AFR Cryptic, Easter 2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (13/4/2019) Worked Solution

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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 answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The entire answer is found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal 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 a mixing-up of letters.

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

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.
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.
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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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AFR Cryptic (13/4/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STEEP
Overpriced drench (5) Double Definition
4 ADVANCES
A group of five gate-crashing social events moves on (8) A + (V inside DANCES)
10 RETURNED SOLDIER
Veteran ruler ended riots abroad (8,7) Anagram of RULER ENDED RIOTS
11 LEATHERY
Tough end of silverside marinated in bubbly (8) silversid(E) inside LATHERY
12 CHIP IN
Awful physician not wanting, say, to make a contribution (4,2) Anagram of PHYSICAN minus SAY
14 STINKS
Time breaking up cesspits is unpleasant (6) T inside SINKS
15 ENTHRAL
Rental misplaced outside hospital’s entrance (7) ANagram of RENTAL outside H
18 SAW
Recognised gnome (3) Double Definition
19 INTENSE
Direction taken by wayward teen is profound (7) (N)orth inside anagram of TEEN IS
21 INMATE
Prisoner’s in a winning position on board (6) IN + MATE
24 SPOTTY
Speckled tail of albatross not all there (6) albatros(S) + POTTY
26 ICE CREAM
Cooked rice came with cold dessert (3,5) Anagram of RICE CAME
28 INSURANCE BROKER
Premium provider in care runs oddly around without money (9,6) IN + anagram of CARE RUNS outside BROKE
29 GATHERED
Gad about in that location in a group (8) GAD outside THERE
30 SIDES
Camps aren’t given up by a dissenter going through turmoil (5) ANagram of A DISSENTER minus ARENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STROLL
A pedestrian may take this street directory (6) ST + ROLL
2 ENTRANT
Competitor hurried inside tent in poor condition (7) RAN inside anagram of TENT
3 PARTHENON
Leave layer on old temple (9) PART + HEN + ON
5 DASH
Leader of decathlon has prepared for fast race (4) (D)ecathlon + anagram of HAS
6 ALLAH
A passage reflected godly character (5) A + (HALL reversed)
7 CLIPPER
Ammunition holder for a fast vessel (7) CLIP + PER
8 STRANGLE
Learner pushed in unusual choke (8) L inside STRANGE
9 REDRESSED
Cherry seeds scattered on banks of river should be set right (9) RED + (anagram of SEEDS outside R)
13 BEWITCHED
Fascinated network turned up and reacted to irritation (9) WEB reversed + ITCHED
16 TIMECARDS
Issue over bad people keeping right employment records (9) EMIT reversed + (CADS outside R)
17 RIESLING
Even passengers from cruise drink wine (8) c(R)u(I)s(E) + SLING
20 TOOLSET
Women, say, in test, uploaded a useful software collection (7) (LOO inside TEST) reversed
22 TWEAKED
A king wearing woollen clothing is refined (7) (A + K) inside TWEED
23 SMARTS
Intelligence facility described in text (6) ART inside SMS
25 TORTE
Beaten attorney not given any cake (5) ANagram of ATTORNEY minus ANY
27 KNEE
A number in shock needed a joint (4) shocK NEEded

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The Stickler Weekly 267

Thanks for your clues for PARTISAN. The last cluing challenge generated a big response, but not so this time. Hard to clue? It looks like people would be happy for me to turn off the comments for a short time after posting, but I’ll wait a few weeks first so others can contribute.

The Stickler for this week is now available. Please select your preferred solving format.

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

  Clue Hints for The Stickler Weekly 267
  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 267
  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 266
  Invest in the Future of The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 267 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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 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 entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
A 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.
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 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 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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.

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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 267 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

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

There aren’t any extra hints needed this week.

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

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The Stickler Weekly 266 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SABOTAGE
Expert, checking boat, repaired malicious damage (8) SAGE outside anagram of BOAT
5 PRIMUS
Particular American gas cooker (6) PRIM + US
9 AGREE TO
Accept a welcome by head of organisation (5,2) A + GREET + (O)rganisation
10 DRASTIC
Drive with a puncture briefly? That’s desperate (7) DR + A + (STIC)k
11 DISSIPATED
Is drink poured into old hat wasted? (10) (IS + SIP) inside DATED
12 IRON
Press on after contracting bug (4) ON after (IR)k
14 NIGHT-OWLS
Birds developed with long feathers ultimately (5-4) Anagram of WITH LONG + feather(S)
16 EBAY
Auction site may be redesigned just after opening (4) Anagram of m(AY BE)
18 ROOM
Dock returned usable space (4) MOOR reversed
19 RING A BELL
Jewellery and label oddly seem familiar (4,1,4) RING + anagram of LABEL
21 RUSE
Get through after juggler’s last trick (4) USE after juggle(R)
22 LITTLE JOHN
Hood’s friend left the joint, upset about final letter read in jail (6,4) L + [anagram of THE JOINT outside jai(L)]
25 BANKING
Seize retired bigwig’s financial transactions (7) NAB reversed + KING
26 BREADTH
Sourdough, for example, served with nearly all of the spread (7) BREAD + (TH)e
27 DIESEL
Engine stops working well with limitations removed (6) DIES + w)EL(l
28 MEASURED
A bound taken during medical should be evaluated (8) (A + SURE) inside MED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STANDING
Taking part in contest and in good position (8) conteST AND IN Good
2 BIROS
Writers, right, plugging short stories about life (5) R inside BIOS
3 THE BIG TIME
Tie might be needed in audience for highest level of entertainment? (3,3,4) Anagram of TIE MIGHT BE
4 GLOBAL WARMING
Blog implicated capital of Wales in dreadful international problem (6,7) Anagram of BLOG + (W)ales inside ALARMING
6 READ
Understand what’s written on public notice (4) RE + AD
7 MOTORCADE
Procession actor arranged in style (9) Anagram of ACTOR inside MODE
8 SECOND
Endorse company shown in broadcast (6) CO inside SEND
10 DRESSING-TABLE
Ordered art, single beds and bedroom furniture (8-5) Anagram of ART SINGLE BEDS
13 SEDATENESS
Controlled state seat needs changing by 8? (10) Anagram of SEAT NEEDS + S(econd)
15 GOOD SENSE
Sound judgement ends badly in case of foolish person (4,5) Anagram of ENDS inside GOOSE
17 BLANCHED
Chef mostly dressed in boring white (8) (CHE)f inside BLAND
20 PROBED
Page, formally attired, asked questions (6) P + ROBED
23 ORDER
Regulate state lines with no boundaries (5) b)ORDER(s
24 MILE
Corrupted email missing a great deal (4) Anagram of EMAIL minus A

