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Here's an attempt at a new twist on cryptic clues. The following clues do NOT have a definition section. However, the wordplay is keyed in three different ways. Can you work out the words?

  1. User error sure destroyed note about American (4)
  2. Spouse embraces, and Amanda tempts some guy with fruit (7)
  3. Spins yarn about time drain outside street marker (5)
  4. Lost mail after last month and claimed weird medical condition (7)
  5. Weak ruler with knight in wild object without color (8)
  6. Hurt pride about a return to help each, compensated back (6)
  7. Dad's about right, an hour in a wind-breaker means almost there after a long way (7)
  8. I drove out with no right to provide only fragments for a word book before 4 left. (5)
  9. Near miss takes a thousand or nothing from fruit for anger management (5)
  10. Toffee and tea cut away from bottom of shield? (6)
  11. Teach bad route around idle chatter, rodent boy (7)
  12. Short King spills bile and I bleed out as the Spanish remain back (7)
  13. Dangerous regions, in parts of, malign or eschew singing our sets regularly (7)
  14. I sat back with nothing, stuck in a riot, as even I won't pass (5)
  15. Wrote about the extreme terror having to be in debt, and threw other parts back (5)
  16. The test won't end in a month, time in ruin, I bend towards start in fuzzy arm chair (9)
  17. Time and distance aboard shifty river is found in exotic tangles; your first small endeavor takes spirit (9)
  18. Mess core up to procure fashion, with no Romeo to catch again, you hear? (6)
  19. First one did a part, and doesn't resort to this ending well-defined (6)
  20. The same mixed gin means don't start grieving, take five and veg out around the back-nine (8)

EDIT: Enumerations added

Gareth McCaughan has gotten them all with help from Rubio!

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User error sure destroyed note about American

RUSE [USER*; SURE*; RE around US]

Spouse embraces, and Amanda tempts some guy with fruit

MANDATE [M(AND)ATE; aMANDATEmpts; MAN+DATE]

Spins yarn about time drain outside street marker

STINK [KNITS<; T, SINK outside; ST+INK]

Lost mail after last month and claimed weird medical condition

DECLAIM [DEC+MAIL*; CLAIMED*; MEDICAL*]

Weak ruler with knight in wild object without color

THINKING [THIN KING; (KNIGHT IN)*; TH(INK)ING]

Hurt pride about a return to help each, compensated back

DIAPER [PRIDE* around A; AID<+PER; REPAID<; thanks to Rubio for pointing out that what I had here before was wrong; I haven't checked whether this matches his but I bet it does]

Dad's about right, an hour in a wind-breaker means almost there after a long way

FARTHER [FA(R)THER; FART(H)ER; FAR+THER(e)]

I drove out with no right to provide only fragments for a word book before 4 left.

VIDEO [ID(r)OVE*; proVIDEOnly; (OED+IV)<]

Near miss takes a thousand or nothing from fruit for anger management

RANGE [G in NEAR*; (o)RANGE; ANGER*]

Toffee and tea cut away from bottom of shield?

OFFEND [(TOFFEEAND-TEA)*; OFF END; OF+FEND]

Teach bad route around idle chatter, rodent boy

RATCHET [RT around TEACH*; CHATTER*; RAT+CHET]

Short King spills bile and I bleed out as the Spanish remain back

EDIBLE [ED+BILE*; IBLEED*; (EL BIDE)<]

Dangerous regions, in parts of, malign or eschew singing our sets regularly

IGNORES [REGIONS*; malIGNORESchew; sInGiNgOuRsEtS]

I sat back with nothing, stuck in a riot, as even I won't pass

IOTAS [I + SAT< with O in; rIOTAS; IwOnTpAsS]

Wrote about the extreme terror having to be in debt, and threw other parts back

TOWER [WROTE*; TR containing OWE; thREWOTher]

The test won't end in a month, time in ruin, I bend towards start in fuzzy arm chair

MATRIARCH [TRIA(l) in MARCH; (T in MAR) + I ARCH; T(owards) in ARMCHAIR*]

Time and distance aboard shifty river is found in exotic tangles; your first small endeavor takes spirit

STRANGELY [T+RANGE in SLY; R in TANGLES*; S+TRY containing ANGEL]

Mess core up to procure fashion, with no Romeo to catch again, you hear?

