AFR Cryptic, Saturday 25/9/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (18/9/2021) Worked Solution

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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 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.
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.

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 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 position of wordplay elements in the answer.

Examples: before, after, leading, in the middle of, under (down only) 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 a mixing-up of letters.

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

The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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AFR Cryptic (18/9/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOPRANO
Singer, for example, not included in remastered opera song (7) Anagram of OPERA SONG minus EG
5 BUSHIE
Coach that is following hard outback worker (6) BUS + (IE after H)
9 ROBOT
Factory worker, perhaps, born inside base (5) B inside ROOT
10 PAGEANTRY
Display part of a book, an essay (9) PAGE + AN + TRY
11 EMISSARY
Agent’s failure recognised after the first quarter of poor year (8) MISS inside anagram of YEAR
12 TERROR
Fear mistake coming from tee (6) ERROR after T
13 POTS
Bar sent back containers of beer (4) STOP reversed
14 ONCE AGAIN
Ocean battered land not for the first time (4,5) Anagram of OCEAN + GAIN
17 PLACEMENT
Political group recalled bond distribution (9) ALP reversed + CEMENT
18 MISS
Notice the absence of a schoolteacher (4) Double Defnition
20 LASTED
Young man, consuming large amount of stew, carried on (6) LAD outside (STE)w
21 RATIONAL
Clear-headed one arranged loan after reduction of rate (8) (I + anagram of LOAN) after (RAT)e
24 CLOSENESS
Friendship seen for a change in competitor’s first defeat (9) Anagram of SEEN inside [(C)ompetitor + LOSS]
25 DALLY
Detective and associate hang about (5) D + ALLY
26 STATUS
Pieces owned by artist, a Tuscan with standing (6) artiST A TUScan
27 STRAYER
One who heads off course right, on board a tireless horse (7) R inside STAYER
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SURGE
Specialist doctor missing out on a significant increase (5) SURGEON minus ON
2 PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Strip club patron organised people mover (6,9) Anagram of STRIP CLUB PATRON
3 ATTEST
Manifest damaged state government ultimately (6) Anagram of STATE + governmen(T)
4 ON PURPOSE
Spooner, twisting around in an excited state, rolled over intentionally (2,7) Anagram of SPOONER outside (UP reversed)
5 BAGS
Claim as one’s right luggage (4) Double Defnition
6 SPACEMAN
High flyer came unstuck in bridge (8) Anagrma of CAME inside SPAN
7 INTERNATIONALLY
Throughout the world and locally taking action with carbon emission (15) INTERNALLY outside A(c)TION
8 HYDRANTS
Doctor living in shanty developed main sources of water (8) DR inside anagram of SHANTY
13 POPULACE
People generally crack a clue badly written (8) POP + anagram of A CLUE
15 CATHARSIS
Purification is ending at hospital inside machines (9) IS after [(AT + H) inside CARS]
16 VEHEMENT
Strong, virile fellows restrained by beastly doctor (8) HE-MEN inside VET
19 BINDER
Red pen scrawled over cover for loose papers (6) (RED + NIB) reversed
22 LAYER
Lawyer giving up, was lacking, for instance, cover (5) LAWYER minus (WAS minus AS)
23 MESS
Superstar football player losing out on final spot (4) MESS(i)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 18/9/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (11/9/2021) Worked Solution

