AFR Cryptic, Saturday 20/2/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (13/2/2021) 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.

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 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 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.
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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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AFR Cryptic (13/2/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CONTRADICTION
Denial made by cheat caught in customs (13) CON + (C inside TRADITION)
9 TERRAIN
Land turtle giving up quietly (7) TERRAPIN minus P
10 BREAKER
White horse runs in Cup (7) R inside BEAKER
11 EBONY
End piece of durable, thin hardwood (5) durabl(E) + BONY
12 TEA GARDEN
A great redeveloped place to study open service provider (3,6) Anagram of A GREAT + DEN
13 SLIPSHOD
Old ships at sea all over the place (8) Anagram of OLD SHIPS
15 AT EASE
A provocative person in a relaxed frame of mind (2,4) A + TEASE
18 BOGGLE
Swampy area next to glen cut off game (6) BOG + (GLE)n
19 PLAYROOM
Put jumper in prime minister’s place with minor activity (8) (LAY + ROO) inside PM
22 AUSTRALIA
A country trail destroyed by half an island community (9) A + US + anagram of TRAIL + (A)n
24 CHOIR
Paper announced singing group (5) Sounds like QUIRE
25 DEAREST
E-trades, handled wrongly, can be most expensive (7) Anagram of ETRADES
26 WHITISH
Milky batter is accepted by who mostly? (7) (HIT + IS) inside (WH)o
27 HOLIDAYMAKERS
Tourists hassled idol involved in big hits (13) Anagram of IDOL inside HAYMAKERS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUTTERS
Craft’s state detailed in case in an odd way (7) UTTER inside (C)a(S)e
2 NARROWING
Constipation upset service personnel taking part in dispute (9) RAN reversed + ROWING
3 READY
Study close to entry fit for immediate use (5) READ + entr(Y)
4 DONATION
Offering to take on a lot of people (8) DO + NATION
5 COBRAS
Company, hasty, almost completed high-flying manoeuvres (6) CO + (BRAS)h
6 INEXACTLY
Tax nicely adjusted in an imprecise way (9) Anagram of TAX NICELY
7 NAKED
Twisted and turned without head exposed (5) (s)NAKED
8 CRINGE
Group tucked into last two pieces of nice quail (6) RING inside ni(CE)
14 SOLAR CELL
In due course, caller ordered large energy converter (5,4) SO + anagram of CALLER + L
16 APOLOGISE
A diary is penned by Poe to express regret (9) A + [(LOG + IS) inside POE]
17 CLEARWAY
Sort of wear apparent in wet dirt road that’s open (8) Anagram of WEAR inside CLAY
18 BRANDY
Band’s No. 1 aroused spirit (6) (B)and + RANDY
20 MARCHES
Walks in border district (7) Double Definition
21 ELATED
Residents of hotel ate dinner in high spirits? (6) hotEL ATE Dinner
23 SLASH
Long cut left in waistband (5) L inside SASH
24 CHINA
Our mate’s leaving troubled South American country (5) Anagram of SOUTH AMERICAN minus OUR MATES

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 13/2/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (6/2/2021) 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 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 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 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 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 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.
The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.

