AFR Cryptic, Saturday 24/8/2019, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (17/8/2019) Worked Solution

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The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram indicator will be present.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A word or series of words that signify the loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

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AFR Cryptic (17/8/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CATECHIST
Religious teacher, consumed by church, is in court (9) (ATE + CH + IS) inside CT
6 SPERM
Salesmen retrieved first lot of manure and fertiliser (5) REPS reversed + (M)anure
9 GREASE THE WHEELS
Reconditioned gear, set to cut shoe parts and make things go smoothly (6,3,6) Anagram of GEAR + SET + HEW + HEELS
10 ANALYSED
An extraordinary series of delays should be investigated (8) AN + anagram of DELAYS
11 MORALE
Reduction of additional beer and spirit (6) (MOR)e + ALE
13 BYES
Extras definitely backing opening of blockbuster (4) YES after (B)lockbuster
15 IMPRINTED
Modified permit, in demand, ultimately should be stamped (9) Anagram of PERMIT IN + deman(D)
17 PAPER-THIN
Sticker plugged by a WA city is flimsy (5-4) PIN outside (A + PERTH)
19 GASH
Cut heating fuel needed by hotel (4) GAS + H
22 TAPING
Recording label entered by secret access code (6) PIN inside TAG
23 GLISSADE
Twisted leg is extended by wretched dance step (8) SAD inside anagram of LEG IS
26 COLLECTION PLATE
Business unit recalled tip on changing former source of church income (10,5) CO + (CELL reversed) + anagram of TIP ON + LATE
27 SPRAY
Alchemist’s lead covered in active particles of liquid (5) (A)lchemist inside SPRY
28 MODERATED
Demo, poorly valued, is toned down (9) Anagram of DEMO + RATED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COGNAC
Menial worker retired to preserve spirit (6) COG + (CAN reversed)
2 THERAPY
Remedial treatment people in general based around modern music (7) THEY outside RAP
3 CUSHY
Soft copper lacking self-confidence (5) CU + SHY
4 IN THE RIGHT
Time needed by her during one night is justified (2,3,5) (T + HER) inside (I + NIGHT)
5 TIES
One wearing outfit in retreat, bows, say (4) I inside (SET reversed)
6 SCHOOLING
Small hospital involved in taking the heat off education (9) S + (H inside COOLING)
7 ELEGANT
A gentleman, not needing staff in resort, is smart (7) Anagram of A GENTLEMAN minus MAN
8 MISLEADS
Girl, occupied with heavy metal, puts on the wrong track (8) MISS outside LEAD
12 SPINAL CORD
Caught in revolution, a lord is a bundle of nerves (6,4) C inside (SPIN + A + LORD)
14 STRANGELY
Selection left written in pen in a peculiar way (9) (RANGE + L) inside STY
16 UP STICKS
International carrier ticks make off (2,6) UPS + TICKS
18 POPULAR
Middle part of trunk in tree is in demand (7) tr(U)nk inside POPLAR
20 SEALANT
It’s used to secure computers linked in an established centre (7) LAN inside SEAT
21 LEGEND
Famous person’s stage design (6) LEG + END
24 SUPER
Crooked purser, terminated early, kept money for later (5) Anagram of (PURSE)r
25 ITEM
Particular types of white marble (4) whITE Marble

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 17/8/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (10/8/2019) Worked Solution

