AFR Cryptic, Saturday 19/9/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (12/9/2020) Worked Solution

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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.
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 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.
A word or series of words that signify the position of wordplay elements in the answer.

Examples: before, after, leading, in the middle of, under (down only) 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.
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.

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 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.
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.
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 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 (12/9/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TERM DEPOSIT
Investment permitted strangely with injection from overseas (4,7) Anagram of PERMITTED outside OS
9 RUSSIAN
National vessel from America, one flanked by the Royal Australian Navy (7) (USS + I) inside RAN
10 EXAMPLE
Test blood type removed from pale specimen (7) EXAM + (PALE minus A)
11 DEFIED
Challenged condition written the wrong way in legal document (6) IF reversed inside DEED
12 SAUCEPAN
Kitchen utensil shaped canapes containing stuff in the middle (8) Anagram of CANAPES outside st(U)ff
14 EARN
Get water heater delivered expressly (4) Sounds like URN
15 SMALL PRINT
Minor contractual matter shopping centre found in running competition (5,5) MALL inside SPRINT
18 SPELLBOUND
Period before spring fascinated (10) SPELL + BOUND
19 MEAN
Despicable plan (4) Double Definition
22 PARANOID
Usual number accommodated by helper, a suspicious character (8) PAR + (NO inside AID)
24 MISFIT
Film about fellow, one out of place (6) MIST outside (F + I)
26 REPTILE
Stormy petrel speared by one despicable person? (7) Anagram of PETREL outside I
27 ACERBIC
Right claimed by fine pen maker is sharp (7) R inside (ACE + BIC)
28 NIGHTINGALE
Flyer in strong wind chasing peculiar thing (11) (IN + GALE) after anagram of THING
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TASK FORCE
Members of Parliament ask for certified working group (4,5) parliamenT ASK FOR CErtified
2 RAIDED
Leader of rebels, with help, launched an attack (6) (R)ebels + AIDED
3 DONE
Right amount of land on earth (4) lanD ON Earth
4 PREVAILING
Pressure reverend not feeling well established (10) P + REV + AILING
5 SEASCAPE
Like eclipse painted in divine artwork (8) (AS + CAP) inside SEE
6 TOP-UP
A boost to new plant (3-2) TO + PUP
7 BRIDGE
Couple that may be last to climb an elevated land formation (6) clim(B) + RIDGE
8 PEANUT
Most of pet fish passed up protein-rich food (6) (PE)t + (TUNA reversed)
13 EMBODIMENT
People locked in converted tomb die with representation (10) MEN inside anagram of TOMB DIE
16 INEFFABLE
Sort of fine story too intense to be expressed in words (9) Anagram of FINE + FABLE
17 BLENDING
Head of big bank’s core business integration (8) (B)ig + LENDING
18 SUPERB
Advance payment covering retiring salesman’s fine (6) SUB outside (REP reversed)
20 NOTICE
Warning as ignored by canoeist at sea (6) ANagram of CANOEIST minus AS
21 CINEMA
Pictures, some graphic, in emails (6) graphiC IN EMAils
23 RIPEN
Mature broker’s final one linked to stock holder (5) broke(R) + I + PEN
25 DAMN
Criticise bananas sent up north (4) MAD reversed + N

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 12/9/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (5/9/2020) 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.
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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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.

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.
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.

