AFR Cryptic, Saturday 4/7/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (27/6/2020) Worked Solution

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The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A word or series of words that signify the loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

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

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.
There is only one part to this clue, a definition, and it's usually a play on words. There aren't any indicators.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The 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 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 (27/6/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ROMANIAN
New form of ironman entered by a person from Europe (8) Anagram of IRONMAN outside A
5 THEBES
The chief cut off an ancient Greek city (6) THE + (BES)t
9 HARD MAN
Detective brought in to hurt an individual who’s considered tough (4,3) D inside HARM + AN
10 BARGE IN
Rudely enter establishment that sells alcohol, alcohol spiked with ecstasy (5,2) BAR + (E inside GIN)
11 STOOD GUARD
Addict, initially coming in to do drugs, somehow kept watch (5,5) (A)ddict inside anagram of TO DO DRUGS
12 CORE
Middle section of garlic or eschalot (4) garliC OR Eschalot
14 ENTRANCES
Transport close to campus access points (9) ENTRANCE + campu(S)
16 EMIT
Issue while travelling around (4) TIME reversed
18 DAME
Person who is entitled to check one’s back (4) DAM + on(E)
19 MEANS WELL
Tight-fisted person of high social standing has good intentions (5,4) MEAN + SWELL
21 HICK
Rural birds with wings clipped? (4) c)HICK(s
22 ANTAGONIST
An identifying mark is not modified for opponent (10) AN + TAG + anagram of IS NOT
25 RAIDERS
Contractual provisions binding a rugby league team (7) RIDERS outside A
26 LEG-ROPE
Grommet’s attachment possibly bound around, for example, side of ear (3-4) LOPE outside [EG + ea(R)]
27 DUGITE
Snake grasped it easily at the start (6) DUG + IT + (E)arly
28 GYMNASTS
Many involved in government revenue raisers ultimately should be flexible people (8) (Anagram of MANY inside GST) + raiser(S)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 REHASHED
Has he, in light colour, worked up old material in a new form? (8) (HAS + HE) inside RED
2 MARIO
Games mascot hurt one heading to Olympics (5) MAR + I + (O)lympics
3 NAMED NAMES
Upstanding man wrongly demeans identified people (5,5) MAN reversed + anagram of DEMEANS
4 ANNOUNCEMENTS
One part of speech joins together public statements (13) AN + NOUN + CEMENTS
6 HERD
The sound made by caught animals (4) Sounds like HEARD
7 BEEF OLIVE
Social worker recoiled from hot meat dish (4,5) BEE + (OF reversed) + LIVE
8 SINGER
Voice recording short of length, right? (6) (SINGLE minus L) + R
10 BAROSSA VALLEY
Bar overseas, supported by SA, opposing backstreet producer of quality wines (7,6) BAR + OS + SA + V + ALLEY
13 SENSE ORGAN
Son enrages corrupt auditor, for example (5,5) Anagram of SON ENRAGES
15 THATCHING
Roofing material that China reduced by a thousand dollars (9) THAT + (CHINA minus A) + G
17 PLATTERS
Writer’s forgotten information about recent US records (8) PS outside LATTER
20 SHARED
Corporate storage unit containing art mostly (6) SHED outside (AR)t
23 IRONS
Strands of hair on steam presses (5) haIR ON Steam
24 MEAT
Essence put away after mass (4) EAT after M

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 27/6/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (20/6/2020) Worked Solution

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Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
A word or series of words that signify 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 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.

