Hello everyone. This was a tricky one, I thought – and I hope you did too, because I had to use solving aids in places. Moreover, the whole thing took me a time which I could not record because, as I have now discovered, the clock on my preferred solving app stops at 99m59s …
I may make it to the champs in a week’s time for the social, but clearly would never make it to the main event! I hope all those of you lovely folk who will be attending have a great day, whether in competition or in pub – or both!
Thanks to the setter, and onwards to the parsing.
Definitions are underlined in the clues below. In the explanations, quoted indicators are in italics, [deletions] in square brackets, and I’ve capitalised and emboldened letters which appear in the ANSWER. ( Collapse )