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.
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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (5/9/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TRAUMA
Energy expended by amateur out of condition and suffering (6) Anagram of AMATEUR minus E
4 PASPALUM
A source of water spotted in reddish-purple grass (8) (A + SPA) inside PLUM
9 TOURIST
Visitor backed teacher punching solicitor (7) SIR reversed inside TOUT
11 TOOLBAR
Self-sacrificing footballers organised iconic strip? (7) Anagram of FOOTBALLERS minus SELF
12 ELECTRIC
The cleric, newly out of hospital, may be charged (8) Anagram of THE CLERIC minus H
13 SCURRY
Rush last piece of this spicy food (6) thi(S) + CURRY
16 NITROGLYCERINE
Explosive material’s origin recently worked out (14) Anagram of ORIGIN RECENTLY
19 INDUSTRIALISED
Home detention, originally used limiting court action, is developed (14) IN + (D)etention + USED outside (TRIAL + IS)
21 SULTRY
Seductive start to song truly rocked (6) (S)ong + anagram of TRULY
22 DISUNITE
Pass around tanner, keeping it separate (8) (DIE outside SUN) outside IT
25 ANEMONE
An item not needing it – one showy flower (7) AN + (ITEM minus IT) + ONE
27 SWINISH
Part of foot bitten by smart piggy (7) IN inside SWISH
28 ENTIRETY
Being kept outside on the whole (8) ENTITY outside RE
29 AND HOW
An Arab sailing vessel? Certainly! (3,3) AN + DHOW
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1 TATTER
Torn piece of cloth being employed to make lace (6) Double Definition
2 AMUSE
Time of day to work and entertain (5) AM + USE
3 MOISTURISER
Increase in tourism affected preparation to overcome water shortage (11) RISE inside anagram of TOURISM
5 ASTI
Italian white wine, a sticky, reduced by 50% (4) A + STI(cky)
6 PRO
Rugby forward greatly experienced (3) (PRO)p
7 LIBERTINE
Debauched and perverted members of tribe brought into line (9) Anagram of TRIBE inside LINE
8 MORAY EEL
Swimmer’s eye damaged in lesson (5,3) Anagram of EYE inside MORAL
10 TRIGGERS
Gives rise to last of eight ship workers (8) eigh(T) + RIGGERS
14 CREDIT UNION
Change of direction probed by UN financial institution (6,5) Anagram of DIRECTION outside UN
15 DYNAMICS
Variations in the volume of sound I and many recalled in remastered CDs (8) (I + MANY) reversed inside anagram of CDS
17 INDULGENT
Cool, enlarged heart of adult fellow is tender (9) IN + a(DUL)t + GENT
18 AIRSPACE
Paris recreated excellent French atmosphere, for example (8) Anagram of PARIS + ACE
20 NEPHEW
Phone not working in possession of ultramodern relative (6) PHONE minus ON inside NEW
23 IRISH
Burden of heir is hopelessly illogical (5) heIR IS Hopelessly
24 SEAT
Exclusive group holding a place in government (4) SET outside A
26 OAR
Enclosed section of inboard’s propeller (3) inbOARd

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 5/9/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (29/8/2020) Worked Solution

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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.
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 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.

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.

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 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.
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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (29/8/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUT LOOSE
Free toilets situated in nice setting (3,5) LOOS inside CUTE
5 SPARED
Container of hot water, red, is saved (6) SPA + RED
9 MASTERLY
It’s needed to sail early without a professional (8) MAST + (EARLY minus A)
10 CANVAS
Preserve most of great’s artwork (6) CAN + (VAS)t
12 DRAMA
Theatre doctor, a man not fully extended (5) DR + A + MA(n)
13 IN RESERVE
One with courage checking resolution set aside (2,7) (I + NERVE) outside RES
14 SHORT AND SWEET
Reconstruction of the NSW road in place is unexpectedly brief (5,3,5) Anagram of THE NSW ROAD inside SET
17 WEATHER REPORT
Friction regarding cruise terminal location probed by the news item (7,6) (WEAR + RE + PORT) outside THE
21 DISMISSAL
Notice school’s head girl wearing ring (9) [(S)chool + MISS] inside DIAL
23 ERUPT
Components of computer up the spout (5) computER UP The
24 LOOKED
Saw guided around shape of ring without a problem (6) LED outside (O + OK)
25 RESTRAIN
Ready for a new job securing small jail (8) RETRAIN outside S
26 DANISH
Food supplemented by an item from the bakery (6) DISH outside AN
27 STOP DEAD
Despot ordered publicity freeze (4,4) Anagram of DESPOT + AD
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COMEDY
Medicine needed during modest program that’s laughable (6) MED inside COY
2 TASMAN SEA
Australasian division retired at minister’s place in SA (6,3) AT reversed + (MANSE inside SA)
3 OREGANO
Flavour enhancer or, say, a number (7) OR + EG + A + NO
4 SELF-INTEREST
Encrypted net files support personal advantage (4-8) Anagram of NET FILES + REST
6 PRAISES
Commends upgrade in public school (7) RAISE inside PS
7 RIVER
Flow of water heading away from wood, perhaps (5) (d)RIVER
8 DISKETTE
Injured street kid, losing colour, ultimately is floppy (8) Anagram of STREET KID minus colou(R)
11 PRINCE ALBERT
Coat broken printer cable (6,6) Anagram of PRINTER CABLE
15 ENTOURAGE
Staff worked on ute before wild party (9) Anagram of ON UTE + RAGE
16 SWADDLED
Wrapped head of wounded tot up in jumper, say (8) [(W)ounded + ADD] inside SLED
18 HEIFERS
He is accepting offer not of stock (7) HE IS outside (OFFER minus OF)
19 OVERTOP
Excel in conspicuous operation (7) OVERT + OP
20 STONED
High priest, one dedicated to some extent (6) prieST ONE Dedicated
22 SHORN
Back and front parts of rhinoceros should be hairless? (5) rhinocero(S) + HORN

