AFR Cryptic, Saturday 15/2/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (8/2/2020) Worked Solution

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The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.
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.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 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 answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
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AFR Cryptic (8/2/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MUSICAL CHAIRS
One involved in crucial smash spoilt children’s game (7,6) I inside anagram of CRUCIAL SMASH
9 STIFLED
I ran off beyond street and stopped (7) (I + FLED) after ST
10 METHANE
Substantial locks penetrated by the sprayed chemical (7) MANE outside anagram of THE
11 LIARS
Storytellers so ignored by sailors at sea (5) Anagram of SAILORS minus SO
12 IGNORANCE
Caring one should be treated for blindness (9) Anagram of CARING ONE
13 EXAMINER
Former partner, a digger, is a testing sort of person (8) EX + A + MINER
15 HAMPER
Endless bubbly and food selection? (6) c)HAMPER(s
18 BON MOT
Clever line on inside of burial chamber, written backwards (3,3) ON inside (TOMB reversed)
19 RAVENOUS
Praise talent requiring immediate input (8) RAVE + NOUS
22 UNSCATHED
Vessel kept in UN storage facility in one piece (9) CAT inside (UN + SHED)
24 SMOKE
Small car’s exhaust (5) S + MOKE
25 CONCEPT
Theory once added to pressure in court (7) (ONCE + P) inside CT
26 AMATEUR
Drug used in trauma disoriented one with little experience (7) E inside anagram of TRAUMA
27 DISINTERESTED
Bring to light established education not influenced by selfish motives (13) DISINTER + EST + ED
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1 MOSELLE
Not much time to market last lot of vintage wine (7) MO + SELL + vintag(E)
2 SPIN A YARN
Iranian spy, short of capital, resolved to make excuses (4,1,4) Anagram of IRANIAN SPY minus I (capital letter)
3 COLES
Supermarket lines, not popular, ending business (5) (LINES minus IN) after CO(mpany)
4 LUDDITES
Learner studied misguided people rejecting IT (8) L + anagram of STUDIED
5 HUMANE
One embroiled in major highway’s tender (6) AN inside HUME
6 INTERLACE
Intricately put together last component of computer in presence of Intel expert (9) compute(R) inside (INTEL + ACE)
7 STAIN
Dirty star cut down at home (5) STA(r) + IN
8 VENEER
Leader of Egypt, staying inside, never changed appearance (6) (E)gypt inside anagram of NEVER
14 IDOLATERS
Pagans to perform next in the centre of island (9) (DO + LATER) inside IS
16 PROPONENT
Defender and forward, one not contracted (9) PROP + ONE + N(o)T
17 LANDRACE
Pig and boar finally trapped by netting (8) [AND + boa(R)] inside LACE
18 BRUNCH
Starter of rabbit featured in group meal (6) (R)abbit inside BUNCH
20 SPEARED
Expedition crossing a river may be hit by missiles (7) SPEED outside (A + R)
21 PHOTON
A little light power burning on (6) P + HOT + ON
23 SYNOD
Church council is choosy, no doubt, to some extent (5) chooSY NO Doubt
24 SUAVE
Cool store containing uranium (5) SAVE outside U

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 8/2/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (1/2/2020) Worked Solution

