The Stickler Weekly 187

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The Stickler Weekly 187 Clue Hints

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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 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 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.
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The Stickler Weekly 187 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 186 Solution

Many years ago during a regular crossword-related search of the internet, I came across an article written by a fellow from Bowral, NSW, called Dick Honor. The article interested me, and since he was a cryptic man who taught people in his area how to solve cryptics, I wanted to make contact and perhaps introduce him (and his students) to my website. Many discussions ensued, during which he told me about a project he’d been working on involving the documenting of cryptic terms and words used in cryptics and crosswords in general. Every day he would scan the SMH crossword and note any term or word he didn’t know, or maybe a synonym for a word that he hadn’t seen before. Soon words from all parts of his life were added, with Dick being on constant lookout for new words and phrases. His Glossary built up over many years and, with encouragement from his family and students, he decided to investigate making it available for solvers to use. This was no easy task, as the collection of words and their meanings was assembled in a Word document, and turning this into a look-up reference took a some effort. The good news is that Dick’s Glossary is now available for all to use.
Dick’s local paper printed an article about his efforts.
Dick describes his book as a Glossary because “it’s a mixture of thesaurus, dictionary and fact book.” Almost 700 pages of blood, sweat and tears. You can get a printed version or Kindle version from Amazon.

It’s great to see a true Australasian crossword reference!

 

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPATCHCOCK
Prepared chicken area caught in big blow (10) (PATCH + C) inside SOCK
6 SMUG
Complacent dentist may examine these using a mirror (4) GUMS reversed
9 OLDER
Senior’s computer directory not opening (5) F(OLDER)
10 ABANDONED
Unrestrained and forward getting into a bed (9) (AND + ON) inside A BED
12 SCRATCHING
Front of the chin, supported by the neck, is standing out (10) [(T)HE + CHIN] inside SCRAG
13 OVA
Ingredients of pavlovas? (3) pavlOVAs
15 CASING
Moulded object losing temperature outside (6) CASTING minus T
16 SENTENCE
Life for one sent off, away from crime (8) SENT + (OFFENCE minus OFF)
18 IN HEAVEN
Cast accommodated by hotel is overjoyed (2,6) HEAVE inside INN
20 PLIANT
Adaptable derivative of iodine stored in factory (6) I inside PLANT
23 TEA
Beverage and milk supplier finished early (3) (TEA)T
24 SATURNALIA
Australian organised a period of unrestrained revelry (10) Anagram of AUSTRALIAN
26 RETURNING
Tuner, rewired into circuit, is feeding back (9) Anagram of TUNER inside RING
27 ELEMI
Extract from abele mixed with fragrant resin (5) abELE MIxed
28 SENT
Nitrogen in container of gel may be transported (4) N inside SET
29 BENEFACTOR
Patron’s been irritated by loud person on stage (10) Anagram of BEEN + F + ACTOR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SHOW
All pulled out of meaningless display (4) SHALLOW minus ALL
2 ADDICTS
Enthusiasts did broadcast during performances (7) Anagram of DID inside ACTS
3 CURTAIN RAISER
Dog trainer is excited about a preliminary event (7,6) CUR + (anagram of TRAINER IS outside A)
4 CHANCE
Part of a church without large opening (6) CHANCEL minus L
5 CLARINET
Instrument certainly not completely broken (8) Anagram of (CERTAINL)Y
7 MONSOON
Wind on bearing inside satellite (7) (ON + S) inside MOON
8 GODPARENTS
Sponsors do set up standard in public facility (10) (DO reversed + PAR) inside GENTS
11 DIGITAL CAMERA
Archaeological site came into a trial prepared with photographic equipment (7,6) DIG + (CAME inside anagram of A TRIAL)
14 SCRIPTURES
Confused priest’s curate, going without, consumed religious writings (10) Anagram of PRIESTS CURATE minus ATE
17 BESTRIDE
Favourite amusement park activity to get on (8) BEST + RIDE
19 HEARTEN
Encourage judge to catch up (7) HEAR + (NET reversed)
21 ALIMENT
Food – fruit – consumed by six-footer (7) LIME inside ANT
22 BROGUE
Shoe’s tongue (6) Double Definition
25 PIER
Early type of spacecraft losing track of one landing site (4) PIONEER minus ONE

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 22/7/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (22/7/2017) Worked Solution

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The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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 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 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 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 a mixing-up of letters.

