The Stickler Weekly 231

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The Stickler Weekly 231 Clue Hints

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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 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 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.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The 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 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.
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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 231 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 230 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STARTING POINT
Major can race it on redeveloped base (8,5) STAR + TIN + GP + anagram of IT ON
9 TITANIC
Sunken vessel is intact strangely, apart from bow of ship (7) Anagram of IS INTACT minus (S)HIP
10 SOLOMON
Unaccompanied monk losing support of king, a wise man (7) SOLO + (MONK minus K)
11 LOOSE
Promiscuous ladies, say, curtailed sex (5) LOO + (SE)X
12 OVERTHROW
Crush resistance in obvious manner (9) R inside (OVERT + HOW)
13 DIAGNOSE
Prod proboscis pierced by a pinpoint (8) (DIG + NOSE) outside A
15 CAMPER
Recreational vehicle arrived, taking parking next to river (6) CAME outside P + R
18 PATINA
Bit of butter in a shallow Roman pan (6) PAT + IN + A
19 COVETOUS
Small bay, in our opinion, is wanting (8) COVE + TO US
22 WENT AHEAD
We disrupted heat and took the lead (4,5) We + anagram of HEAT AND
24 ACUTE
A copper tube hollowed out is sharp? (5) A + CU + T(ub)E
25 RETREAT
Go back to doctor again (7) Double Definition
26 NIT-PICK
Be unduly critical returning metal tool (3-4) TIN reversed + PICK
27 SILENT PARTNER
Passive investor, loaned a standard amount in rent, is given backing (6,7) (LENT + PAR) inside [(RENT IS) reversed]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SETTLED
Test requiring a rewrite was first worked out (7) Anagram of TEST + LED
2 ASTRONAUT
One relocated to Saturn? (9) A + anagram of TO SATURN
3 TENSE
A character ejected from unruly Senate is unable to relax (5) Anagram of SENATE minus A
4 NECROPSY
Treatment of corpse in main mortuary ultimately? (8) Anagram of CORPSE inside [MAI(N) + MORTUAR(Y)]
5 PISCES
Sign reformed members of Spice Girls at the end (6) Anagram of SPICE + GIRL(S)
6 ILL AT EASE
Strange guy found behind villa with head cut off (3,2,4) TEASE after V(ILLA)
7 TIMER
Clock-watcher’s area of responsibility in recession (5) REMIT reversed
8 ANSWER
A cross-section of Australians were solvent (6) australiANS WERe
14 NONPAREIL
Nothing limiting about clip is unique (9) NIL outside (ON + PARE)
16 PROFUSION
Abundance of uranium stored in refurbished prison (9) (OF + U) inside anagram of PRISON
17 COLD SNAP
Old vessels tied up following onset of cyclonic period of wintry weather (4,4) [OLD + (PANS) reversed] after (C)YCLONIC
18 POWERS
Influential authorities pressure those in debt? (6) P + OWERS
20 SPEAKER
Orator came away from peacemakers confused (7) Anagram of PEACEMAKERS minus CAME
21 NEWTON
Scientist not familiar with nitrogen? (6) NEW TO + N
23 NATES
Bum had a meal served in tin sent back (5) ATE inside (SN reversed)
24 ALTER
Modify components in general terms (5) generAL TERms

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 230

The next two Wednesdays will see a couple of original Sticklers appearing instead of The Stickler Weeklys. This will give me a short break to get a couple of important things done.
It was with some trepidation that I opened the crossword files in the Daily Telegraph (DT) folder labelled ds3023 and ds3024. The last time these crosswords were accessed is listed in my DT book as 19/11/2007. Back then I sent a week’s worth of Sticklers the Monday before the week they were published, and these two crosswords were published on the 30/11/2007 and 1/12/2007 respectively. The process involved checking over the next week’s crosswords before the final publishing files were created and sent to the paper. They had been written and initially checked 6 weeks before, so the break before the final sending was enough time for me to “forget” what I’d done and allow for an independent re-checking of sorts. After all, I had written almost 1000 clues in-between. They say you should never check your own work, but I think it’s OK if you can’t remember what you’ve done.
These two (and thousands like them) have sat dormant on successive computers, having done their job at the time. They were never syndicated or put together in crossword collections – just used that once. So when I decided to revisit a couple to cover The Stickler Weekly‘s absence for a short time, I was a little nervous about what I would find. I had been through this before when I put the Stickler Boxed Set together, which gathered crosswords from 2004, but somehow this felt different. How much difference had three years made? How similiar are ds3023 and ds3024 to the crosswords I set today? We are talking about a different type of crossword, as those written today are international and weekly, but fundamentally they should be the same, shouldn’t they?
I’m pleased to say that I have been rather buoyed by revisiting these crosswords – they were done at lightning speed and as part of a huge body of work that continually drained the creative juices, yet I think they still stand up.

