The Stickler Weekly 203

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The Stickler Weekly 203 Clue Hints

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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.
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.

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 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 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.
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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 203 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 202 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RIPPED
Split and broken pipe found in middle of road (6) Anagram of PIPE inside RD
4 PAINTS
Colours are not included in extra information supplied by letter (6) AINT inside PS
8 COAST
Succeed with little effort when in bed (5) AS inside COT
9 HARANGUED
Hospital joining debate about an end to fund, is addressed forcefully (9) H + (ARGUE outside AN) + FUN(D)
11 VIETNAM
Country’s volcano involved in spirited activity (7) ETNA inside VIM
12 UNCTION
Divine grace shown by court in agreement (7) CT inside UNION
13 RANG
Called newspaper about abbreviated form of noun (4) RAG outside N
14 ABSENTEE
Missing person posted in a detailed complaint? (8) SENT inside [A + (BEE)F]
17 COMMANDO
Soldier with special skills, heading to NATO function? (8) COMMA + (N)ATO + DO
19 UP TO
Doing first part of unusual writer’s reading instructions (2,2) (U)NUSUAL + PTO
23 RAINING
Enclosure outside a home is coming down (7) RING outside (A + IN)
24 IGNORED
Section of design or editorial may be neglected (7) desIGN OR EDitorial
25 WHITEBAIT
Small swimmer fractured the tibia after final in NSW (9) Anagram of THE TIBIA after NS(W)
26 IRATE
Cross that is worn by traitor (5) IE outside RAT
27 TEXTAS
Sign that something’s wrong in a test troubled Australian markers (6) X inside anagram of A TEST
28 TEASES
Guys like breaking golf gear (6) AS inside TEES
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RECOVERY
Green greatly positioned after river’s improvement (8) (ECO + VERY) after R
2 PHASE IN
Gradually introduce phone, for instance, one used by the Germans (5,2) PH + AS + EIN
3 EXTEND
Add to reference book, except for the beginning and end (6) T(EXT) + END
4 PERCUSSIONISTS
Musicians suspect rosin is no good (14) Anagram of SUSPECT ROSIN IS
5 INNOCENT
Place to stay once relocated next to Augusta’s 6th green (8) INN + anagram of ONCE + AUGUS(T)A
6 TAURINE
A kidney excretion finalising temperature of a bull (7) (A + URINE) after T
7 CHAMPAGNE GLASS
Winner scrambled an egg with young girl’s flute, for example (9,5) CHAMP + anagram of AN EGG + LASS
10 DUNE
Build-up of sand is expected around the end of autumn (4) DUE outside AUTUM(N)
15 IMMINENT
I am not contracted after mine’s close (8) IM + (NT after MINE)
16 BOLDNESS
Supervisor holding large object over face (8) BOSS outside [L + (END reversed)]
18 ORIFICE
Mouth and ear infection treated without an ENT (7) Anagram of EAR INFECTION minus ENT
20 PERHAPS
Page ending with unusual phrase, possibly (7) P + anagram of PHRASE
21 GROW
Noise made by an angry dog curtailed progress? (4) (GROW)L
22 ON FIRE
A person hugging tree is enthusiastic (2,4) ONE outside FIR

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 202 – Behind The Scenes

There are a number of things involved in setting cryptic crosswords that only setters have to think about. Continue reading

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 18/11/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (11/11/2017) 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.

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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation 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.
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AFR Cryptic (11/11/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOME BASE
Plate moulded beam soaked in water (4,4) Anagram of BEAM inside HOSE
5 CHURNS
Contents of church urn slowly boils (6) churCH URN Slowly boils
9 COSMETIC SURGEON
Sudden increase in irregular income cost beautician (8,7) SURGE inside anagram of INCOME COST
11 SERPENTINE
Series writer concluding with point that’s meandering (10) SER + PEN + TINE
12 WEEP
Go to the bathroom quietly and cry (4) WEE + P
14 WHISTLED
Game influenced what a referee did at full-time (8) WHIST + LED
16 LEFTIE
Sinister person that is following made tracks (6) IE after LEFT
18 CURSOR
Dog kind – tailless pointer? (6) CUR + (SOR)T
19 HEATED UP
The man ate mashed pud hot (6,2) HE + ATE + anagram of PUD
22 LEGO
Building blocks, for example, located in middle of plot (4) EG inside P(LO)T
23 LEGITIMATE
Run away with one friend for real (10) LEG IT + I + MATE
26 ENTREPRENEURIAL
Distracted, inept learner rues not finishing business (15) Anagram of (INEPT LEARNER RUE)S
27 ELDERS
They could be quite old trees (6) Double Definition
28 FREE REIN
Interfere with arrangement, losing time for liberty (4,4) Anagram of INTERFERE minus T
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HACKSAW
Computer crime was picked up with a divisive tool (7) HACK + (WAS reversed)
2 MISER
Seminar organised without an individual who’s careful with money (5) Anagram of SEMINAR minus AN
3 BY-ELECTION
Vote is to be nicely distributed (2-8) Anagram of TO BE NICELY
4 SHIFT KEY
One’s typically put under pressure to raise capital? (5,3) Cryptic Definition
6 HURT
Opening of rocket inside military shelter caused damage (4) (R)OCKET inside HUT
7 RE-ELECTED
Displayed shock about head of equity court given another term (2-7) REELED outside [(E)QUITY + CT]
8 SYNAPSE
Sane spy tangled with nervous connection (7) Anagram of SANE SPY
10 SINK
Go under rapids in kayak for some distance (4) rapisS IN Kayak
13 CENTRIFUGE
Cut finger badly on back of the separator (10) Anagram of CUT FINGER + TH(E)
15 IRRIGATED
Doctor arrested by very angry detective is supplied with water (9) RIG inside IRATE + D
17 BEGINNER
Novice’s brew containing alcohol? Not initially (8) BEER outside [GIN + (N)OT]
18 COLLEGE
School section in Coles reduced by 20% (7) LEG inside (COLE)S
20 PREPLAN
Public relations panel ordered to make arrangements early (7) PR + anagram of PANEL
21 WEAR
Put on a tactical manoeuvre at sea (4) Double Definition
24 ABIDE
Accept a proposal offered by leader of employees (5) A + BID + (E)MPLOYEES
25 DEER
Hunted animals rush around (4) REED reversed

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The Stickler Weekly 202

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The Stickler Weekly 202 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.



8-across

9-across

11-across

14-across

17-across


23-across


25-across

26-across

27-across

28-across

1-down

2-down

3-down

6-down

7-down

15-down

16-down


21-down


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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 202 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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