The Stickler Weekly 171

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The Stickler Weekly 171 Clue Hints

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The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The 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.
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 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 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 found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
All words can be validly written with a leading capital without changing their meaning. Hence, the capitalisation of a word may present a different picture than is intended.
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 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 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.
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.

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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The Stickler Weekly 171 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

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

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

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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.
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The Stickler Weekly 170 Solution

It seems 15-down caused a few of you some issues. It’s no wonder, really, as the last thing you would expect is a complete reversal clue with a 15-letter answer. In all the time that I’ve written cryptics, I’ve never seen a reversal that long, but I’ll have to admit that was the furthest thing from my mind when I started writing the clue. The STRESSED/DESSERTS association has been used countless times in cryptic circles, so when I saw DESSERTS I wondered straight away whether I could use reverse STRESSED somehow. Imagine my delight when I realised the remaining part of the answer, POONS, was itself a reversed word! More, SNOOP, can be a noun or a verb, so plently to work with. I think reversals, like hiddens and sounds-like clues, tend to be the most obvious clue types due to a relatively limited set of acceptable indicators available, but luckily there are a couple of reversal indicators that are common words (like ABOUT, AROUND and OVER) with multiple cryptic uses and ABOUT suited perfectly in this case. The more natural the clue in flow, the easier it is for the solver to miss elements of the wordplay. Trickiness isn’t necessary when simplicity is available.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MAGISTRATE
Publication is first to truly appraise judge (10) MAG + IS + (T)RULY + RATE
6 WAND
Staff pale and sickly died (4) WAN + D
9 DEATH
Departure date changed by hospital (5) Anagram of DATE + H
10 SALAD DAYS
Youth speaks about schoolboy lawyer in the US (5,4) SAYS outside (LAD + DA)
12 EXTROVERT
Newspaper edition ignoring a public figure who is not retiring (9) (EXTRA minus A) + OVERT
13 SHELL
Hard structure to attack with bullets (5) Double Definition
14 RAMP
Drive hard down last bit of steep slope (4) RAM + STEE(P)
15 FORENSIC
Thief’s offsider corrupted cronies connected with courts of law? (8) THIE(F) + anagram of CRONIES
18 OVERSEAS
Exotic introduction to odes and poetry, for instance (8) (O)DES + VERSE + AS
20 STUB
Worn-out writer, perhaps, backed objections (4) BUTS reversed
24 TOILE
Ladies, say, trimmed transparent fabric (5) (TOILE)T
25 SHARPENER
Distributor accepting stockholder’s steel, for instance? (9) SHARER outside PEN
26 TIMESHARE
Drain containing mesh adjoining a jointly owned property (9) TIRE outside (MESH + A)
27 OVARY
Ring to change egg supplier (5) O + VARY
28 PASS
I have pulled out of non-violent sanction (4) PASSIVE minus IVE
29 RECONSIDER
Take another look at equestrian going around scattered cones (10) RIDER outside anagram of CONES
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 MIDGET
Slow up to pick up small person (6) DIM reversed + GET
2 GO AFTER
Words from screaming oaf terrified dog (2,5) screaminG OAF TERrified
3 SCHOOLMASTERS
Teachers rearranged the classrooms (13) Anagram of THE CLASSROOMS
4 RUSHER
River guide is one in a hurry (6) R + USHER
5 TELETHON
Interrupted service fixed up on the broadcast fund raiser (8) LET reversed + anagram of ON THE
7 AMADEUS
Biopic of a composer produced in a foreign country (7) MADE inside (A + US)
8 DISPLACE
Shift clasp badly wedged in sink (8) Anagram of CLASP inside DIE
11 DESSERTSPOONS
Busybody highly strung about consumer products (13) (SNOOP + STRESSED) reversed
16 FOOTSTEP
Fine favourites extremely upset with pace (8) F + (PETS + TOO) reversed
17 NAUSEATE
A union’s leader in Senate stirred up revolt (8) [A + (U)NION] inside anagram of SENATE
19 ENIGMAS
Puzzling problems developed in games (7) Anagram of IN GAMES
21 BANDAID
Plaster and adhesive originally included in tender (7) [AND + (A)DHESIVE] inside BID
22 GAZEBO
Watch boat docked at summerhouse (6) Gaze + (BOAT minus AT)
23 PRAYER
Petition got yanked away from drunken partygoer (6) Anagram of PARTYGOER minus GOT

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 25/3/2017, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (18/3/2017) Worked Solution

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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 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.

The answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

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

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

The 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.
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 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 (18/3/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ESPECIALLY
Unusual pieces collected by associate above all (10) Anagram of PIECES + ALLY
6 DEAR
Precious diamonds listed by auditor (4) D + EAR
9 ENROL
Join up bits of broken rollers (5) brokEN ROLlers
10 UNBENDING
Firm bun cooked before finale (9) Anagram of BUN + ENDING
12 PREGNANCY
Period of inner growth? (9) Cryptic Definition
13 TROUT
Fish in river trapped by hawker (5) R inside TOUT
14 SEAL
Ocean mammal ultimately? (4) SEA + MAMMA(L)
15 USHERS IN
Introduces drug dealer, not starting with wrongdoing (6,2) P(USHER) + SIN
18 INFAMOUS
Shameful information about a male American (8) INFO outside (A + M) + US
20 HOSE
Spray a partially-gutted dwelling? (4) HO(u)SE
24 LET ON
Long piece of music, played back, say (3,2) L + (NOTE reversed)
25 COALITION
Union conciliator strangely ignoring boundaries? (9) Anagram of c(ONCILIATO)r
26 NORTHEAST
Number connected with the arts reviewed direction? (9) NO + anagram of THE ARTS
27 BLOKE
Be punched by large, fair fellow (5) BE outside (L + OK)
28 SLEW
A large number killed (4) Double Definition
29 BLUNDERERS
Disgruntled elders burn people who do the wrong thing (10) Anagram of ELDERS BURN
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 EXEMPT
Former politician in middle of telethon is released from any obligation (6) EX + [MP inside tel(ET)hon]
2 PARCELS
Port initially clears misdirected packages (7) (P)ORT + anagram of CLEARS
3 CALENDAR MONTH
An old merchant restructured part of a year (8,5) Anagram of AN OLD MERCHANT
4 ALUMNI
A large university accommodating 1000 old students (6) (A + L + UNI) outside M (Roman for 1000)
5 LOBBYIST
Court action by one street’s influential person (8) LOB + BY + I + ST
7 EDITORS
Journalists raised corruption in party (7) (ROT inside SIDE) reversed
8 RIGHTING
Fixing broken thing at the back of semitrailer (8) Anagram of THING after RIG
11 NOT NEGOTIABLE
Newcastle’s banks got one in famous cheque endorsement? (3,10) [(N)ewcastl(E) + GOT + I] inside NOTABLE
16 AIRLINES
Transporters rebuilt rail in east, oddly (8) Anagram of RAIL IN + (E)a(S)t
17 PUB CRAWL
Hotel tour turned up to fight outside clubs (3,5) UP reversed + BRAWL outside C
19 FAT-FREE
Fine fellow, resting in the shade of a tree, is lean (3-4) F + (F inside A TREE)
21 EVIL ONE
I have picked up single character that cannot be trusted (4,3) IVE reversed + LONE
22 FATTEN
Fill out start of form at roughly morning tea time (6) (F)ORM + AT + TEN
23 ENTERS
Records recalculation of interest without it (6) Anagram of INTEREST minus IT

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The Stickler Weekly 170

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The Stickler Weekly 170 Clue Hints

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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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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.
The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The entire answer is found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal 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 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 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 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 170 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

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

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

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


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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 169 Solution