I’m sure you’ll tell me if they don’t.

Look out for them in coming weeks.

The Stickler

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 16/6/2018, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (9/6/2018) 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 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 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.

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 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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (9/6/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TEASED
Dinner parties given by senior journalist wound up (6) TEAS + ED
5 FIRST UP
Trees put about initially (5,2) FIRS + (PUT reversed)
10 INCENTIVE SCHEME
Even nice chemist maligned a rewards system based on performance (9,6) Anagram of EVEN NICE CHEMIST
11 BIASED
One, when in bed, is on one side (6) (I + AS) inside BED
12 CHICKENS
Crook’s head and his neck oddly frightened people (8) (C)ROOK + anagram of HIS NECK
14 NAGS
They bother horses (4) Double Definition
15 CALL CENTRE
All money collected by crew, mostly for development of customer service (4,6) (ALL + CENT) inside (CRE)W
18 MODERNISED
Synthesised form of endoderm is brought up to date (10) Anagram of ENDODERM IS
19 MACS
Fraud retrieved computer equipment (4) SCAM reversed
22 RIFLEMAN
Shooter’s file falsified by leader of many in service (8) [Anagram of FILE + (M)ANY] inside RAN
24 HAWSER
Large, heavy rope, roughened in the middle, wears badly (6) ROUG(H)ENED + anagram of WEARS
26 ANABOLIC STEROID
One employed in lab coordinates reformed body-builder (8,7) I inside anagram of LAB COORDINATES
27 TIDY SUM
Is duty, misplaced by Mark, a substantial amount of money? (4,3) Anagram of IS DUTY + M
28 DONUTS
Prepare bananas with small round cakes (6) DO + NUTS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 EXCHANGED
Former head of company executed and replaced (9) EX + (C)OMPANY + HANGED
3 SANDER
Tradesman’s tool writes and erases to some degree (6) writeS AND ERases
4 DO IN
Murder, one committed in the presence of mafia boss (2,2) I inside DON
5 FREEHOLDER
Female relocated here with senior property owner (10) F + anagram of HERE + OLDER
6 RECYCLED
Salvaged bike painted in a light colour? (8) CYCLE inside RED
7 THEBE
The “live” satellite of Jupiter (5) THE + BE
8 PRESSIE
Printer that is a gift (7) PRESS + IE
9 RIBBON
Strip bone – trimmed bone (6) RIB + (BON)E
13 CAPITALISM
Free enterprise may be better as limit changed (10) CAP + anagram of AS LIMIT
16 TEAM SPORT
Drunken mates left cricket, for example (4,5) Anagram of MATES + PORT
17 GRIEVOUS
Verse penned by deviant rogue is atrocious (8) V inside anagram of ROGUE IS
18 MORDANT
Caustic drug’s first swallowed by matron out of control (7) (D)RUG inside anagram of MATRON
20 STRODE
Walked from street then used a motorbike (6) ST + RODE
21 CAME ON
Small role in a play, with some direction, developed (4,2) CAMEO + N(orth)
23 FRAUD
Impostor married German woman and died (5) FRAU + D
25 USED
Upsurge in trade surplus should be exploited? (4) traDE SUrplus

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The Stickler Weekly 230

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The Stickler Weekly 230 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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


1-across


12-across

13-across

15-across

19-across

24-across


27-across

2-down


4-down

5-down

6-down


8-down

14-down


17-down


21-down


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) 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 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 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 where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

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 where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

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 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.
A word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

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

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

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

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.

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The Stickler Weekly 230 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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