AFR Cryptic, Saturday 21/4/2018, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (14/4/2018) 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.

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 (14/4/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 POST-MORTEM
PM’s office time measured in extra minutes (4-6) POST + T inside MORE + M
6 BAND
Ring a group of musicians (4) Double Definition
9 EXALT
Mixture of latex is put on a pedestal (5) Anagram of LATEX
10 MARDI GRAS
A spectacular time to mine radium in planet (5,4) (DIG + RA) inside MARS
12 CORRODED
Excessive use of drugs listed in poor record is broken down (8) OD inside anagram of RECORD
13 PAYOLA
A ploy complicated a reward for treachery (6) Anagram of A PLOY + A
15 END UP
Finish reproduction of nude sitting by piano (3,2) Anagram of NUDE + P
16 SHRAPNEL
Her plans involved small change (8) Anagrma of HER PLANS
18 BLOCKING
Monarch behind alliance is being obstructive (8) KING after BLOC
20 OF AGE
Adult’s cigarette pinched by heartless one? (2,3) FAG inside O(n)E
23 ARTFUL
Tricky fault corrected with input from engineer finally (6) Anagram of FAULT outside ENGINEE(R)
24 STEROIDS
Stuff sometimes taken illegally is stored in a new location (8) Anagram of IS STORED
26 CRITERION
Standard interior redesigned after opening of cafe (9) Anagram of INTERIOR after (C)AFE
27 ABASE
Put down a foot (5) A + BASE
28 DEED
Act’s text published in trade editions (4) traDE EDitions
29 NEEDLEWORK
Output from sewer, left separating, now reeked badly (10) L inside anagram of NOW REEKED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PREACHED
Head of parish, accomplished, delivered a sermon (8) (P)ARISH + REACHED
2 SPARRED
Boxed wine delivered behind resort, right? (7) RED after (SPA + R)
3 MOTION PICTURE
Film Rugby Union’s representatives upset in organised competition (6,7) (RU reversed) inside anagram of COMPETITION
4 ROMPER SUIT
US importer distributed babywear (6,4) Anagram of US IMPORTER
5 ECRU
Part of piecrust is very light brown (4) piECRUst
7 AUREOLE
Gold part going around top of evangelist’s halo (7) (AU + ROLE) outside (E)VANGELIST
8 DISMAY
Alarm is armed centrally in the period between sunrise and sunset (6) [IS + AR(M)ED] inside DAY
11 INAPPROPRIATE
One play thing captured by a painter somehow is out of place (13) I + (PROP inside anagram of A PAINTER)
14 BRIGHTENED
Prison, before the end, strangely got better (10) BRIG + anagram of THE END
17 NEWSPEAK
Closer of store in NSW misled summit with ambiguous political language (8) STOR(E) inside anagram of NSW + PEAK
19 LATTICE
Network of bars diluted coffee with ice (7) (LATT)E + ICE
21 AGITATO
A fool at start of oratorio is restless and wild musically (7) A + GIT + AT + (O)RATORIO
22 RANCID
Rotten cold one caught in foreign capital (6) (C + I) inside RAND
25 BITE
Hold section of rabbit ears (4) rabBIT Ears

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The Stickler Weekly 222

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The Stickler Weekly 222 Clue Hints

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Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 222 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 221 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BRAISE
Sprig of basil to enhance stew? (6) (B)ASIL + RAISE
4 PING-PONG
Pressure in fast event on gamer’s first game (4-4) P + IN + GP + ON + (G)AMER
9 SLIVERS
Small pieces of offal, thin slices (7) S + LIVERS
11 PANICKY
Frightened one in particular (7) AN inside PICKY
12 REICH
Energy generated in productive German state (5) E inside RICH
13 ABACUSES
A defender, cut down, consumes tablets (8) A + (BAC)K + USES
14 DISCREDITS
Recording engineer ultimately makes changes to slurs (10) DISC + ENGINEE(R) + EDITS
16 AT IT
A small flyer is keeping busy (2,2) A + TIT
19 STOP
Series of tests to perform check (4) testS TO Perform
20 BLOCK PLANE
Secure map in empty bottle with carpenter’s tool? (5,5) (LOCK + PLAN) inside B(ottl)E
22 ATOM BOMB
Explosive gathering retreated inside a mausoleum (4,4) MOB reversed inside (A + TOMB)
23 TOPIC
Detective in hospital bed recalled question (5) PI inside (COT reversed)
26 LOOPING
Head of old nail, hammered into a piece of wood, is turning around (7) [(O)LD + PIN] inside LOG
27 EPISTLE
Letter “R” missing from anagram of reptiles (7) Anagram of REPTILES minus R
28 MINISTRY
Country runners try following cars (8) TRY after MINIS
29 FELONY
Downgraded charge only affected serious crime? (6) (FE)E + anagram of ONLY
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BESTRIDES
Gets on leading fairground entertainment (9) BEST + RIDES
2 ALIBI
A politician, I suspect, doesn’t have one (5) A + LIB + I
3 SHEPHERD
Lock-up containing pusher giving up US marshal (8) SHED outside (PUSHER minus US)
5 IMPRACTICABLE
Useless right in effect, one on line (13) (R inside IMPACT) + I + CABLE
6 GENIUS
Mastermind, one acknowledged in class (6) I inside GENUS
7 ORCHESTRA
The Corrs, a rocky music group (9) Anagram of THE CORRS A
8 GUYS
Makes fun of people generally (4) Double Definition
10 SCANDALMONGER
Investigate doddery old German, one spreading dirt (13) SCAN + anagram of OLD GERMAN
15 SHOUT DOWN
“Silence! Silence! Get the better of gutless warden”? (5,4) SH + OUTDO + W(arde)N
17 TREACHERY
Disloyalty in connection with pain suffered in struggle (9) (RE + ACHE) in TRY
18 SPITFIRE
Fury and ill-feeling about source of deal, perhaps (8) SPITE outside FIR
21 EMAILS
Correspondence implicated ladies’ man with missing DNA (6) Anagram of LADIES MAN minus DNA
24 POTTO
Clothing passed up to a slow African climber (5) TOP reversed + TO
25 SLUM
Depressed area’s never-ending depression? (4) (SLUM)P