The Guardian in the UK has a reputation for publishing a good cryptic crossword. It was the crossword my teacher used back in the 1970s to teach us how to solve. Times have changed since then, and a misguided belief that cryptic crossword evolution is necessary has changed The Guardian crossword into a hit and miss affair. There are quite a few setters, all different, which is a good thing especially if your cryptic tastes are broad. Creativity has been encouraged by the crossword editor Professor Hugh Stephenson and various pronouncements over the years have given warnings to solvers of devices once deemed unacceptable, being brought into the fold in the name of progress. One that sticks in my mind was the acceptance of words like INDEED meaning IN DEED without any indication.
A few weeks ago a clue appeared in a Guardian crossword that caused some questions among solvers. 16-down reads: Type of fun guy reportedly got putting hand under jumpers as well (9)*. The definition is “Type of fun guy reportedly”, that actually has to be solved before the true definition is known. So, “fun guy reportedly” becomes “fungi” and the clue moves on from there. There’s a brief discussion about it on Derek Harrison’s Crossword Message Board. I think there’s so much wrong with this that I don’t know really where to start. The obvious one is the use of wordplay elements in the definition which requires the solver to work out the definition as part of solving. There’s lots of scope when in comes to the wordplay part of a clue, but for me, the definition is sacred. You can be as devious as you like with the definition, but you must still “say what you mean”, which isn’t what’s happening here. While this fanciful definition is sort of a well-known joke, it has its flaws when used in this context because the language is incorrect. Who says “type of trees” or “type of crosswords”? “fungi” is plural, “type” is singular and they are mismatched: surely it should be “Type of fungus”? On a more technical level, “fun guy” is pronounced in more than one way (“fun guy” and “fun ghee” at least), making the sounds-like equation an inaccurate one. I never use a sounds-like indicator where multiple possibilities of the pronunciation of the target word are involved as the effectiveness of the device isn’t guaranteed.
I realise that this kind of thing has been done here in what might be seen as an obvious way, but essentially what we have is two wordplays butted together. Is this acceptable? Maybe it’s the start of a brand new type of crossword.

*TOADSTOOL = L(eft) [hand] after (TOADS  TOO)

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 NEWSWORTHY
Why we snort when excited is interesting (10) Anagram of WHY WE SNORT
6 EVEN
Most of contest is neck and neck (4) (EVEN)T
10 TESTICLES
Examine ice containing large and small balls (9) TEST + (ICE outside L) + S
11 MARES
Soldiers dropping in horses (5) MARINES minus IN
12 CZECHS
People from Europe stated orders accepted by banks (6) Sounds like CHEQUES
13 FILTRATE
Document about recall of acid clarified matter (8) FILE outside (TART reversed)
14 SAFETY
Security, say, on duty around fete almost to the end (6) SAY outside (FET)E
16 SHEARING
Work on a farm investigation after closing of abattoirs (8) HEARING after ABATTOIR(S)
17 DORMANCY
Man caught spearing fish sleeping (8) (MAN + C) inside DORY
19 ADVENT
Commercial made by outlet is coming (6) AD + VENT
21 SEA SNAIL
Marine creature moving around is an odd-looking underwater mollusc (3,5) SEAL outside (anagram of IS AN)
22 FETTER
Cheese produced expressly for hamper (6) Sounds like FETTA
25 ALIEN
Foreign story checked by a newspaper’s head (5) LIE inside [A + (N)EWSPAPER]
26 SHIPSHAPE
Orderly has pipes repaired outside hospital (9) Anagram of PIPES HAS outside H
27 TWEE
Dainty post must be shortened (4) (TWEE)T
28 ENCOUNTERS
Meets unmarried men in front of bars? (10) (MEN minus M) + COUNTERS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 NOTICES
Vote against one in strange sect picks up (7) NO + (I inside anagram of SECT)
2 WASTE
Was core picked out of the rubbish? (5) WAS + (THE minus H)
3 WEIGHT TRAINING
Section containing rowing crew overturned craft in strenuous exercise (6,8) WING outside [EIGHT + (ART reversed) + IN]
4 ROLE
Part and parcel of control experiments (4) contROL Experiments
5 HASHISH
Drug mixture is starting to harden (7) HASH + IS + (H)ARDEN
7 VERSATILE
Relatives in a new marriage should be resourceful (9) Anagram of RELATIVES
8 NEST EGG
Pile of money gets brought up in part of film (4,3) GETS reversed inside NEG
9 SMITH AND WESSON
Hired worker in town misses crooked shooter (5,3,6) HAND inside anagram of TOWN MISSES
15 FORMATIVE
Moulding or floor covering carried by five (9) (OR + MAT) inside FIVE
16 SHY
Nervous cast (3) Double Definition
17 DISTANT
Reserved donor initially isn’t accepting thanks (7) (D)ONOR + (ISNT outside TA)
18 CAISSON
Ammunition chest is indeed encased in tin (7) (IS + SO) inside CAN
20 TARGETS
Lab animal, running backwards, achieves objectives (7) RAT reversed + GETS
23 TRACE
Mark left with time to fly (5) T + RACE
24 VINO
Alcohol is not contributing to dodgy vision (4) Anagram of VISION minus IS

 

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