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Solve the 4 cryptic clues below to reveal the final clue. Then, solve that one.

  1. Fit, headless rich folk seek Henry's crown (7)
  2. ... shapely being? (8)
  3. Park authorities hate pirates with furies (6)
  4. Brokers are ladies' dates wearing the first hat (6)

(5)

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  • $\begingroup$ Where's the meta-meta version, wherein you have four sets of these, solve them to create four more which, when solved, yields one more?! $\endgroup$ – GoldenGremlin Jan 6 '17 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ coming soon™ ... $\endgroup$ – Matt Jan 6 '17 at 15:28
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Number 2:

ELLIPSIS (def: ..., shapley = ellips(e), + being = is)

Meta:

HEALTHY ELLIPSIS ANGERS AGENTS (6 5) - credit @Sid for 1, @randal'thor for 3 and 4

Answer:

SPIES (5) - 'Healthy ellipsis' -> 'ellipsis' minus 'ill' -> EPSIS, 'angers' -> anagram, 'agents' -> definition -> SPIES

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  1. Park authorities hate pirates with furies (6)

    ANGERS ("park authorities" = rangers, remove (hate) the R or arrrr from pirates, and "furies" as definition)

  2. Brokers are ladies' dates wearing the first hat (6)

    AGENTS ("brokers" as definition, "ladies' dates" = gents, and somehow "the first hat" gives A instead of H?)

Metacryptic (using Sid's answer for clue 1 and Arth's for clue 2):

Healthy ellipsis angers agents (6) - solution TBD ...

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    $\begingroup$ I had also thought along these lines, maybe something to do with Arrrr? (But the fury could also be rage and we'd need to make the authorities that hate pirates GA to get GARAGE somehow. And shouldn't the answer be RANGERS, plural?) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 6 '17 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ I second M Oehm's thoughts. Since it is authorities, shouldn't it be plural? $\endgroup$ – Sid Jan 6 '17 at 12:37
  • $\begingroup$ Numbers referring to letters' positions in the alphabet seems to be an American thing; Dan Russell uses it often in his cryptics. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 6 '17 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm RANGER and ANGER fits so well that I think it must be right, despite the plural issue. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 6 '17 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ I have a feeling it could be "Guides". I am not quite clear how to get it, though.. $\endgroup$ – Sid Jan 6 '17 at 12:42
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1.Fit, headless rich folk seek Henry's crown (7)

HEALTHY (fit-def. Rich-Wealthy. Without W.(Headless). Henry's Crown= H)

2.... shapely being? (8)

Possibly ELLIPSIS? (Ellips (Shape) +is(Being)) (As mentioned by Arth)

3.Park authorities hate pirates with furies

ANGERS (Park Authorities=Rangers. Without R from Pirates. Def-Furies)

4.Brokers are ladies' dates wearing the first hat

AGENTS (Brokers-Def. Ladies dates-Gents. First Hat=A) (Thanks @Will!)

So, the final metacryptic clue:

HEALTHY ELLIPSIS ANGERS AGENTS. (6)

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  • $\begingroup$ Number 2 is incorrect $\endgroup$ – Matt Jan 6 '17 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt Number 2 is unmutual! (if you don't get the reference, never mind) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 6 '17 at 12:43

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