Girl that’s back in Oriental island (5) = ELSIE
back = reversal, Oriental = E(ast), island = ISLE
East end building extension (4) = APSE
Cryptic definition. At first I was trying to think of dropping aitches but Chambers has:
Semicircular recess esp. at the east end of a church choir.
Leave bags? (7) = LUGGAGE
China swan: ultimately tacky (7) = POTTERY
swan = POTTER, ultimately tacky = Y
I haven’t got this stuck with a Wednesday for ages:
Training area for road users? (5,8) = LEVEL CROSSING
Cryptic definition. Training? Big groan when I got that.
Offending Labour Party? (5,4) = CHAIN GANG
Another cryptic definition, no groan, appreciation this time.
Pub landlord in council administration? (5,9) = LOCAL AUTHORITY
New word but I’m sure I’ve had before but can’t find on the blog:
Slowness to act to screen a covered walkway (4) = STOA
Wind breaker covering end of shore (5) = WEAVE
breaker = WAVE, end shore = E
Phew got there in the end.
African country takeaway? (4) = TOGO
Double definition if split 2,2.
Light brown wagon not previously seen bridging Scottish river (5) = TAWNY
not = deletion, previously = AGO, bridging = containment, Scottish river = TAY
A piano in small room is used by a star (7) = CAPELLA
A = A, piano = P, small room = CELL, a = A
Essence of sung message to encourage escape of Prince in vessel (9) = SPEEDBOAT
Cryptic definition. Got this from the checking letters, explanation from Big Dave’s hint:
essence = deletion, sung message to encourage escape of Prince (Bonnie Prince Charlie) = The Skye Boat Song, first line of chorus = Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing.
STOA = covered walkway
CAPELLA = star; in northern constellation Auriga; Latin she-goat