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The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
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AFR Cryptic (10/8/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FILIBUSTER
Obstruct by delaying one bankrupt in presence of office worker (10) (I + BUST) inside FILER
6 SLIP
A potter might use this to cover up a mistake (4) Double Definition
9 LIGHT
Match, say, is entertaining (5) Double Definition
10 MOTHER WIT
How timer reset time is common sense (6,3) Anagram of HOW TIMER + T
12 THIGHBONE
Section of frame is tall and black in colour (9) (HIGH + B) inside TONE
13 BRUTE
Person who’s violent but taking right drug (5) (BUT outside R) + E
14 GARB
Shoot one’s mouth off about distinctive clothes (4) BRAG reversed
15 ATHLETIC
Tin mostly used in rebuilding of chalet is robust (8) (TI)n inside anagram of CHALET
18 POOH-POOH
Make little of two rings turning around? (4-4) (HOOP + HOOP) reversed
20 LIFE
Field greatly changing human affairs (4) Anagram of (FIEL)d
24 CHEAP
Base is not removed from damaged cenotaph (5) Anagram of CENOTAPH minus NOT
25 PENTHOUSE
High quality flat finish to slap on the prepared application (9) sla(P) + anagram of ON THE + USE
26 RESURFACE
Last lot of large waves in competition come up again (9) [larg(E) + SURF] inside RACE
27 ERASE
Get rid of material penned by Stickler, a setter (5) sticklER A SEtter
28 MIEN
Look, one maintained by people generally (4) I inside MEN
29 INVESTMENT
Venture capital, say, established millions in coin (10) (EST + M) inside INVENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FOLATE
Three-quarters of people digested some vitamin B (6) (FOL)k + ATE
2 LAGGING
Heat-insulating material is falling off (7) Double Definition
3 BUTCHER’S PAPER
Strong man prepares rough wrapping material (8,5) BUTCH + anagram of PREPARES
4 SUMMON
Call child occupied by distracted mum (6) SON outside anagram of MUM
5 ENTREATY
Request to take food inside lobby (8) EAT inside ENTRY
7 LAWSUIT
Court action was rescheduled by head of university in literature (7) [Anagram of WAS + (U)niversity] inside LIT
8 PATIENCE
Card game at one held in British capital (8) (AT + I) inside PENCE
11 EMBELLISHMENT
Minute ring is accepted by the men, strangely, as decoration (13) (M + BELL + IS) inside anagram of THE MEN
16 SPECTRUM
Range and assortment of crumpets (8) Anagram of CRUMPETS
17 COMPLAIN
Find fault with company chief securing place (8) (CO + MAIN) outside PL
19 OVERSEE
Guide is treated ever so sweetly at the centre (7) Anagram of EVER SO + swe(E)tly
21 EMULATE
Australian icon departed with rival successfully (7) EMU + LATE
22 ANNEXE
An old friend accommodated in new unfinished extension? (6) AN + [EX inside (NE)w]
23 DEFEAT
Expert embracing each loss (6) DEFT outside EA

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The Stickler Weekly Status

The Stickler Weekly will take an indefinite break while I sort out some ongoing shoulder, back and neck issues that restrict my time working in front of a computer. These issues have been plaguing me on and off since my IT days in the 1990s, but have recently come to a head with episodes that come on me suddenly and stop me in my tracks. Various physios have tried their best to correct my bad posture that seems to be responsible for nerve damage, but nothing seems to have a lasting effect. I’ve been struggling on, but recent events have been a real cause for concern. Time to get serious.
In addition to medical remedies, I’m planning to set up a standing desk as a trial, the success of which may determine whether I ever write another crossword.

Thanks for your support in the past.

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 270 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ROUGH IT
Live basically with dysfunctional group ignoring pressure to strike (5,2) Anagram of GROUP minus P + HIT
5 MUST-SEE
Think about set repaired for essential viewing (4-3) MUSE outside anagram of SET
9 LYCRA
Dressmaker’s finishing obvious in restitching of lacy material (5) dressmake(R) inisde anagram of LACY
10 ESPIONAGE
Secret service, especially one on time (9) ESP + I + ON + AGE
11 CONVEYED
Moved kid looked at end of verse (8) CON + (EYED after V)
12 UPBEAT
Uranium and boron found in organic material is encouraging (6) U + (B inside PEAT)
14 TRIP
Hallucination is nonsense largely (4) (TRIP)e
15 DOORKNOB
Handle party or bash the wrong way (8) DO + OR + (BONK reversed)
18 MISCOUNT
Wrong calculation is checked initially entering horse (8) [IS + (C)hecked] inside MOUNT
19 GENE
Protein molecule is part of oestrogen essentially (4) oestroGEN Essentially
22 AUNTIE
A free person, relatively speaking (6) A + UNTIE
23 PARLANCE
Standard number of shots fired with weapon in a manner of speaking (8) PAR + LANCE
25 HELPED OUT
Mixed up “the dole” with “supplied assistance” (6,3) Anagram of UP THE DOLE
26 GREET
Shake hands and agree, losing a little time (5) AGREE minus A + T
27 SHYSTER
Unscrupulous practitioner is ignored by sister after fling (7) (SISTER minus IS) after SHY
28 DONATED
Gifted university fellow finished a course and died (7) DON + ATE + D
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RELOCATE
Transfer associate holding company up (8) RELATE outside (CO reversed)
2 UNCONDITIONALLY
Sort of induction concerning friend without qualifications (15) Anagram of INDUCTION + ON + ALLY
3 HEATER
Hard consumer could be warmer (6) H + EATER
4 TREMENDOUS
Harassed mentor sued great (10) Anagram of MENTOR SUED
5 MOPE
Move around slowly and aimlessly in vehicle mostly (4) (MOPE)d
6 SLOWPOKE
Plodder talked about mountain-climbing gear? (8) SPOKE outside LOW
7 STATE GOVERNMENT
Strong team event transformed regional authority (5,10) Anagram of STRONG TEAM EVENT
8 EVENTS
A war lost by veteran was changing engagements (6) Anagram of VETERAN WAS minus A WAR
13 CONTRACTED
Called about worker ultimately bound by a legal obligation (10) CONTACTED outside worke(R)
16 ACCIDENT
Chance I’d taken, in a manner of speaking (8) ID inside ACCENT
17 DEMENTED
Soldiers, with time in action, cracked (8) (MEN + T) inside DEED
20 MASHES
Helium kept in large-scale pounds (6) HE inside MASS
21 FLAGON
Amount of wine and spirit put into baked dish (6) GO inside FLAN
24 SOUR
Tart, a starter, possibly, not finished right (4) (SOU)p + R