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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.
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 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 question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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.
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.
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 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 word or phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
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 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 (1/2/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SET ASIDE
Reserve time in coastal area (3,5) T inside SEASIDE
5 POPPER
Container used for juice and soft drink salesman recalled (6) POP + (REP reversed)
10 ABATE
A cricketer close to milestone is slow (5) A + BAT + mileston(E)
11 SPARE-RIBS
Cuts of meat and brie packed loosely in boxes (5-4) Anagram of BRIE inside SPARS
12 CHARTREUSE
Plan to recycle French liqueur (10) CHART + REUSE
13 GEAR
Parts connected to engage a rotating mechanism (4) engaGE A Rotating
15 VACANT
Empty vessel stored in another (6) CAN inside VAT
16 STARTLE
Surprise celebrity with title lacking in sex appeal (7) STAR + (TITLE minus IT)
19 ASTRIDE
Standing over a gutless tackler in team? (7) A + [T(ackle)R inside SIDE]
21 BEACON
Live next to a bluff’s guiding light (6) BE + A + CON
23 TEST
Opening of torrid set ruined match (4) (T)orrid + anagram of SET
25 POINSETTIA
Feature outside lodge, one next to a red flowering plant (10) POINT outside SET + I + A
27 IMITATION
Counterfeit’s shortcoming initially lacking? (9) (l)IMITATION
28 BLOAT
Vessel opened up by large swell (5) BOAT outside L
29 SKEWER
Spike waste pipe containing potassium (6) SEWER outside K
30 FAREWELL
All the best are heading to Wembley in autumn (8) [ARE + (W)embley} inside FALL
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1 SNATCH
Carbon reinforcing hasn’t damaged lift (6) C inside anagram of HASNT
2 TEAR APART
Harshly criticise music and art after tea (4,5) (RAP + ART) after TEA
3 SWEET BASIL
A website’s replaced local’s primary ingredient of pesto (5,5) Anagram of A WEBSITES + (L)ocal
4 DISSECT
Critically examine sides involved with court (7) Anagram of SIDES + CT
6 OVEN
Part of stove normally (4) stOVE Normally
7 POISE
Composure shown by one in a modelling position (5) I inside POSE
8 RESERVED
Formal verse reproduced in colour (8) Anagram of VERSE inside RED
9 LASSOS
Young girl overseas demonstrates skills in rodeo (6) LASS + OS
14 MANAGEABLE
Compliant staff mishandled a beagle (10) MAN + anagram of A BEAGLE
17 TWO-STROKE
Engine set to work all over the place (3-6) Anagram of SET TO WORK
18 PASTRIES
Like tart, oddly, included in pies with bakery items (8) [AS + (T)a(R)t] inside PIES
20 EXOTIC
Foreign man leaving income tax out of order (6) Anagram of INCOME TAX minus MAN
21 BONANZA
Withdrawal of big shot, bank connected to a stroke of good luck (7) NOB reversed + ANZ + A
22 CARTEL
Consortium of companies manipulated rate within limitations of control? (6) Anagram of RATE inside (C)ontro(L)
24 SWINE
Contemptible person is first to see red, say (5) (S)ee + WINE
26 CAME
Old WWI plane, with tailpiece missing, showed up? (4) (CAME)l

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 1/2/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Oz Day Cryptic 2020 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.
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 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.

A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

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.

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 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.
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.