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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (20/6/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DOWNHEARTED
Blue pile of feathers, a displayed feature, should be kept in mind (11) DOWN + (ART inside HEED)
9 CHANGER
Cold executioner, a reformist (7) C + HANGER
10 OUTSIDE
Remote studio broadcast programme’s final instalment (7) Anagram of STUDIO + programm(E)
11 ENOUNCED
Weight in object is stated clearly (8) OUNCE inside END
12 HOLDEN
Layer formed on outside of vintage type of car (6) HEN outside OLD
14 SLAY
Do away with leader of Labor in power (4) (L)abor inside SAY
15 BLUNDERING
Incompetent in a subordinate position wearing flashy jewellery (10) UNDER inside BLING
18 CASTIGATED
Criticised actors get aid redistributed (10) CAST + anagram of GET AID
19 WAKE
Come to track left by moving object (4) Double Definition
22 TASSIE
Local state borders omitted from remapping of West Asia? (6) Anagram of w)EST ASI(a
24 DREAMT UP
Imagined head of daily paper put out of place (6,2) (D)aily _ REAM + anagram of PUT
26 LEONINE
One depicted badly in series, like Simba maybe (7) Anagram of ONE inside LINE
27 TALKERS
Thieves pinching large speakers (7) TAKERS outside L
28 HAND-ME-DOWNS
High demand affected particular small items of old clothing (4-2-5) H + anagram of DEMAND + OWN + S
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DIAGONALS
Slashes benefit given back by girls holding on (9) AID reversed + (GALS outside ON)
2 WAGING
Comedian, after consumption of gin, is carrying on (6) WAG outside GIN
3 HORSE FLOAT
Grey transporter, possibly for sale, must be repainted in red (5,5) Anagram of FOR SALE inside HOT
4 ADOS
One kicked out of farewell fusses (4) ADIOS minus I
5 TATTOOER
Permanent marker redesigned to rotate (8) Anagram of TO ROTATE
6 DRIED
Mummified heart of Pharaoh, stored inside, disappeared (5) pha(R)aoh inside DIED
7 ACCESS
Retrieve computer language used in different cases (6) C inside anagram of CASES
8 LEUNIG
Section filled in by prominent school cartoonist (6) LEG outside UNI
13 INTEGRATED
Co-ordinated and fashionable get-up proved popular? (10) IN + (GET reversed) + RATED
16 INAPTNESS
Lack of capacity is limiting withdrawal of broadcast censure (9) IS outside [(SENT + PAN) reversed]
17 CIVILIAN
Catch one state backing a non-military person (8) (NAIL + I + VIC) reversed
18 CATTLE
Stock car cut off one pulling out of title (6) (CA)r + (TITLE minus I)
20 EL PASO
Contributors bound to help a south Texan town (2,4) hELP A SOuth
21 CALLOW
Juvenile bully bagging everyone (6) COW outside ALL
23 SLOTH
Slow mover is quiet crossing a patch of ground (5) SH outside LOT
25 TEAM
Got together about supporting a playing group (4) MET reversed outside A

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 20/6/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (13/6/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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 structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

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

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

The entire answer is 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 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 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 (13/6/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FETISH
Iron this crumpled thing (6) FE + anagram of THIS
4 ATOMISER
A mean person coming around to fine distributor (8) (A + MISER) outside TO
10 RUN-RATE
Mysterious character punched by scoundrel, a figure in cricket (3-4) RUNE outside RAT
11 PROBLEM
Fix exploratory spacecraft carrying large mass (7) (PROBE outside L) + M
12 DISCLOSED
Effort initially put into re-engineering of old CDs is made public (9) (E)ffort inside anagram of OLD CDS IS
13 THORN
Types of heath or native spiky plant (5) heaTH OR Native
14 RETRIEVER
One who recovers on triathlon at any time (9) RE + TRI + EVER
16 FIRE
Get rid of tree close to fence (4) FIR + fenc(E)
19 ARCH
Leading searches with witnesses not about (4) se(ARCH)es
20 APATHETIC
A course name, in retrospect, is cool (9) A + PATH + (CITE reversed)
24 DERBY
Colour of cricket ball returned by bowler (5) RED reversed + BY
25 OVERTONES
Public individuals added flavour (9) OVERT + ONES
27 AT ISSUE
Unsettled, a model recalled lawyer’s advice possibly (2,5) A + (SIT reversed) + SUE
28 EXACTOR
Former player is demanding one (7) EX ACTOR
29 EVERMORE
Always remove rotten ref before the end (8) Anagram of REMOVE + (RE)f
30 DEADLY
Toxic mixture of aldehyde separated from helium (6) Anagram of ALDEHYDE minus HE
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1 FARED
Some going through grief are delicately managed (5) grieF ARE Delicately
2 TUNGSTEN CARBIDE
Get disturbance sorted out outside entrance to nightclub’s WC (8,7) Anagram of GET DISTURBANCE outside (N)ightclub
3 SMALL FRY
Children get hot after opening of shopping mall (5,3) FRY after [(S)hopping + MALL]
5 TOP-EDGE
Cricketer’s failing to make a commitment with 50 not scored (3-4) TO + (PLEDGE minus L)
6 MY OATH
Absolutely love author’s beginning in story (2,4) [O + (A)uthor] inside MYTH
7 SELF-OPINIONATED
Arrogant one said “open lift” in a resort (4-11) Anagram of ONE SAID OPEN LIFT
8 REMINDER
Stuff left over, apart from a souvenir (8) REMAINDER minus A
9 LESSEE
Subordinate terminated early notice for tenant (6) (LES)s + SEE
15 VIA
Package carried by aviator is going through (3) aVIAtor
17 HARD CASE
Charades unsettled a person difficult to deal with (4,4) Anagram of CHARADES
18 BELT RACE
Be run down at end of large surf carnival event (4,4) BE + (TRACE after L)
21 PIONEER
Section of jetty providing room for one launch (7) PIER outside ONE
22 TIERED
Draw colour in stages (6) TIE + RED
23 GYPSUM
Severe pain connected to problem with mineral in plaster (6) GYP + SUM
26 SURLY
Bad-tempered one finally leaving, no doubt (5) SURELY minus on(E)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 13/6/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (6/6/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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.
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 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 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.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