 

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The Stickler Weekly 270

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  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 270
  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 269
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The Stickler Weekly 270 Clue Hints

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Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
A word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over etc.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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The Stickler Weekly 270 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

Some cryptic crosswords are tough purely because local lingo is used and not understood by all, especially those living outside of Australia. This post seeks to fill this vernacular gap.

There aren’t any extra hints needed this week.

Like to add something I’ve missed to help others, or comment on a meaning, term or expression? Please leave a reply below.

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The Stickler Weekly 269 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEDAL BIN
Cutter turned around inside secure waste disposal unit (5,3) BLADE reversed inside PIN
5 ORACLE
Authority or head of linguistics engaged by expert (6) OR + [(L)inguistics inside ACE]
9 CASINGS
Chap regularly performs covers (7) (C)h(A)p + SINGS
10 PYRAMID
Most of combustible heap surrounded by monumental structure (7) (PYR)e + AMID
11 FEDERALIST
Duke imprisoning corrupt leader, a supporter of unionism (10) FIST outside anagram of LEADER
12 CUBA
Chicago baseball player linked to a West Indian republic (4) CUB + A
13 CHAIN
Actor’s starting in prominent feature series (5) (A)ctor inside CHIN
14 LEBANESE
Poison absorbed by eels unsettled some Asian people (8) BANE inside anagram of EELS
17 CATS-EYES
Motorists see them at night time in action very well (4-4) T inside CASE + YES
18 VISIT
Stay with enigmatic activist ignoring input of a court (5) Anagram of ACTIVIST minuS (A + CT)
21 RAGE
Wild anger shown without reservation ultimately (4) Anagram of ANGER minus reservatio(N)
22 COLLECTION
Company IT unit recalled working group (10) CO + (IT + CELL) reversed + ON
24 TOOTERS
Impatient drivers may be too abrupt when cut off (7) TOO + (TERS)e
25 MATINEE
Covering one born in a daytime delivery (7) MAT + I + NEE
26 RASHLY
Spots lady without notice and without thinking (6) RASH + (LADY minus AD)
27 MILDNESS
Moderation shown by young lady holding large object back (8) MISS outside [L + (END reversed)]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PACIFIC
A client’s initial condition, shown in picture, is mild (7) [A + (C)lient + IF] inside PIC
2 DISADVANTAGEOUS
Unfavourable and unhappy company transporter, involved in audit, goes abroad (15) (SAD + VAN) inside anagram of AUDIT GOES
3 LONG-RANGE
Label originally on expensive Australian wine is lasting well into the future (4-5) (L)abel + ON + GRANGE
4 INSULT
Newly-formed tribunals not supporting bar’s offence (6) Anagram of TRIBUNALS minus BAR
6 RARE
Sample from vintner, a red, is exceptional (4) vintneR A REd
7 COMPUTER SCIENCE
IT company put in representation of crime scene? (8,7) CO + (PUT inside anagram of CRIME SCENE)
8 ENDGAME
Chess play managed poorly – losing a castle finally (7) Anagram of MANAGED minus A + castl(E)
10 POSTED
Assigned detachment of cadets openly retreated (6) caDETS OPenly
15 ADVOCATED
Advised against entering a gathering with new cadet (9) V inside (A + DO) + anagram of CADET
16 FELONS
Guys carrying on for low criminals (6) FELLOWS with LOW replaced by ON
17 CURATOR
Hound a degenerate, retired superintendent (7) CUR + A + (ROT reversed)
19 TENDERS
Inexperienced seller’s opening bids (7) TENDER + (S)eller
20 ALUMNI
A large tertiary institution accommodating 1000 old students (6) A + L + (UNI outside M)
23 SELL
Market phone’s sound quality (4) Sounds like CELL

 

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