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

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.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (15/7/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FLOGGED
Fellow removed trees taken illegally (7) F + LOGGED
5 DEBATED
Cricketer in action got involved in an argument (7) BAT inside DEED
9 OFTEN
Calm down leader over and over again (5) S(OFTEN)
10 SAUCINESS
Resolved issue can lead to some flippancy (9) Anagram of ISSUE CAN + (S)OME
11 INFORMER
Whistle-blower popular long ago (8) IN + FORMER
12 STATES
Inhabitants of outpost at established government regions (6) outpoST AT EStablished
14 ACCIDENT-PRONE
Clumsy pair connected in a strange way (8-5) Anagram of PAIR CONNECTED
17 CLEARING HOUSE
“Centre of settlement is cold enough,” Israel restated (8,5) C + anagram of COLD ENOUGH
21 OBTUSE
Slow orbit oddly linked to wear and tear (6) OrBiT + USE
23 ASSESSED
Valued pack animal scattered seeds (8) ASS + anagram of SEEDS
25 AUSTRALIA
A ritual’s replaced by a developed country (9) Anagram of A RITUALS + A
26 TROPE
Talker’s opening line is a figure of speech (5) (T)ALKER + ROPE
27 SHAPELY
Good-looking mimic left wearing sling (7) (APE + L) inside SHY
28 MINUTES
People that don’t talk about current official records (7) MUTES outside IN
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FOODIE
Shortened cricket match supported by rival connoisseur (6) ODI inside FOE
2 OUT-OF-DATE
Duck and tofu cooked with fruit is not cool (3-2-4) O + anagram of TOFU + DATE
3 GENERIC
Common sort of green lice with no wings? (7) Anagram of GREEN + (L)IC(E)
4 DESCENDING
500 escape termination going down (10) D + ESC + ENDING
5 DRUG
Guard returned without heart medication? (4) GU(A)RD reversed
6 BUILT UP
Bud trimmed on hybrid tulip increased in size (5,2) (BU)D + anagram of TULIP
7 TREAT
The man coming out of theatre troubled doctor (5) Anagram of (THEATRE minus HE)
8 DISASTER
Unfortunate event is confirmed in mismanagement of trades (8) IS inside anagram of TRADES
13 ENTHUSIASM
The man is mistaken about American relish (10) Anagram of THE MAN IS outside US
15 OVERSHOOT
Drive away in public and go too far (9) SHOO inside OVERT
16 SCHOLARS
Academics have old lessons initially included in marks (8) [(H)AVE (O)LD (L)ESSONS] inside SCARS
18 RESERVE
Contents of free verse changed book? (7) F(RE)E + anagram of VERSE
19 UNEATEN
University put to rights is not taken in (7) U + NEATEN
20 IDLERS
Slackers mistreated soldier deprived of oxygen (6) Anagram of SOLDIER minus O
22 TESLA
Famous electrical engineer’s contribution to Descartes’ Law (5) descarTES LAw
24 ALLY
Friend is really not holding on (4) REALLY minus RE

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The Stickler Weekly 186

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The Stickler Weekly 186 Clue Hints

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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 entire answer is found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal indicator will be present.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 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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The Stickler Weekly 186 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.

The clues listed here may contain a component not familiar to all outside of Australia.

(click on the clue number to see the inside information)


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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 15/7/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (8/7/2017) Worked Solution

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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15-down

16-down

18-down

20-down

24-down

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 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 word or series of words that signify the removal of a letter, letters, word or words (or their equivalents) from other parts of the clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: taken from, decreased by, less.

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.

The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 removal of a letter, letters, word or words (or their equivalents) from other parts of the clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: taken from, decreased by, less.

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