AFR Cryptic, Saturday 10/4/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (Easter 2021) Worked Solution

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The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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 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.

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.
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.

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 hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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AFR Cryptic (Easter 2021) Solution

How did your Easter (egg) hunt go?

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SELFISH
Mercenary reduced value of trade in swimmers (7) (SEL)l + FISH
5 DEBASED
Shamed bishop, as specified in legal document (7) (B + AS) inside DEED
9 MOVABLE
Method of operating sound without one is not fixed (7) MO + V(i)ABLE
13 LANCE
Spear fabulous knight giving up fortune (5) LANCELOT minus LOT
14 GENOA
One may be pulled back in middle of navigation? (5) ONE reversed inside navi(GA)tion
15 GET ON
Manage girl’s primary school of note (3,2) (G)irl + ETON
16 SOUND
Complete report (5) Double Definition
17 EXIT
Leave be, ignoring conclusion of specialists (4) EXIST minus specialist(S)
18 NEGLIGEE
Something put away until retirement? (8) Cryptic Definition
19 OUTRIGGER
Core section of tour set off in boat (9) t(OU)r + TRIGGER
21 GAGGED
Senior, pocketing $1000 after beginning of game, kept quiet (6) (AGED outside G) after (G)ame
22 CREDIT
Head of Coles tried changing a person’s financial standing (6) (C)oles + anagram of TRIED
23 DANGEROUS
Outrage shown in party by American is alarming (9) ANGER inside (DO + US)
24 OVERSEAS
International ever so distracted, for instance (8) Anagram of EVER SO + AS
26 GRAVES
Wine areas marked with stones (6) Double Definition
28 UPHILL
University PhD, largely, in a bad way, gruelling (6) U + (PH)d + ILL
33 BARROW ISLAND
Missile is found buried in ordinary WA oilfield (6,6) (ARROW + IS) inside BLAND
34 BOOTLEGGER
Dishonest trader, and rebel too, ordered around Queen’s representative (10) Anagram of REBEL TOO outside GG
36 STAGGERING
Perform a song about graffitist that’s unbelievable (10) SING outside TAGGER
38 GERALDTON WAX
WA native left in landscaped garden to grow (9,3) L inside anagram of GARDEN TO + WAX
41 TIGERS
Wild animals, resting uneasily, missing out on carrion ultimately (6) Anagram of RESTING minus carrio(N)
42 EGRESS
For example, research school that’s way out (6) EG + RES + S
43 FORESTED
Tailless fox took it easy with trees all over the place? (8) FO(x) + RESTED
47 THERAPIES
The kind of music that is starting to supplement treatments (9) THE + RAP + IE + (S)upplement
49 NUGGET
Professional killer turned to receive a small, valuable item (6) GUN reversed + GET
51 MARRON
Damage river with respect to crayfish (6) MAR + R + ON
53 TRAGEDIES
Dramatic stories displayed violent anger in relationships (9) RAGED inside TIES
55 DEBUGGED
Vehicle falling short in performance should be freed of computer problems (8) (BUGG)y inside DEED
56 TOGA
Cover for Caesar possibly got withdrawn by Augustus initially (4) GOT reversed + (A)ugustus
58 OGIVE
Render needed behind old pointed arch (5) GIVE after O
59 SCOPE
Policeman, taking part in sex, briefly considered limits (5) COP inside (SE)x