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 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.

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 found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The 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 (6/6/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPORTED
Displayed pressure filling in order (7) P inside SORTED
5 SCHISM
Small church is first to mend rift (6) S + CH + IS + (M)end
9 ACT UP
Peak body representing workers quietly carry on (3,2) ACTU + P
10 NEGOTIATE
Contracted one engaged in efficient energy deal (9) (GOT + I) inside NEAT + E
11 DOES TIME
Established one in part of observatory is locked up (4,4) (EST + I) inside DOME
12 DOCTOR
Physician’s means of access must be probed by court (6) DOOR outside CT
14 APPRENTICESHIP
Prince’s tape reviewed in time of trial? (14) Anagram of PRINCES TAPE + HIP
16 AUTHENTICATORS
They are employed to certify gold cornet that is repaired (14) AU + anagram of CORNET THAT IS
20 TROUGH
River entering strong channel (6) R inside TOUGH
22 SAWTOOTH
Looked after hot, cooked part of blade (8) (SAW TO) + anagram of HOT
24 RUTHENIUM
Uranium then iodine absorbed by strange element (9) (U + THEN + I) inside RUM
25 BRILL
Right’s representative, listed in leaflet, is excellent in England (5) R inside BILL
26 GNOSIS
Tune played backwards is revealing spiritual knowledge (6) SONG reversed + IS
27 REGRESS
Regiment rests, losing time to fall back (7) REG + (RESTS minus T)
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1 STANDS
Stone, including flaws, ultimately doesn’t change (6) ST + AND + flaw(S)
2 ON THE SPOT
Deregulation of honest corporation without delay (2,3,4) Anagram of HONEST + POT
3 TIPSTER
Offsider of assistant priest worked with adviser? (7) assistan(T) + anagram of PRIEST
4 DENOMINATE
Call one backed by minister in meeting (10) [ONE reversed + MIN] inside DATE
5 SIGN
Mark tin containing one thousand dollars (4) SN outside (I + G)
6 HIT HOME
Welcome book about hospital made an impact (3,4) HI + (TOME outside H)
7 START
Open top of sweet little pie (5) (S) + TART
8 BEAR UP
Auditor in pub tipped to remain firm under pressure (4,2) EAR inside (PUB reversed)
13 DISCLAIMER
Limiting clause is noted in complicated medical, right? (10) IS inside anagram of MEDICAL + R
15 HARMONISE
Injury is recorded in one match (9) HARM + (IS inside ONE)
16 ARTERY
Chaps leaving search party sabotaged main channel of communication (6) Anagram of SEARCH PARTY minus CHAPS
17 EAGLETS
Ravenous youngsters mauled leg included in food (7) Anagram of LEG inside EATS
18 TOTE BAG
It carries stuff to be returned in kid’s game (4,3) (TO BE) reversed inside TAG
19 WHALES
High-rollers who cut down on alcoholic beverages (6) (WH)o + ALES
21 OFTEN
Calm down leader time after time (5) s(OFTEN)
23 PICS
Settles upon, in audition, photographer’s work (4) Sounds like PICKS

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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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