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Note that this week’s puzzle is in keeping with the theme of the entire issue (“Occupy”). Here is our weekly batch of hints on the new puzzle.
Look for hidden words in 1A and 29A, and anagrams in 9A, 11A, 3D, and 13D. The part of speech in 13D may come as a surprise.
15A: This is an unorthodox phonetic clue.
26A: This is a charade, with “heralding” connecting the two parts.
28A: This phrase may not be familiar.
5D: The definition may be unexpected.
19D: The definition is “E.g. Lisa.”
27A: The ? is forced by the syntax of the clue; it’s not there to indicate a pun. 24A, on the other hand…
26D & 8D: The answer is a single word, that breaks charade-style into two. The definition of the whole answer is “affront.”