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AFR Cryptic (6/2/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DAMES
People entitled to block “Investor’s Centre” (5) DAM + inv(ES)tor
4 SPEARMAN
Small orchardist’s sticker? (8) S + PEARMAN
10 SIGNATORY
One who endorses an American soldier recalled in report (9) (AN + GI) reversed inside STORY
11 ELDER
Crooked dealer paying no attention to a senior (5) Anagram of DEALER minus A
12 ILL-STARRED
Unlucky trader is hassled about end of deal repeatedly (3-7) Anagram of TRADER IS outside [dea(L) twice]
13 VISA
Travel document is recognised in heart of Slovakia (4) IS inside slo(VA)kia
15 CHAINED
Restrained tea room that’s cosy in retreat (7) CHAI + (DEN reversed)
16 THEBAN
The outlaw is an old Greek (6) THE + BAN
18 PIQUET
Player’s lead transformed quiet card game (6) (P)layer + anagram of QUIET
20 CHOPS UP
Divides beer ingredient in small container (5,2) HOPS inside CUP
22 ONCE
Part of initiation ceremony in the past (4) initiatiON CEremony
23 SPLATTERED
Special coffee, a light colour, is thrown out? (10) SP + LATTE + RED
25 SPOOL
Bobbin coils around (5) LOOPS reversed
26 INSTALLER
It loads bins higher after breaking initially (9) (b)INS + TALLER
27 MEDIATED
Acted as a referee is heartless on drugs? (8) MEDI(c)ATED
28 DRAWL
Speak slowly with minor about life primarily (5) WARD reversed + (L)ife
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DISTINCT
Marked disc containing metal tube at the front (8) DISC outside TIN + (T)ube
2 MAGELLANIC CLOUD
Heavenly entity came calling in a drunken state, making lots of noise (10,5) Anagram of CAME CALLING + LOUD
3 STARTING UP
Leading, worthless dog, rolling over and rising suddenly (8,2) STAR + TIN + (PUG reversed)
5 PAYMENT
Reward leader of youth workers involved in minor strike (7) [(Y)outh + MEN] inside PAT
6 APEX
Power used by former partner after a summit (4) (P + EX) after A
7 MADE IN AUSTRALIA
Angry Italian user maligned a local product endorsement (4,2,9) MAD + anagram of ITALIAN USER + A
8 NORMAN
Standard set by an old Frenchman (6) NORM + AN
9 SOARED
As reported, a bottle of wine increased in price sharply (6) SO + A + RED
14 REPORT CARD
Assessment is left by coach written in red (6,4) (PORT + CAR) inside RED
17 EPIDURAL
Number that may be employed for delivery? (8) Cryptic Definition
19 TOPSIDE
Movement restricting operations should be cut (7) TIDE outside OPS
20 CLASSY
Posh girl settled in city’s outskirts (6) LASS inside (C)it(Y)
21 POSSUM
Australian native’s post largely linked to problem at school (6) (POS)t + SUM
24 ULNA
Last two-thirds of manual redefined a section of framework (4) Anagram of ma(NUAL)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 6/2/2021, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (30/1/2021) Worked Solution

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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.

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 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 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 the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

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

There is only one part to this clue, a definition, and it's usually a play on words. There aren't any indicators.
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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AFR Cryptic (30/1/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DELIBERATE
Measured food store blast (10) DELI + BERATE
6 SPIN
European country quelling a revolution (4) SPAIN minus A
9 BASEL
Settlement established by large part of Switzerland (5) BASE + L
10 MAELSTROM
State of confusion left in company of great performer with millions (9) L inside MAESTRO + M
12 ESOTERIC
Large amount of unnatural secretion is hidden (8) Anagram of (SECRETIO)n
13 MALIGN
Abuse man holding girl back with no right (6) MAN outside (GIRL reversed mnius R)
15 MENDED
Broken mover is repaired? (6) M + ENDED
16 ASININE
A serious offence committed in middle of theft is foolish (7) A + SIN + IN + th(E)ft
18 END
A number of aldermen defended resolution (3) aldermEN Defended
19 CORONER
One who looks at passing or one switching with a passenger in car? (7) (OR + ONE) replacing A in CAR
21 KINDER
Learning centre for young children could be more thoughtful (6) Double Definition
24 UNTIED
Insecure relative, losing head, died (6) (a)UNTIE + D
25 STRANGLE
Learner pushed in foreign choke (8) L inside STRANGE
27 TRANSPOSE
Change position of senators upset about opening of parliament (9) Anagram of SENATORS outside (P)arliament
28 TRAIL
Time to attack or hang back (5) T + RAIL
29 DIET
Break down therapist’s primary selection of food (4) DIE + (T)herapist
30 AT A STRETCH
Crates that moved about continuously (2,1,7) Anagram of CRATES THAT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DABBED
Criminal running around base is slightly touched (6) BAD reversed + BED
2 LISSOME
Flexible schedule seen briefly by few (7) LIS(t) + SOME
3 BALLET DANCERS
Members of company, all in bed, can rest undergoing treatment (6,7) ALL inside anagram of BED CAN REST
4 REMAINDERS
Wine knocked back in dodgy seminar with leftovers (10) RED reversed inside anagram of SEMINAR
5 TREE
Hospital removed from a small number a large growth (4) THREE minus H
7 PORCINI
Forest growth of pigs almost identified by one (7) (PORCIN)e + I
8 NOMINEES
Votes against admitting explosive candidates (8) NOES outside MINE
11 STATIONMASTER
Railway worker adjusted to steam trains (13) Anagram of TO STEAM TRAINS
14 HAD KITTENS
Equipment wired into redesigned handset was alarmed (3,7) KIT inside anagram of HANDSET
17 ACTUATED
Motivated peak body knocked back head of delegation (8) ACTU + anagram of
20 RAT RACE
Creative work held up by people’s hectic routine (3,4) ART reversed inside RACE
22 ENGRAFT
English river transport is securely set (7) ENG + RAFT
23 HEALTH
Low-growing shrub spread across large state (6) HEATH outside L
26 BOOT
Put the frighteners on tense baggage handler (4) BOO + T