60 END UP
Finish reproduction of nude sitting by piano (3,2) Anagram of NUDE + P
61 NURSE
Work back and see contracted hospital worker (5) RUN reversed + (SE)e
62 SENDS UP
Cat, spinning around tail, takes off (5,2) PUSS reversed outside END
63 LOSES IT
Sees red stole is in need of repair (5,2) Anagram of STOLE IS
64 RIGGERS
Initiates missing out on time with stage hands (7) (t)RIGGERS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOLFEGGIO
Voice exercise found primarily in Google is complicated (9) (F)ound inside anagram of GOOGLE IS
2 LANDING GEAR
An aeroplane’s wheels etc are dangling precariously (7,4) Anagram of ARE DANGLING
3 IDEA
Identification made available next to each plan (4) ID + EA
4 HOGGET
Tie up and secure yearling (6) HOG + GET
5 DANGLERS
One third of rod fishermen, perhaps? (8) ro(D) + ANGLERS
6 BRAGGED
Showed off introduction of book with an irregular outline (7) (B)ook + RAGGED
7 SUGGESTIVE
Guest gives broadcast containing a hint (10) Anagram of GUEST GIVES
8 DITTO
Types locked up inside did it tough as before (5) diD IT TOugh
9 MONOTONY
Duck not performing in my routine (8) (O + NOT + ON) inside MY
10 VESTIGE
Trace undergarment, one, for example, pulled up (7) VEST + I + (EG reversed)
11 BLUDGEONING
Take it easy working in middle of night clubbing (11) BLUDGE + ON + IN + ni(G)ht
12 ENDURES
Dune destabilised on reserve, remains (7) Anagram of DUNE + RES
20 NEWSMONGER
Topical and first part of Galatians, used in sermon, excited a gossip (10) NEW + [(G)alations inside anagram of SERMON]
23 DISPOSAL
Ring about special overseas arrangement (8) DIAL outside (SP + OS)
25 AVIARY
A change involving one gathering of flyers (6) A + (VARY outside I)
27 RANK
Offensive position (4) Double Definition
29 PHENOMENAL
Great friend interrupted by female writing on the wall (10) PAL outside (HEN + OMEN)
30 LUREX
Rule broken by showy material (5) Anagram of RULE + X
31 CLANGERS
Cricketer’s opening 50 irritates slips (8) (C)rickter + L + ANGERS
32 STUDIO
Workshop is rebuilt outside mostly (6) Anagram of (OUTSID)e
33 BESET
Bees disturbed by apiarist, in the end, attack from all sides (5) Anagram of BEES + apiaris(T)
35 GELS
Small one with a supporting role coming up takes shape (4) (S + LEG) reversed
37 AGGREGATION
Refurbished gearing got stored behind a collection (11) Anagram of GEARING GOT after A
39 WATERCOURSE
Redirected rescuer to east of WA river for one (11) Anagram of RESCUER TO after WA
40 GRENADIERS
Armed soldiers and rangers scattered on both sides of pass (10) Anagram of RANGERS outside DIE
44 DUNGAREES
Working clothes, new range, included in membership fee (9) Anagram of RANGE inside DIES
45 TIDIES UP
Straightens out one involved in broadcast dispute (6,2) I inside anagram of DISPUTE
46 LEGGED IT
Make changes after large hen originally took off (6,2) EDIT after (L + EGG)
47 TATTOOS
Military displays markings that are hard to remove (7) Double Definition
48 AGELESS
Classic by Eagles re-recorded by head of Sony (7) Anagram of EAGLES + (S)ony
50 GIBLETS
Large adult, sitting up, eats ignoring a fowl’s innards (7) (L + BIG) reversed + E(a)TS
52 VESPER
Unravelling of verse inspired by quiet prayer (6) P inside anagram of VERSE
54 SEOUL
Asian city being infiltrated by people on the eastern side (5) SOUL outside peopl(E)
57 SNAG
Problem not originally identified in sink (4) (N)ot inside SAG