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

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

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

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

The 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 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 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 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 pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The 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 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 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 (11/9/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BESTOWAL
Leading person with a solemn character read about a presentation (8) (BEST + OWL) outside A
5 TRIBAL
Blood group found in test related to people of common descent (6) B inside TRIAL
10 CREATOR
Wacky racer going around to person responsible for invention (7) Anagram of RACER outside TO
11 ADAMANT
Man used in commercial at firm (7) MAN inside (AD + AT)
12 STRUCK OUT
Rugby gathering, tucking into beer, didn’t do well (6,3) RUCK inside STOUT
13 TESTS
Ball passing one’s experiments (5) TESTIS minus I
14 ANEW
Residents of Brisbane whinged once again? (4) brisbANE Whinged
16 DEACONRY
Fraud embraced by darling group of churchmen (8) CON inside DEARY
19 BURSITIS
Back massage given by model is a problem for joint (8) RUB reversed + SIT + IS
20 FETE
Holiday time included in payment (4) T inside FEE
23 PLACE
Recognise soft network (5) P + LACE
24 ON ONE’S PAT
Something not done: rewinding damaged tapes apart from others (2,4,3) NO-NO reversed + anagram of TAPES
26 ADIPOSE
A savoury mixture served with oyster oddly is fatty (7) A + DIP + (O)y(S)t(E)r
27 TESTATE
Last to depart property, having made and left a valid will (7) depar(T) + ESTATE
28 GREEDY
Hungry horse devouring half of feed (6) GREY outside fe(ED)
29 TRINIDAD
Island group of three holding back on vaccination passport, say (8) TRIAD outside [vaccinatio(N) + ID]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BACK SEAT
A creek’s passing through path in an inferior place (4,4) (A + CKS) inside BEAT
2 SWEAR
Utter profanities as we are out of bounds (5) (a)S WE AR(e)
3 ON TICK
Stocking filler ordered using credit? (2,4) Anagram of s(TOCKIN)g
4 AIR-CONDITIONER
Climate change control indicator developed by one in iridium (3-11) Anagram of INDICATOR + (ONE inside IR)
6 REACTION
Oxygen needed in changing certain laboratory process (8) O inside anagram of CERTAIN
7 BRASSERIE
Consumers make use of this underwear series to a great extent (9) BRAS + (SERIE)s
8 LATEST
Current play at the centre to try (6) p(LA)y + TEST
9 CAR TRANSPORTER
Vehicle mover ran into vehicle’s attendant (3,11) RAN inside (CARTS + PORTER)
15 EDUCATIVE
Reconstruction of viaduct in middle of week should be improving (9) Anagram of VIADUCT inside w(EE)k
17 ASTEROID
A bodybuilder resembling a star (8) A + STERIOD
18 HEAT BEAD
Fuel at sides of barbecue needed in front (4,4) [AT + (B)arbecu(E)] inside HEAD
21 SPRANG
Leapt from sedan’s front-end collision (6) (S)edan + PRANG
22 GETS ON
Edge of grinding stone ruined boards (4,2) (G)rinding + anagram of STONE
25 PLAID
Patterned material put under pressure (5) LAID after P

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 11/9/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (4/9/2021) 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.
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.
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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (4/9/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CONFIT
Rip off prepared meat cooked in its own fat (6) CON + FIT
5 FAST
Don’t eat in a hurry (4) Double Defnition
9 APACE
Manager’s helper engaged by expert quickly (5) PA inside ACE
10 SCREENING
Carbon absorption achieved by unconventional Greens in broadcast (9) C inside anagram of GREENS IN
13 GATHERS
Formation of earth dumped in vacated grounds piles up? (7) Anagram of EARTH inside G(round)S
14 DIGITAL
Really like it all, mostly displaying numbers (7) DIG + IT + (AL)l
15 TARN
River feeding into brown mountain lake (4) R inside TAN
16 HENCEFORTH
The French worried about love in the future (10) Anagram of THE FRENCH outside O
19 CANBERRANS
Some of us can go astray in stoppages (10) CAN + (ERR inside BANS)
20 BIAS
Unfairness one detected in a form of tax (4) I inside BAS
23 TURKEYS
Fools change abridged clues (7) (TUR)n + KEYS
25 LIAISON
Contact international club member about government-funded sporting facility (7) LION outside AIS
26 HAM-FISTED
Bungling married female is implicated in wrongful death (3-6) (M + F + IS) inside anagram of DEATH
28 STOVE
Series assembled in: oast, oven, …? (5) oaST OVEn
29 DICE
Cut up diamonds and more diamonds (4) D + ICE
30 PASTRY
Father is shortly to sample something from the cake shop (6) PAS + TRY
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 OPENER
A key, maybe, is taken away from drunken pioneers (6) Anagram of PIONEERS minus IS
3 FISH SPEAR
Ships at sea captured by suspect hunter’s weapon (4,5) Anagram of SHIPS inside FEAR
4 TIRED
Weary Dunlop, as an example, reportedly died (5) Sounds like TYRE + D
5 FREE GIFT
Present, for example, one fellow covered in interlaced design (4,4) (EG + I + F) inside FRET
6 TIN
Large amount of colour roofing material (3) (TIN)t
7 TARGET
Deserter recalled to achieve objective (6) RAT reversed + GET
8 BATTERING RAM
Heavy hitter, one leaving Great Britain, relocated millions (9,3) Anagram of GREAT BRITAIN minus I + M
11 INTERMISSION
New minister is against break (12) Anagrma of MINISTER IS + ON
12 GALAH
Clown festival had passed without notice (5) GALA + (HAD minus AD)
17 CONCLUDES
Determines method ultimately employed in trick clues (9) metho(D) inside (CON + CLUES)
18 VEGEMITE
Spread vegetables and throw out last of manure (8) VEG + EMIT + manur(E)
19 CATCH
Understand reimagined site not embraced by catechist (5) Anagram of CATECHIST minus SITE
21 SINGED
Flawed design is affected by heat (6) Anagram of DESIGN
22 RAISER
Lifter is restricted by back bending the wrong way (6) IS inside (REAR reversed)
24 SET UP
Found ute backed into empty shop? (3,2) UTE reversed inside S(ho)P
27 AID
Support a form of identification (3) A + ID

