AFR Cryptic, Saturday 7/12/2019, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (30/11/2019) 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 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 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 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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

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

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

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

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 can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
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AFR Cryptic (30/11/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BIRTHPLACE
Retired guy organised chaplet for home (10) RIB reversed + anagram of CHAPLET
6 PAID
One involved in protection is rewarded financially (4) I inside PAD
9 TOP-UP
A boost to young boxer, say (3-2) TO + PUP
10 SPANIARDS
Resort exchanged dinars for euro users (9) SPA + anagram of DINARS
12 NEOPRENE
Opener wrecked most of new synthetic material (8) Anagram of OPENER + (NE)w
13 TRADER
Merchant returned colour works of creative imagination (6) (RED + ART) reversed
15 PEARCE
Resistance identified in quiet RAAF base (6) R inside PEACE
16 NASCENT
Final part of mountain climb is rising (7) mountai(N) + ASCENT
18 LID
Credentials printed on the back of large cover (3) ID after L
19 CURETTE
Correct temperature recorded with the unfilled surgical instrument? (7) CURE + T + T(h)E
21 IRONED
Flattened one working dressed in bright colour (6) I + (ON inside RED)
24 TOPICS
Subject matters to one opening IT equipment (6) TO + (I inside PCS)
25 PERSUADE
Essentially admitting university dealt with commercial influence (8) PER SE outside (U + AD)
27 INSOLVENT
Ruined sole greatly stuffing cook up (9) (SOL)e inside INVENT
28 BATON
Keep scoring runs for small club (5) BAT ON
29 GOER
Disheartened golfer with an idea that might work? (4) GO(lf)ER
30 BLUDGEONED
One, taken in, avoided work and clubbed (10) ONE inside BLUDGED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BITING
Sharp metal kept in huge container (6) TIN inside BIG
2 REPROVE
Censure always raised about specialist (7) EVER reversed outside PRO
3 HYPERCRITICAL
Rich player upset about muscle twitch that’s niggling (13) Anagram of RICH PLAYER outside TIC
4 LOS ANGELES
American city described briefly by the French? (3,7) the French = LA
5 CHAT
Informal conversation has not finished in court (4) (HA)s inside CT
7 ABRIDGE
Shorten a link (7) A + BRIDGE
8 DISCRETE
Individual credits redesigned by head of editing (8) Anagram of CREDITS + (E)diting
11 IRRESPONSIBLE
Thoughtless prisoners mistreated bishop leaving bible (13) Anagram of PRISONERS + (b)IBLE
14 UNDIGESTED
Archaeological site established in area of shifting dune may be not properly considered (10) (DIG + EST) inside anagram of DUNE
17 SCATHING
A fine imposed inside SCG is harsh (8) (A + THIN) inside SCG
20 RIPOSTE
Right that is reinforced by stock answer (7) (R + IE) outside POST
22 ELASTIN
Marketing geared up to preserve fibrous protein (7) SALE reversed + TIN
23 PERNOD
Respond badly spilling small drink (6) Anagram of RESPOND minus S
26 MEAL
Meat not finished on large barbecue, for instance (4) (MEA)T + L

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 30/11/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (23/11/2019) Worked Solution

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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.

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

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

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The 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.
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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (23/11/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 WILDCAT STRIKE
Ill-conceived writ is tackled with unofficial union action (7,6) Anagram of WRIT IS TACKLED
9 APRON
Veteran performer positioned in an area at front of stage (5) PRO inside AN
10 DISSIDENT
Detective isn’t apprehending minor rebel (9) (D + ISNT) outside SIDE
11 AT HEART
The creative work initiated by one in reality (2,5) (THE + ART) after A
12 ALL-STAR
Great performer lies gutted inside shrine? (3-4) L(ie)S inside ALTAR
13 SEN
Group of tourists enjoy Japanese bread (3) touristS EN joy
14 ACUMEN
Sharpness a copper associated with bishop and king, say (6) A + CU + MEN (chess pieces)
15 ISRAEL
Re-directed airlines not flying in a Middle-East country (6) Anagram of AIRLINES minus IN
18 FESTER
Decay close to cliff destabilised trees (6) clif(F) + anagram of TREES
20 RANGES
Fruit, after opening of orchard, varies (6) oRANGES after (O)rchard
24 EAR
Lead extracted from expensive sensing device (3) d(EAR)
26 PASSIVE
Verse embraced by graduate that is indifferent (7) V inside (PASS + IE)
28 INFERNO
Raging fire in plant, fuelled by oxygen (7) IN + FERN +O
29 AUTOGRAPH
A group that mostly misread sign (9) Anagram of (A GROUP THA)t
30 ELECT
Choose bracelet for reunion, not lingerie item (5) Anagram of BRACELET minus BRA
31 GENERAL MOTORS
Vehicle manufacturer left molybdenum in power supplies (7,6) (L + MO) inside GENERATORS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 WAREHOUSE
Who outside are bound to exploit large retail store? (9) WHO outside ARE + USE
2 LINEAGE
Nothing set back four members of eager family (7) NIL reversed + (EAGE)r
3 CADETS
Trainees died in an odd manner torpedoing craft (6) (D)i(E)d inside CATS
4 TASMANIA
Island continent accepting person after short time (8) (ASIA outside MAN) after T
5 TWIRLER
Drunken writer found in possession of large revolver (7) Anagram of WRITER outside L
6 INEPT
Substandard writer turned up dressed in it (5) PEN reversed inside IT
7 ENTIRE
Middle section of trench and drain should be full (6) tr(EN)ch + TIRE
8 MASALA
Fortified wine not containing right spice mix (6) MARSALA minus R
16 EAGERNESS
See – anger’s confused with impatience (9) Anagram of SEE ANGERS
17 FREE BALL
Fine beer lifted everyone’s snooker play (4,4) F + (BEER reversed) + ALL
19 TRIGGER
Set off tense worker on board (7) T + RIGGER
21 ALFREDO
Fresh loaf soaking up wine and creamy pasta sauce (7) Anagram of LOAF outside RED
22 SNOOTY
No duck kept in animal enclosure is big-headed (6) (NO + O) inside STY
23 SPRANG
Leapt from sedan’s front-end collision (6) (S)edan + PRANG
25 RIGHTO
Large transporter, hot, re-issued a statement of compliance (6) RIG + anagram of HOT
27 SET ON
Went for cash in hand in retirement (3,2) NOTES reversed

