6.17 The Capricious Type
by Darren Rigby
The wordplay of the cryptic clues involve graphical manipulation of letters and symbols when written in the same font-style of the clue itself. The completed cryptic crossword grid and a detailed explanation of the wordplay transformations are shown below:
The highlighted cells then spell the final clue DOLLAR SIGN AFTER FIRST REMOVING LONG RAIL, to which the final answer is S via both normal wordplay (OLLARSIGN - LONGRAIL) or graphical manipulation ($ → S).