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 13/4/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (6/4/2019) Worked Solution

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

Need more hints for these or other clues? Just leave a reply below.


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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.

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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (6/4/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CREMATE
Burn mark noticed in form (7) M(ark) inside CREATE
5 SUBWAY
Australian state involved in reconstruction of busy transport system (6) WA inside anagram of BUSY
9 SEDGE
Small border plant that likes wet conditions (5) S + EDGE
10 TANTALISE
Lead on bronze is featured in report (9) TAN + (IS inside TALE)
11 NORSEMEN
They were in Scandinavia and not seen around centre of Denmark (8) NOR + [SEEN outside den(M)ark]
12 APIECE
Individually baked dish wrapped by master (6) PIE inside ACE
14 HORSE CHESTNUTS
Stones crush the battered conkers (5,9) Anagram of STONES CRUSH THE
16 SENTIMENTALIST
Romantic sent people in IT a record (14) SENT + (MEN inside IT) + A + LIST
20 INCOME
Revenue one company invested in reformed men (6) I + (CO inside anagram of MEN)
22 KEPT AT IT
Kid at first mistreated a pet bird and carried on (4,2,2) (K)id + anagram of A PET + TIT
24 TAMARILLO
Damage one spotted inside giant, round tomato (9) (MAR + I) inside TALL + O
25 TALLY
Agree time with friend (5) T + ALLY
26 BOWLED
Ship’s leader went first and delivered (6) BOW + LED
27 DREADED
A deed falsely initiated by doctor is awful (7) Anagram of A DEED after DR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASINO
Variety of coins divided up by a business in Macau, say (6) Anagram of COINS outside A
2 EIDERDOWN
Blend of red wine offered around social gathering could be warmer (9) Anagram of RED WINE outside DO
3 AGELESS
Classic by Eagles re-recorded by musicians in the end (7) Anagram of EAGLES + musician(S)
4 ENTRENCHED
Stop outside centre roughly tackling hard and firm (10) END outside (anagram of CENTRE outside H)
5 SAND
Start to smooth and polish with abrasive material (4) (S)mooth + AND
6 BEARPIT
Put up with inside information about a scene of rowdy disorder (7) BEAR + (TIP reversed)
7 AGILE
Sprightly one restricted by a broken leg (5) I inside (A + anagram of LEG)
8 CELEBS
iPad not needed by sort of despicable people in the limelight (6) Anagram of DESPICABLE minus IPAD
13 CENTREFOLD
Referee in Australian capital linked to old magazine feature (10) REF inside (CENT + OLD)
15 UNSETTLED
Flustered without guidance about rescheduled test (9) UNLED outside anagram of TEST
16 SHIITE
Muslim greeting put in place (6) HI inside SITE
17 IMMORAL
Bad molar fixed after one minute (7) Anagram of MOLAR after (I + M)
18 LET IT BE
Beatles song title reworked by Brian Epstein initially (3,2,2) Anagram of TITLE + (B)rian (E)pstein
19 STAYED
Yeast undergoing fermentation died and remained (6) Anagram of YEAST + D
21 CAMEO
Small part arrived with ring (5) CAME + O
23 FLED
Female headed split (4) F + LED

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The Stickler Weekly Catch-up Time

Catch-up

The website stats show a large number of solvers are running at least one crossword behind at the moment. The Stickler Weekly will take a week’s break to allow solvers to catch up.

Posts

In a sort of related matter, I am concerned that people can be intimidated by how quickly some can solve The Stickler Weekly, and may either give up early or resort to word-solving websites in order the accelerate their solve as a result. It is a weekly crossword, and while some can finish quickly, the majority take much longer. To alleviate pressure that early comments might cause, I’m considering disabling the comments on The Stickler Weekly posts for 1 or 2 days after publishing. This may have an impact on the number of weekly posts overall, but I think it could be worthwhile. There’s nothing to stop anyone sending me an email about a crossword if necessary. What do you think?

Cluing challenge

Most of you would be aware of my cryptic crossword cluing philosophy regarding definition/wordplay etymological crossover. I try not to have ANY relationship in whole or part between the definition and the wordplay. This style originated in the US and it leads to more pure clues but it does add restrictions to the palette of the setter.

To demonstrate how this works, write a clue for PARTISAN without using PART as an element in the wordplay. PART in PARTISAN has the same origin as the lone PART. As there is only one entry in the dictionary, all meanings of PART are taboo, whether noun, verb or adverb. Give it a go as there are many other breakdowns available.

The Stickler Weekly 267 and solution to The Stickler Weekly 266 will appear next week.

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 6/4/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (30/3/2019) Worked Solution

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

Need more hints for these or other clues? Just leave a reply below.


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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.
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 position of wordplay elements in the answer.

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

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 the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

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

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 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.
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