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AFR Cryptic, Easter Special 2021, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (27/3/2021) 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.
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 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.
There is only one part to this clue, a definition, and it's usually a play on words. There aren't any indicators.
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 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.

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.
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.

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.

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 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 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 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 a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
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.
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.
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.

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AFR Cryptic (27/3/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DICTUM
Something said about cut broadcast is obscure (6) DIM outside anagram of CUT
5 TERRORS
Troublesome people may be last to commit mistakes (7) commi(T) + ERRORS
9 INSURMOUNTABLE
Hopeless cover protecting new album – not! (14) INSURE outside anagram of ALBUM NOT
11 PORK PIES
Baked food and duck devoured by skipper at sea (4,4) O inside anagram of SKIPPER
12 HOOTER
One who shows disgust with large bill (6) Double Definition
14 DROIT
Doctor heading from operation with it is right (5) DR + (O)peration + IT
15 SPONSORED
Cross embedded in small pond should be supported (9) SORE inside (S + POND)
17 FLEXITIME
Outlet involved in distribution of film magazine’s ending work arrangement (9) EXIT inside anagram of FILM + magazin(E)
19 SHEET
Section of a newspaper reviewed these? (5) Anagram of THESE
21 INTROS
Smart class recalled openings (6) IN + SORT reversed
23 PLEASURE
Contracted rental arrangement cutting complete choice (8) (LEAS)e inside PURE
25 PUBLIC HOSPITAL
A pill botch-up is wrongly connected with medical centre (6,8) Anagram of A PILL BOTCH-UP IS
26 DREDGER
Digging machine died close to border in middle of Murray (7) D + [EDGE inside mu(RR)ay]
27 DINGER
Shanghai food supplier stocking goat’s head (6) DINER outside (G)oat
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 INNERSOLE
One’s liner cobbled together? (9) Anagram of ONES LINER
3 TRUMPET
Instrument representative played in perfect time (7) MP inside (TRUE + T)
4 MEMBERSHIP
Male glowers in club group (10) M + EMBERS + HIP
5 TAUT
Composition featured by excellent author is tense (4) excellenT AUThor
6 RATIONS
Rodent is eating available food provisions (7) (RAT + IS) outside ON
7 ORBIT
Eye socket or small part (5) OR + BIT
8 SMEARED
Different tones of same colour tarnished (7) Anagram of SAME + RED
10 SPUD
Digger tips over, losing centre piece (4) DU(m)PS reversed
13 FORECLOSED
Ford transporting ecstasy just around the corner is stopped (10) FORD outside (E + CLOSE)
16 RE-EDUCATE
School again reacted badly accepting university course’s final (2-7) Anagram of REACTED outside U + cours(E)
17 FLIPPED
Turned over top of flask with protruding rim (7) (F)lask + LIPPED
18 IRONING
Housework is tiring without time carrying on (7) (TIRING minus T) outside ON
19 SEA LION
Plug one working with a marine mammal (3,4) SEAL + I + ON
20 TEEN
Juvenile positions supported in private enterprise (4) privaTE ENterprise
22 TABLE
Index is fixed apart from the front section (5) s(TABLE)
24 CHAR
Burn large section of map (4) (CHAR)t

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 27/3/2021, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (20/3/2021) 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.
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.
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.

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 entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
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.
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 the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
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AFR Cryptic (20/3/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 GO INTO
Examine refined tin sealed in sticky stuff (2,4) Anagram of TIN inside GOO
4 SPLINTER
Small place to bury a chip off the old block? (8) S + PL + INTER
9 LOCUM
Person filling in column almost completely out of sequence (5) Anagram of (COLUM)n
10 GOOD TASTE
Function toasted terribly fine judgement (4,5) DO + anagram of TOASTED
11 FONDANT
Sweet son of Jacob baptised in receptacle filled with holy water (7) DAN inside FONT
12 OUTRAGE
A leader in government implicated in bizarre scandal (7) [A + (G)overnment] inside OUTRE
13 STEW
Portion of langouste was to simmer or boil slowly (4) langouSTE Was
14 DWINDLES
Tailender from England, calm briefly, falls away (8) englan(D) + (WINDLES)s
17 TOP-LINER
Interpol roughed up principal performer (3-5) Anagram of INTERPOL
19 CAFE
Wine supplier not catering for a registered eatery (4) CARAFE minus (A + R)
22 LASTING
Eternal US city’s sound as a bell (7) LAS + TING
24 EROSIVE
Section of the visor easily pulled back is wearing (7) thE VISOR Easily reversed
25 TRANSIENT
Temporary service is returned in camping facility (9) (RAN + IS reversed) inside TENT
26 DRIFT
Drive provided time to wander (5) DR + IF + T
27 EVENSONG
Regular family member linked to Gosford’s primary church service (8) EVEN + SON + (G)osford
28 READER
Lecturer of French brought in to educate (6) DE inside REAR
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1 GOLDFISH
Kid’s last in club competition with his unsettled pet (8) ki(D) inside GOLF + anagram of HIS
2 IN CONCERT
Cooked nice corn and sprig of tarragon together? (2,7) Anagram of NICE CORN + (T)arragon
3 TAMMAR
Scrub wallaby is covering up damage (6) MAT reversed + MAR
5 PRONOUNCEMENT
Poor nun worked to strengthen declaration (13) Anagram of POOR NUN + CEMENT
6 IN TOTAL
Subdivided lot ain’t rezoned all together (2,5) Anagram of LOT AINT
7 TOSCA
Cast excited about end of Giacomo Puccini’s opera (5) Anagram of CAST outside giacom(O)
8 REELED
Oversized heart of Greek managed and faltered? (6) g(REE)k + LED
10 GET A WRIGGLE ON
Growing eaglet developed move quickly (3,1,7,2) Anagram of GROWING EAGLET
15 SCARIFIED
Coach, if accepted by side out of form, may be severely criticised (9) (CAR + IF) inside anagram of SIDE
16 DETECTOR
Went off upset about English head of customs finding device (8) ROTTED reversed outside [E + (C)ustoms]
18 PRIESTS
Clerical workers arranged striptease, skipping meal (7) Anagram of STRIPTEASE minus TEA
20 BLITHE
A character leaving Bali seen by the casual (6) BALI minus A + THE
21 POODLE
Lackey recalled gathering held by staff (6) DO reversed inside POLE
23 SPATE
Flood insurance finally given after squabble (5) insuranc(E) after SPAT