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 question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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.
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AFR Oz Day 2020 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PILE
Large number supporting column (4) Double Definition
3 CASSETTE
Strong point made in court using detective’s final recording (8) ASSET inside CT + detectiv(E)
8 SCHEMATA
Maths ace revamped diagrammatic outlines (8) Anagram of MATHS ACE
14 ADVERTISE
Time one put into unfavourable push for business (9) (T + I) inside ADVERSE
16 PIT BULL
Strong dog bit wildly into muscle (3,4) Anagram of BIT inside PULL
17 ULTRA
Extremist is a little unhelpful, tragically (5) unhelpfUL TRAgically
18 THRONE
Article supporting king working? (6) THE outside (R + ON)
19 STANCE
One captured by sect altered position (6) AN inside anagram of SECT
20 NOSEPIECE
Bridge’s overseas record held by family member (9) (OS + EP) inside NIECE
22 MASQUERADE
Sort of square wearing fabricated disguise (10) Anagram of SQUARE inside MADE
24 DOCO
Complete company’s local infotainment (4) DO + CO
25 OTAGO
Residents of not a good part of NZ? (5) nOT A GOod
29 SWAN
Sydney player was beaten by man at the back (4) Anagram of WAS + ma(N)
30 MOUNTIES
Plan of action frees foreign policemen (8) MO + UNTIES
32 DAME EDNA
PM’s counterpart in ACT backed an Australian icon? (4,4) AM inside DEED + (AN reversed)
36 AT A GLANCE
Canal gate switched immediately (2,1,6) Anagram of CANAL GATE
37 ULURU
Group from Honolulu ruined this location? (5) honolULU RUined
39 ELBOWED
Cello regularly played and prodded? (7) c(E)l(L)o + BOWED
40 STEWARD
Attendant’s state of mental agitation a doctor recalled (7) STEW + A + (DR reversed)
42 SISAL
Girl returned carrying one type of fibre used to make rope (5) (LASS reversed) outside I
43 PRACTISED
Accomplished performance is portrayed in soft colour (9) (ACT + IS) inside (P + RED)
45 DISCERNS
Notices broken cash dispensers spitting out heaps (8) Anagram of CASH DISPENSERS minus HEAPS
46 CRUSADES
America invested in different types of sacred and holy wars (8) US inside anagram of SACRED
48 LIMP
Walk unevenly without stiffness (4) Double Definition
50 WASTE
Was core picked out of the rubbish? (5) WAS + T(h)E
51 SAGE
Wise person to settle dispute just at the end (4) SAG + disput(E)
52 WAVELENGTH
Hang twelve changing a set way of thinking (10) Anagram of HANG TWELVE
57 HOLD WATER
Veteran in the war ordered to stand up (4,5) OLD inside anagram of THE WAR
59 SAILED
Unruly group of ladies went on a cruise (6) Anagram of LADIES
60 VICTIM
Sufferer’s vitality on display outside one vacated court? (6) VIM outside [I + C(our)T]
63 OF OLD
Round enclosure in which animals could be seen long ago (2,3) O + FOLD
64 DEPORTS
Exiles supported abroad except at a high level (7) Anagram of SUPPORTED minus UP
65 NUMBER TWO
Second in command immobilised and sabotaged tower (6,3) NUMB + anagram of TOWER
66 EXTERIOR
Old companion reformed rioter on the outside (8) EX + anagram of RIOTER
67 RESISTOR
Electrical device is found in surplus stores at the centre (8) IS inside REST + st(OR)es
68 TASK
Teacher’s first to request assignment (4) (T)eacher + ASK
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1 PHANTOM
Unreal cat spotted under container outside hospital (7) TOM after (PAN outside H)
2 LAVER
Some girl – a very good tennis player (5) girL A VERy
4 AS IS
A family member in the current state (2,2) A + SIS
5 SCENTED
Time put into display by head of department featuring perfume (7) T inside SCENE + (D)epartment
6 TOP END
Operation handled by nurse in this location? (3,3) OP inside TEND
7 ENTRECOTE
Steak dish served in bed? Just the opposite (9) COT inside ENTREE
9 COLD STORAGE
Prolonged refrigeration spoiled good clarets (4,7) Anagram of GOOD CLARETS
10 EQUIP
Supply ecstasy and crack (5) E + QUIP
11 ART DECO
Design style once rated poorly by company (3,4) Anagram of RATED + CO
12 AWAKEN
Come to a function for passing examination ultimately (6) A + WAKE + examinatio(N)
13 QUANGO
Question an effort securing university’s Government-funded board (6) (Q + AN + GO) outside U
15 RAN OUT
One in hiding left in a hurry (3,3) AN inside ROUT
21 TRUMAN
President losing patience, initially, with an old president (6) TRUMP minus (P)atience + AN
23 SEAFARERS
Observers admitting a farm docked crafty workers? (9) SEERS outside [A + FAR(m)]
26 ACERBITY
Bitterness a tribe resolved inside country’s borders (8) A + [anagram of TRIBE inside (C)ountr(Y)]
27 STRUTS
They support stone channels (6) ST + RUTS
28 PADDED UP
Worked out a total after Pakistan’s opener got ready to bat (6,2) ADDED UP after (P)akistan
29 SOAPSUDS
They might be used to clean, indeed, a load of chopped spuds (8) SO + A + anagram of SPUDS
31 UNEASY
Worried? Is preparation of any use? (6) Anagram of ANY USE
33 DOWNSWING
Director primarily takes responsibility for section’s slump (9) (D)irector + OWNS + WING
34 PLEASERS
Quiet tenants may be delightful people (8) P + LEASERS
35 DUMPED
Worker in house, secured by outstanding detective, should be let go (6) MP inside DUE + D
38 UNLASH
Leader of Libya guarded by international force remains free (6) (L)ibya inside (UN + ASH)
41 DANCE STUDIO
Ballet teacher, perhaps, ordered 10 audio CDs? (5,6) Anagram of TEN AUDIO CDS
44 ANSWER
A cross-section of Australians were solvent (6) australiANS WERe
47 REGISTRAR
Doctor’s substance, right, injected into back? (9) (GIST + R) inside REAR
49 DEVICE
Computer hardware died oddly with fault (6) (D)i(E)d + VICE
50 WALKOUT
Trade union approved law about strike by workers (7) (TU + OK + LAW) reversed
51 SCRIPT
One released by inspector forged letters (6) Anagram of INSPECTOR minus ONE
53 AVERNUS
A star reverend brought up the entrance to hell (7) A + [(SUN + REV) reversed]
54 HEMLOCK
Poison is secure behind border (7) LOCK after HEM
55 CHOOSE
Pick out carbon ring wedged in flexible pipe (6) C + (O inside HOSE)
56 MISSUS
Wife, with connections through Instagram, is suspicious (6) instagraM IS SUSpicious
58 WADER
Bird seen in the shallows was mostly red all over (5) (WA)s + (RED reversed)
61 TETRA
Colourful swimmer, one getting out of tailored attire (5) Anagram of ATTIRE minus I
62 AMMO
Chain of command sent back essential supplies for soldiers (4) cOMMAnd reversed

