversal (going north) of U (you) + ME (me).
14 Rattle glass (3)
A double definition ("glass," "rattle").
16 Yawn about rare fruit (5)
An envelope with GAPE (yawn) around (about) R (rare).
17 Mix up the one hundred Roman principles (5)
A charade with ETH (mix up* the) + I (one) + C (hundred Roman).
18 Cats maybe level up (4)
A reversal (up) of STEP (level).
19 Artful traitor conceals radical (5)
A hidden word (conceals) in artfUL TRAitor.