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 20/3/2021, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (13/3/2021) 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.

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 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 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 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 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 butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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.

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AFR Cryptic (13/3/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 GREAT APE
Adjusted gear to record wild animal (5,3) Anagram of GEAR + TAPE
5 MALBEC
Red cable repositioned behind back of modem (6) Anagram of CABLE after mode(M)
10 NETBALL
Strike a fault with popular game? (7) NET BALL
11 LIONESS
Unusual lesson about one individual with pride (7) Anagram of LESSON outside I
12 REACH
Make contact with care arranged by hospital (5) Anagram of CARE + H
13 TORMENTOR
One who causes great distress to river guide (9) TO + R + MENTOR
14 IN A COLD SWEAT
Panic-stricken cadet saw lion moving around (2,1,4,5) Anagram of CADET SAW LION
18 CHAISE LONGUE
Seat repaired on a sleigh, secured by wooden rod (6,6) Anagram of ON A SLEIGH inside CUE
21 ILL AT EASE
Strange latitude given in one accommodating contract (3,2,4) LAT inside (I + LEASE)
23 GLOVE
Catch opener from Guyana with no score (5) (G)uyana + LOVE
24 EXPLOIT
Take advantage of scheme mostly used in evacuation (7) (PLO)t inside EXIT
25 OVERAGE
Part of insurance policy, not including initial excess (7) c(OVERAGE)
26 TITLED
Noble provided guidance after time with IT (6) LED after (T + IT)
27 BED-SHEET
Cover beet growing on both sides of repaired shed (3-5) BEET outside anagram of SHED
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1 GONERS
Enthusiastic people accepting leader of neurotic people beyond help (6) GOERS outside (N)eurotic
2 ENTRAP
Mate just about picked up catch (6) (PARTNE)r reversed
3 TEACHINGS
Distribution of GST accommodating every individual in education (9) Anagram of GST outside (EACH + IN)
4 POLITICAL PARTY
Albanese’s mob stuffing art policy – it upset group in parliament (9,5) ALP inside anagram of ART POLICY IT
6 ALONE
A learner driver dealt with one without assistance (5) A + L + ONE
7 BREATHER
Brewed herb tea before start of relaxing rest (8) Anagram of HERB TEA + (R)elaxing
8 CASTRATE
Company fee is cut (8) CAST + RATE
9 FLORAL ENVELOPE
Dispersed pollen over leaf, calyx and corolla of a flower (6,8) Anagram of POLLEN OVER LEAF
15 SMUGGLERS
Head of street robbers pinching 50 mules (9) (S)treet + MUGGERS outside L
16 ACCIDENT
Chance I’d taken, in a manner of speaking (8) ID inside ACCENT
17 GALLIPOT
A tablet turned up in acquired medicine container (8) (A + PILL reversed) inside GOT
19 FORAGE
Mould covering a food (6) FORGE outside A
20 DEFECT
Head off, ignoring large failing (6) DEFLECT minus L
22 TROPE
A figure of speech is teacher’s opening line (5) (T)eacher + ROPE

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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
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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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