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 29/8/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (22/8/2020) 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.
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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (22/8/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MUSIC STOOL
Collapsed scrum is lacking right, and also left, player’s support (5,5) (Anagram of SCRUM IS minus R) + TOO + L
6 A T MS
Distributors of cash at malls not catering for everyone (1,1,2) AT MALLS minus ALL
9 LAITY
Everyone except the clergy put it in place (5) IT inside LAY
10 MESSAGING
Difficulty getting on communication system (9) MESS + AGING
12 RESTATED
Repeated change to date after a short break (8) Anagram of DATE after REST
13 ACTIVE
Industrious area of Australia that is plugged by leader of Victoria (6) ACT + [IE outside (V)ictoria]
15 AMPLIFY
Insurance company reduced life policy’s final increase (7) AMP + LIF(e) + polic(Y)
16 EQUALS
Rivals quarrel drunkenly, giving up rights and privileges ultimately (6) (Anagram of QUARREL minus RR) + privilege(S)
17 AIR
Broadcast couple with no introduction (3) (p)AIR
19 AMBLER
Stroller is better with front section removed (6) (g)AMBLER
21 THRUSTS
Pushes hard, opening up structured investments (7) H inside TRUSTS
24 TIRING
Difficult time, one managed by phone (6) T + I + RING
25 SLIMLINE
Despicable person, holding nothing back, trimmed down (8) SLIME outside (NIL reversed)
27 PRIESTESS
Religious leader, one established in news media generally (9) (I + EST) inside PRESS
28 NIGHT
Dark horse not taking the lead (5) (k)NIGHT
29 RUNT
Small pig makes noises endlessly? (4) g)RUNT(s
30 BARRISTERS
Roadblocks breached by street people who know the law (10) BARRIERS outside ST
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MALTREAT
Abuse alcohol, right, then have a meal (8) MALT + R + EAT
2 SLIPS UP
Course taken by students in retreat goes wrong (5,2) S(outh) inside (PUPILS reversed)
3 CAYMAN ISLANDS
Hub of capital implicated in many scandals abroad? (6,7) cap(I)tal inside anagram of MANY SCANDALS
4 TIMBER YARD
I am shown in by trader mixed up with deal maker, possibly (6,4) IM inside anagram of BY TRADER
5 OUST
Get rid of some rebellious teenagers (4) rebelliOUS Teenagers
7 TRIVIAL
Proceedings in court interrupted by one opposing minor (7) TRIAL outside (I + V)
8 SAGGED
Scrambled eggs with a starter of duck went down slowly (6) Anagram of (EGGS + A) + (D)uck
11 ACCOUTREMENTS
Reports about dodgy meter’s bits and pieces (13) ACCOUNTS outside anagram of METER
14 FERTILISER
Plant food’s new filter is observed at the centre (10) Anagram of FILTER IS + obs(ER)ved
18 OSTEITIS
Disfigurement of toes – it is a bone problem (8) Anagram of TOES + IT IS
20 MARTIAN
Alien craft, one captured by people (7) (ART + I) inside MAN
22 SHINGLE
Roofing material individual used on the outside of hospital (7) SINGLE outside H
23 STUPOR
Lethargy is at a high level in store just before closing (6) UP inside (STOR)e
26 FETA
Had something cooked up after fine cheese (4) ATE reversed after F

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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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