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 30/1/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (OzDay Special 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 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.

The answer is a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and 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 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.

Part or all of the answer is found by replacing a section in a word (or its synonym) with a word (or its synonym), letters, or letter. An appropriate indicator like "for a", replacing, switching etc 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.
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.

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.
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 (OzDay Special 2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 EVICT
A number of these Victorians may be put out (5) thesE VICTorians
4 DUST COVER
Damaged ducts closed with protective jacket (4,5) Anagram of DUCTS + OVER
9 GODOWNS
Influential person has possession of Indian warehouses (7) GOD + OWNS
13 REHEARSAL
Judges taking part in actual trial (9) HEARS inside REAL
14 TITHING
It backed event giving to the church (7) IT reversed + THING
15 EGRET
Bird got originally identified in gnarled tree (5) (G) inside anagram of TREE
16 PUBS
Hotels may be first to promote one sort of bus (4) (P)romote + anagram of BUS
17 CONVICTION
Trick state into wrong judgement (10) CON + VIC + anagram of INTO
18 WESTERN
Film restoration of NSW tree (7) Anagram of NSW TREE
20 ATTAIN
Get at one dressed in brown (6) AT + (I inside TAN)
21 AT HEEL
Athlete, losing time, manoeuvred close behind (2,4) Anagram of ATHLETE minus T
22 GETS ABOUT
Metabolic disease, restricting wild beast, spreads extensively (4,5) GOUT outside anagram of BEAST
23 SANITISE
Clean contaminated site in South Australia at the start (8) Anagram of SITE IN after SA
25 PLACED
Located quarter of a pint spiked with alcohol (6) (P)int + LACED
27 ASKING
Demanding state recalled one with great authority (6) SA reversed + KING
32 UNSYMPATHETIC
Indifferent ethics put many in a bad state (13) Anagram of ETHICS PUT MANY
34 QUADRELLA
A QLD rule broken by a punter’s choice, perhaps (9) Anagram of A QLD RULE + A
35 BRUNSWICK
Part of Melbourne’s tertiary institution constructed in hard material (9) UNSW inside BRICK
37 EXCHANGE BLOWS
Fight when cables go the wrong way around spot marker (8,5) Anagram of WHEN CABLES GO outside X
39 NICADS
Poles separated by volatile acid in batteries (6) Anagram of ACID inside (N + S)
40 SISKIN
Yellowish-green Eurasian finch is shown in film (6) IS inside SKIN
42 MENSWEAR
Store located in awesome NSW, earmarked a clothing supplier (8) awesoME NSW EARmarked
46 RUNNERS-UP
Losers, just non-pros, unsure about giving up soon (7-2) Anagram of NONPROS UNSURE minus SOON
48 ENTITY
Area in Katherine, NT – it yielded real nature (6) katherinE NT IT Yielded
50 RUMPUS
A disturbance behind us (6) RUMP + US
52 LACTATE
Produce milk that’s fresh outside ACT (7) LATE outside ACT
53 DELINQUENT
Lawbreaking teen in QLD wandering around university (10) Anagram of TEEN IN QLD outside U
54 WONT
Practice in Tamworth’s centre, part of Australia (4) tam(WO)rth + NT
56 IN ONE
Combined iodine with excited particles of neon (2,3) I + anagram of NEON
57 SQUALID
Wretched QLD Aussies relocated without using SES (7) Anagram of QLD AUSSIES minus SES
58 MEANS WELL
Part of Australia, surrounded by mallee, strangely has good intentions (5,4) NSW inside anagram of MALLEE
59 DISUSED