RECOUP [COREUP*; (PROCURE-R)*; sounds like RE-COOP]

First one did a part, and doesn't resort to this ending well-defined

STONED [firSTONEDid; DOESNT*; (thi)S+TONED]

The same mixed gin means don't start grieving, take five and veg out around the back-nine

EVENING [EVEN+GIN*; (k)EENING containing V; VEG* around NINE<]

(Enumerations would have been nice...) [EDITED to add:] Aha, OP has provided them now. I regret that I am too lazy to edit them into the above.

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  • $\begingroup$ Your 6 is wrong, feel free to crib mine. I concede, you're much faster than I am :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 14 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ 'Tis wrong indeed. I'm afraid my vanity made me do it myself :-). (Not that I have any way of proving I haven't been cribbing your answers, of course.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 14 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ Nice work so far! I swear the enumerations were part of the text that I copied in, but it seems to have lost them. I'll have them edited back in by tomorrow, $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Mar 15 at 0:22
  • $\begingroup$ Your edit for number 8 is correct! #3 is all that's left. You have the first 2 letters correct there. $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Mar 19 at 18:26
  • $\begingroup$ Aha, got it. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Mar 19 at 20:04
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partial

1 — User error sure destroyed note about American

RUSE = (USER)* / (SURE)* / R(US)E

2 — Spouse embraces, and Amanda tempts some guy with fruit

MANDATE = M(AND)ATE / aMANDATEmpts / MAN + DATE

3 — Spins yarn about time drain outside street marker

4 — Lost mail after last month and claimed weird medical condition

5 — Weak ruler with knight in wild object without color

6 — Hurt pride about a return to help each, compensated back

DIAPER = (PRIDE)* around A / AID< + PER / (REPAID)<

7 — Dad's about right, an hour in a wind-breaker means almost there after a long way

FARTHER = FA(R)THER / FART(H)ER / FAR + THER[-e]

8 — I drove out with no right to provide only fragments for a word book before 4 left.

9 — Near miss takes a thousand or nothing from fruit for anger management

RANGE = RAN(G)E / [-o]RANGE / (ANGER)*

10 — Toffee and tea cut away from bottom of shield?

11 — Teach bad route around idle chatter, rodent boy

RATCHET = (TEACH)* around RT ?? / (CHATTER)* / RAT + CHET

12 — Short King spills bile and I bleed out as the Spanish remain back

13 — Dangerous regions, in parts of, malign or eschew singing our sets regularly

14 — I sat back with nothing, stuck in a riot, as even I won't pass

15 — Wrote about the extreme terror having to be in debt, and threw other parts back

16 — The test won't end in a month, time in ruin, I bend towards start in fuzzy arm chair

17 — Time and distance aboard shifty river is found in exotic tangles; your first small endeavor takes spirit

18 — Mess core up to procure fashion, with no Romeo to catch again, you hear?

RECOUP = (CORE UP)* / (PROCU[-r]E)* / RECOOP, (aud.)

19 — First one did a part, and doesn't resort to this ending well-defined

STONED = firST ONE Did (a part) / (DOESNT)* / _S + TONED

20 — The same mixed gin means don't start grieving, take five and veg out around the back-nine

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  • $\begingroup$ 8 is very stupid $\endgroup$ – amI Mar 14 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ c-could 3 b-b-be? $\endgroup$ – amI Mar 14 at 23:02
  • $\begingroup$ All correct! As I told Gareth the enumerations should have been included and I'll put them in tomorrow morning. $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Mar 15 at 0:23

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