A major part of solving cryptic clues is identifying which is the definition, which the wordplay. This can be quite easy in clues like:
FT 13525 (Dante): Colin acted badly in Western (10)
"badly" jumps out as a possible anagrind and the ten letters before it look like anagram fodder for the ten-letter answer. Of the rest, we reason, "in" must be a connector and "Western" the definition.
FT 13570 (Falcon): Vessel from Kenya or Tanzania (5)
The definition has to be "vessel", we decide. The word "from" flags that the definition lies before it and the definition for a 5-letter word is more likely to be "vessel" than "Tanzania".
Not all clues let us detect their structure so readily. Some create a joint so compelling between definition and wordplay, it takes an act of supreme will for the solver to pry them apart. This is popularly called "lift and separate". [Apparently the term was coined/first used by reigning Times Crossword Championship winner Mark Goodliffe – anyone know when/where?]
Here are a few clues that require the "lift and separate" treatment, for you to admire and solve:
FT13571 (Aardvark): Aching to cook and eat Welsh rabbit (7) C_____G
Times 24702: Odin's son has a mark on map to denote treasure chest (6) T_____
FT 13541 (Alberich): Location for Santa Maria's centre reached outward (6) G_O___
FT 13558 (Loroso): One found at back of strip club in India (5) L____
FT 13403 (Loroso): As they say, the crown will be dethroned (6) T____E
FT 13403 (Loroso): A frame for turning over hot bread (6) M_____
Guardian 25169 (Cincinnus): Using empty shed to trap brown bear (9) W________
[Answers in the comments]
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