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 4/9/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (28/8/2021) 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.
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.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
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.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

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

The entire answer 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 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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (28/8/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PATHS
Courses at high school started by head of psychology (5) (AT + HS) after (P)sychology
4 CROSSWORD
Line drawn around empty squares in sequence – puzzling thing? (9) CORD outside [(S)quare(S) in ROW]
9 CHAGRIN
Talk greatly expressed feeling and annoyance (7) (CHA)t + GRIN
10 ABUSERS
They don’t say nice things about losing out with employers (7) (ABOUT minus OUT) + USERS
11 SOMETHING ELSE
An exceptional person’s pivotal point in lot seems out of place (9,4) HINGE inside anagram of LOT SEEMS
14 PEAK
Summit talks boycotted by leaders of Sudan and Syria (4) SPEAKS minus (S)udan and (S)yria
15 VICTORIANS
Southerners – six – relocated to Cairns (10) VI + anagram of TO CAIRNS
18 OPEN LETTER
Ring writer with landlord’s public message (4,6) O + PEN + LETTER
19 LEAN
Bony heel (4) Double Definition
21 SIT ON THE FENCE
Tangrams originally described in translated Chinese often to avoid conflict (3,2,3,5) (T)angrams inside anagram of CHINESE OFTEN
24 LEADERS
Directors rewound small roll of film containing commercial (7) (S + REEL) reversed outside AD
26 ROUTINE
Way left open to retain batting order (7) ROUTE outside IN
27 SEMESTERS
Wise men, securing millions, established academic terms (9) SEERS outside (M + EST)
28 TODAY
Small dog biting dad briefly is right now (5) TOY outside (DA)d
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PACE
Pressure applied with great speed (4) P + ACE
2 TRANSPARENT
Frank extended pole inside tent (11) (RAN + SPAR) inside TENT
3 SCRIMP
Restrict introduction of short wave (6) (S)hort + CRIMP
4 CONSTRICT
Agitated croc isn’t taking time to squeeze (9) Anagram of CROC ISNT outside T
5 OKAPI
Right, a pig with no tail is a strange-looking animal? (5) OK + A + (PI)g
6 SLUGGARD
Drone shot trail on the way up (8) SLUG + (DRAG reversed)
7 ODE
Creative work is outstanding according to audience (3) Sounds like OWED
8 DISPERSING
Camouflaged snipers, hiding in quarry, should be spreading out (10) Anagram of SNIPERS inside DIG
12 LEAVE BEHIND
I behave badly, consumed by loan’s neglect (5,6) Anagram of I BEHAVE inside LEND
13 EPSOM SALTS
Toss sample mixed with purgative medicine (5,5) Anagram of TOSS SAMPLE
16 TREE FERNS
Bank covered in sea-birds and tropical plants (4,5) REEF inside TERNS
17 BLENDERS
Bank’s primary creditors – they always mix things up (8) (B)ank + LENDERS
20 INSULT
Put down entry retained by Collins ultimately (6) collINS ULTimately
22 HASTE
Expedition features team reduced by half (5) HAS + TE(am)
23 DENY
Refuse in animal’s lair, especially at the back (4) DEN + especiall(Y)
25 AIM
Plan a time with no limitations? (3) A + (t)IM(e)

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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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