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 221

A little while back I invited all to accomplish something I wasn’t able to do at the time to my satisfaction – write an &lit clue. I’d done the first bit: worked out the base components and suggested a possible construction, but the final touches were needed (if possible) to create an acceptable &lit. The situation that I presented to you comes up relatively regularly during the course of setting crpytic clues, that is, components and construction options suggest that the right combination could lead to the holy grail of setting, a clue that is totally definition and at the same time, totally wordplay.
The tricky bit is getting it perfectly right. Some setters are happy with close enough, but it doesn’t take much for it to fall apart for me. If I can’t make it all work, I’ll move on, or use the bits I have and add a definition. Let’s recap: Our answer is SIEGE MENTALITY, and my suggested construction was: (MEN) inside an anagram of GET IT EASILY. In this case, the key word is (believe it or not) “it”, a word that can point the whole clue to a single concept. There was one attempt in particular, possibly spurred on by the self-confessed wimp, Greg, that I’d like to break down and assess. There are two essential elements that must be exactly right for the clue to work: the containment indicator, putting (MEN) inside, and the anagram indicator. The first one is easier, but still must convey the right “sense” otherwise the wordplay won’t offer enough to make the definition acceptable. The second is the anagram indicator, which for me, makes or breaks the clue, as again it has to convey the right “sense” AND be recognisable as a suitable anagram indicator. This last part is where I stumbled, not being able to find one word/term that I was happy does both jobs.

Here’s Steve’s clue:

People in the grip of it get easily alarmed (5,9)

Here the containment part “in the grip of” paints the perfect picture (better than the one I used in the final clue), a totally suitable term the describe a condition that’s mental. The anagram indicator, “alarmed”, while conveying the right sense in terms of the definition, is on the border as a proper anagram indicator IMO. It’s very close, and I have no doubt many solvers wouldn’t question it.  Arthur questioned the whole thing as a viable definition of SIEGE MENTALITY, but I think it’s OK, not super-specific, but still with enough information do the job.

So a great effort, and one far superior to anything I’ve seen published locally.

I hope this exercise has also given some insight into what an &lit is, as understanding the concept isn’t as easy as it appears.

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 14/4/2018, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (7/4/2018) 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.
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.

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.
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 loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

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

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AFR Cryptic (7/4/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ALTRUISM
A trite statement about large charity (8) (A + TRUISM) outside L
5 FOSSIL
Antiquated poles wrapped in thin metal plate (6) S+S inside FOIL
9 BUILDING SOCIETY
Barrister’s first guilty decision ruined prominent lender (8,7) (B)ARRISTER + anagram of GUILTY DECISION
11 INTERCEDES
One linked with secret den fraudulently acts as a mediator (10) I + anagram of SECRET DEN
12 FRET
Wear away part of a guitar (4) Double Definition
13 GOSSIP
Former Qld premier, one starting to promote scandal (6) GOSS + I + (P)ROMOTE
15 DESCRIBE
Bishop involved with creed is conditioned to paint a mental picture (8) B inside anagram of CREED IS
18 BOTHERED
Person sitting outside there is troubled (8) BOD outside THERE
19 TACTIC
She pulled out of converted catechist’s scheme (6) Anagram of CATECHIST minus SHE
22 CAST
Company project (4) Double Definition
23 ILLUMINATE
Sick emu ain’t treated with shed light on (10) ILL + anagram of EMU AINT
26 RAINBOW LORIKEET
Owl, flanked by airborne kite, tormented colourful Australian bird (7,8) OWL inside anagram of AIRBORNE KITE
27 MODEST
Approach street unpretentious in appearance (6) MODE + ST
28 LEANED ON
Bony swelling when running back may be squeezed (6,2) LEAN + (NODE reversed)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 AMBLING
Disoriented lamb, in middle of dingoes, is moving slowly (7) Anagram of LAMB IN + DIN(G)OES
2 TWIST
Fool grabbing head of sharp screw (5) TWIT outside (S)HARP
3 UNDERLINE
Subway stress? (9) Double Definition
4 SINGED
Flawed design is affected by heat (6) Anagram of DESIGN
6 ORCA
Unlimited force exhibited by a creature of the sea? (4) F(ORC)E + A
7 SPEARMINT
Branch, one dipped in drained herb (9) (ARM + I) inside SPENT
8 LAYETTE
Baby’s set of clothing still inside after hours (7) YET inside LATE
10 SEEDER
Appreciate rose, for example, going up planter (6) SEE + (RED reversed)
14 SATISFIED
Happy fiesta is not normally sad at the end (9) Anagram of FIESTA IS + SA(D)
16 COALITION
Fossil fuel – it is reduced by half by active political group (9) COAL + IT + (I)S + ON
17 MELLOW
Mature sort of elm not reaching a high level (6) Anagram of ELM + LOW
18 BUCKRAM
Spot youngster coming back with book-binding material (7) (MARK + CUB) reversed
20 CHEAT ON
Be unfaithful to dupe filled with passion (5,2) CON outside HEAT
21 FURORE
Stir caused by fur (or ermine) in short supply (6) FUR OR Ermine
24 AMEND
Change people starring in commercial (5) MEN inside AD
25 IBIS
Bird is after one bug initially (4) IS after [I + (B)UG]

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The Stickler Weekly 221

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