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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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The Stickler Weekly 270

The Stickler for this week is now available. Please select your preferred solving format.

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

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  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 270
  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 269
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The Stickler Weekly 270 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.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The 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 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 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.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 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.
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The Stickler Weekly 270 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 269 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEDAL BIN
Cutter turned around inside secure waste disposal unit (5,3) BLADE reversed inside PIN
5 ORACLE
Authority or head of linguistics engaged by expert (6) OR + [(L)inguistics inside ACE]
9 CASINGS
Chap regularly performs covers (7) (C)h(A)p + SINGS
10 PYRAMID
Most of combustible heap surrounded by monumental structure (7) (PYR)e + AMID
11 FEDERALIST
Duke imprisoning corrupt leader, a supporter of unionism (10) FIST outside anagram of LEADER
12 CUBA
Chicago baseball player linked to a West Indian republic (4) CUB + A
13 CHAIN
Actor’s starting in prominent feature series (5) (A)ctor inside CHIN
14 LEBANESE
Poison absorbed by eels unsettled some Asian people (8) BANE inside anagram of EELS
17 CATS-EYES
Motorists see them at night time in action very well (4-4) T inside CASE + YES
18 VISIT
Stay with enigmatic activist ignoring input of a court (5) Anagram of ACTIVIST minuS (A + CT)
21 RAGE
Wild anger shown without reservation ultimately (4) Anagram of ANGER minus reservatio(N)
22 COLLECTION
Company IT unit recalled working group (10) CO + (IT + CELL) reversed + ON
24 TOOTERS
Impatient drivers may be too abrupt when cut off (7) TOO + (TERS)e
25 MATINEE
Covering one born in a daytime delivery (7) MAT + I + NEE
26 RASHLY
Spots lady without notice and without thinking (6) RASH + (LADY minus AD)
27 MILDNESS
Moderation shown by young lady holding large object back (8) MISS outside [L + (END reversed)]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PACIFIC
A client’s initial condition, shown in picture, is mild (7) [A + (C)lient + IF] inside PIC
2 DISADVANTAGEOUS
Unfavourable and unhappy company transporter, involved in audit, goes abroad (15) (SAD + VAN) inside anagram of AUDIT GOES
3 LONG-RANGE
Label originally on expensive Australian wine is lasting well into the future (4-5) (L)abel + ON + GRANGE
4 INSULT
Newly-formed tribunals not supporting bar’s offence (6) Anagram of TRIBUNALS minus BAR
6 RARE
Sample from vintner, a red, is exceptional (4) vintneR A REd
7 COMPUTER SCIENCE
IT company put in representation of crime scene? (8,7) CO + (PUT inside anagram of CRIME SCENE)
8 ENDGAME
Chess play managed poorly – losing a castle finally (7) Anagram of MANAGED minus A + castl(E)
10 POSTED
Assigned detachment of cadets openly retreated (6) caDETS OPenly
15 ADVOCATED
Advised against entering a gathering with new cadet (9) V inside (A + DO) + anagram of CADET
16 FELONS
Guys carrying on for low criminals (6) FELLOWS with LOW replaced by ON
17 CURATOR
Hound a degenerate, retired superintendent (7) CUR + A + (ROT reversed)
19 TENDERS
Inexperienced seller’s opening bids (7) TENDER + (S)eller
20 ALUMNI
A large tertiary institution accommodating 1000 old students (6) A + L + (UNI outside M)
23 SELL
Market phone’s sound quality (4) Sounds like CELL

 

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