Issue, poorly handled by two detectives, may be neglected (7) Anagram of ISSUE inside (D + D)
60 SEEING RED
Angry green is upset with head of newspaper (6,3) Anagram of GREEN IS + ED
61 SITED
Located and circulated acid test inside borders of ACT (5) Anagram of ac(ID TES)t
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 EUROPEANS
Rope one in to prosecute returning continental people (9) (ROPE + AN) inside (SUE reversed)
2 INHABITANTS
Residents in features filming segment – a part of Australia (11) IN + [HAS outside (BIT + A + NT)]
3 TRAP
Catch role played by an actor in retirement (4) PART reversed
4 DESPOT
Tyrant, reformed, steps down without support of NSW (6) Anagram of STEPS DOWN minus NSW
5 SALIVATE
Prepare to consume one large container of wine offered in market (8) (I + VAT) inside SALE
6 CUTICLE
Dead skin penetrated by rotten lice (7) CUT + anagram of LICE
7 VITRIOLIC
Threesome left one in Victoria expressing intense ill-will (9) (TRO + L + I) inside VIC
8 REIGN
Control distribution of catering except for ACT (5) Anagram of CATERING minus ACT
9 GIGAWATT
Performance by a state government finally doubled power unit (8) GIG + A + WA + [governmen(T) x 2]
10 DEEP-SEA
Type of fishing knife ultimately, in a rush, picked up (4-3) knif(E) inside [(A + SPEED) reversed]
11 WAR MEMORIAL
Friendly Rome erected one – a large monument to the fallen (3,8) WARM + ROME reversed + I + A + L
12 SATINET
Tasmania set up one to capture fine material (7) TAS reversed + I + NET
19 VICTIMISED
Persecuted state is, in time, defeated at the front (10) VIC + (IS inside TIME) + (D)efeated
22 GOD SQUAD
Evangelical Christians follow around small person with at least three siblings (3,5) DOG reversed + S + QUAD
24 STASIS
Second state of Australia is an inactive state (6) S + TAS + IS
26 LITHE
Flexible atheist lies about ignoring Tassie (5) Anagram of ATHEIST LIES minus TASSIE
28 STRABISMUS
Eyesight defect is discovered after brats jumbled problem up (10) IS after (anagram of BRATS) + SUM reversed
29 GLASS
Gravity used by young lady tumbler, say (5) G + LASS
30 SHAKES UP
Disturbs cat upset eating fish (6,2) PUSS reversed outside HAKE
31 WANGLE
Leaders of Western Australia nominated good local engineering scheme (6) (W)estern (A)ustralia (N)ominated (G)ood (L)ocal (E)ngineering
32 URBAN
Metropolitan head covering initially not seen (5) (t)URBAN
33 CACTI
Cold part of Australia, one with protected plants (5) C + ACT + I
36 UNCONSCIOUS
Awkward intellect bagging science out (11) (UNCO + NOUS) outside SCI
38 OVERPROTECT
Baby specialist seen in public heading to equity court (11) PRO inside OVERT + (E)quity + CT
41 STEEL BLUE
Fish camouflaged by a sort of subtle metallic colour (5,4) EEL inside anagram of SUBTLE
43 RESETTLED
Relocated tester prepared and took on a supervisory role (9) Anagram of TESTER + LED
44 ASSESSED
Valued pack animal scattered seeds (8) ASS + anagram of SEEDS
45 STRUMMER
Musician’s spirit expressed in different terms (8) RUM inside anagram of TERMS
46 RALLIED
Left wing in rugby joined up and got better (7) (R)ugby + ALLIED
47 ERASERS
They remove an important date that is not allowed in series (7) ERA + (SERIES minus IE)
49 TUNED-IN
Untied frayed end of connection with it (5-2) Anagram of UNTIED + connectio(N)
51 UNSAID
State credentials supporting global organisation may be not stated (6) (SA + ID) after UN
53 DRUGS
Distracted guards missing a user’s stash (5) Anagram of GUARDS minus A
55 AS IS
Tassie with restrictions lifted varied in the current state (2,2) Anagram of (t)ASSI(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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