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AFR Cryptic (18/1/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUT OFF
Suspended copper associated with classy person (3,3) CU + TOFF
4 ELASTICS
Graduate’s last class – it redesigned a children’s game (8) graduat(E) + anagram of CLASS IT
10 RERUN
Old program is given up by insurer in recession (5) (i)N(s)URER reversed
11 OPPRESSOR
Tyrant prospers wrongly after starting with nothing (9) Anagram of PROSPERS after O
12 TRIMARAN
Dock next to a service vessel (8) TRIM + A + RAN
13 SPREAD
Circulate central elements of Newspoll study (6) new(SP)oll + READ
14 DIALECT
Chapter in detail roughly depicted a different way of speaking (7) C inside anagram of DETAIL
15 SUNDIAL
Uranium detected in composition of island’s ancient clock (7) U inside anagram of ISLAND
17 EAT
Consume slices of meatloaf (3) mEATloaf
18 SMELTER
Industrial plant’s line primarily checked by small gauge (7) (L)ine inside (S + METER)
19 APPOINT
Name is not filled in by pop incorrectly (7) AINT outside anagram of POP
21 BEAGLE
Hound black bird of prey (6) B + EAGLE
23 SCORPION
Crop is sprayed dealing with venomous critter (8) Anagram of CROP IS + ON
25 LEGISLATE
Section is slow to pass laws (9) LEG + IS + LATE
26 NOT ON
“No score” in cricket is unacceptable (3,2) NO + TON
27 THRESHED
Processed grain right inside the farm building (8) R inside (THE + SHED)
28 PRUDES
Strait-laced people could be insulting in last part of letter (6) RUDE inside PS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CAROTID
Recovered finally after surgery on aortic artery (7) recovere(D) after anagram of AORTIC
2 TERMINATE
Finish distributed matter in conference at the end (9) Anagram of MATTER IN + conferenc(E)
3 FUNDAMENTALISTS
Entertaining lady, coming on last, isn’t prepared for true believers (15) FUN + DAME + anagram of LAST ISNT
5 LAPS
Circuits fail before the end (4) (LAPS)e
6 SLEEPING PARTNER
Passive investor representing ALP dealt with misappropriation (8,7) Anagram of REPRESENTING ALP
7 ISSUE
Bring out soft paper trimmed down one side (5) (t)ISSUE
8 STRUDEL
Pastry crust, not initially cooked, was first sent back (7) Anagram of (c)RUST + LED reversed
9 NO MATTER
It is not important to talk about contents of tomb? (2,6) NATTER outside t(OM)b
15 STARCHED
Formal celebrity chef almost died (8) STAR + CHE(f) + D
16 INITIATED
One container of food upset a diet informally started (9) I + TIN reversed + anagram of A DIET
18 SUBPLOT
“Bus overturned by learner in possession of pot” is a side story (7) BUS reversed + (L inside POT)
20 TENANTS
A leader of note staying in camp accommodated people (7) [A + (N)ote] inside TENTS
22 ANGER
Provoke park officer giving up right at the start (5) (r)ANGER
24 MAKE
Manufacture material of yashmak economically (4) yashMAK Economically

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AFR Cryptic, Australia Day 2020, Clue Hints

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The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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 type of clue where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

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.
All words can be validly written with a leading capital without changing their meaning. Hence, the capitalisation of a word may present a different picture than is intended.
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.

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.

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 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.
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.

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 phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
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.

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.
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 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.

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 answer is hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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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
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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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