AFR Cryptic, Saturday 18/1/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (11/1/2020) 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.
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 structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is 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 phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
The 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 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.
The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram indicator will be present.
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.
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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (11/1/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SIDING
Special section of track is sent back with minor damage (6) IS reversed + DING
4 AT A PINCH
21 held in China relocated with great difficulty? (2,1,5) TAP inside anagram of CHINA
9 AD-LIB
Department’s head engaged by a politician freely (2-3) (D)epartment inside (A + LIB)
10 TAIL-ENDER
Poor striker thanks one financial institution willing to advance money (4-5) TA + I + LENDER
11 SWALLOW
Wash down wall overgrown by plant (7) WALL inside SOW
12 LESSEES
Tenants, without notice, returned (7) LESS + (SEE reversed)
13 OMIT
Types of wisdom Italians fail to use (4) wisdOM ITalians
14 BRAND-NEW
Fresh and needed primarily in concoction (5-3) [AND + (N)eeded] inside BREW
17 NOTIFIES
Declares number provided in bands (8) NO + (IF inside TIES)
19 MAIN
One of the family in primary (4) MA + IN
22 ARBORIO
Rice etc removed from broken bioreactor (7) Anagram of BIOREACTOR minus ETC
24 REPLETE
Well-stocked salesman rented back section of house (7) REP + LET + hous(E)
25 SURRENDER
Give in to rip flowing in fast river (9) REND inside SURE + R
26 GLINT
Nothing coming back in great momentary flash (5) NIL revered inside GT
27 DWELLING
Some did well in gambling house (8) diD WELL IN Gambling
28 STAGER
Veteran gets 50% off during main attraction (6) GE(ts) inside STAR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SNAPSHOT
Photograph reflection of bridges affected by extreme heat (8) SPANS reversed + HOT
2 DALMATIAN
Boy turned up at one, bitten by man’s dog (9) LAD reversed + (AT + I inside MAN)
3 NO-BALL
Bowling slip-up everyone wanted after big shot (2-4) ALL after NOB
5 TRIAL AND ERROR
Broadcast backed country involved in shock experimental research (5,3,5) (AIR reversed + LAND) inside TERROR
6 PRESS ON
Keep trying pressure sensor that’s faulty (5,2) P + anagram of SENSOR
7 NUDGE
Encourage naked model holding back of leg (5) NUDE outside le(G)
8 HERESY
This world, say, ignoring a belief contrary to established theory (6) HERE + (SAY minus A)
10 TOWER OF LONDON
Town incarcerating crooked one for old British prison (5,2,6) TOWN outside anagram of ONE FOR OLD
15 WEAKENING
A knee, treated in one section of hospital, is losing strength (9) Anagram of A KNEE inside WING
16 INVENTOR
Architect replaced iron blocking outlet (8) Anagram of IRON outside VENT
18 TARSEAL
Temperature associated with a laser affected surface (7) T + anagram of A LASER
20 RAISED
Brought up treasure retrieved around island (6) DEAR reversed outside IS
21 SPIGOT
It’s used to stop travel in narrow stretch of land (6) GO inside SPIT
23 BARGE
River transport, for example, wedged up under obstruction (5) EG reversed after BAR

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AFR Cryptic (4/1/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DISPATCHED
Rear-end of Ford is roughly fixed and sent off (10) for(D) + IS + PATCHED
6 ATOM
Elementary item found in first volume of a dictionary maybe? (4) A to M
10 DEVIATE
Stray Tasmanian animal mostly consumed food (7) (DEVI)l + ATE
11 HEARTEN
Encourage judge to take captive back (7) HEAR + (NET reversed)
12 CUTTING CORNERS
Revision of current costing is saving time (7,7) Anagram of CURRENT COSTING
14 MOISTURE
Tailored suit soaked in fresh water (8) Anagram of SUIT inside MORE
16 BORDER
Bishop given command to connect (6) B + ORDER
19 LEG HAM
Large portion of lamb stuffed with, for example, hot meat (3,3) (LAM)b outside (EG + H)
20 TOLERATE
Take to rodent living in shelter (8) TO + (RAT inside LEE)
22 CHILLI CON CARNE
Cool picture, right, stored in container of staff’s spicy food (6,3,5) CHILL + ICON + (R inside CANE)
26 BALANCE
Cable twisted around an equaliser (7) Anagram of CABLE outside AN
27 OLD-TIME
One travelling in restored Model-T is ancient (3-4) I inside anagram of MODELT
28 ECRU
Light brown material used in expensive cruiser (4) expensivE CRUiser
29 STATIONERY
Corrupt attorney is writing paper (10) Anagram of ATTORNEY IS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DODO
Grounded flyer that was to perform twice (4) DO + DO
2 SAVOURING
Appreciating court with no limitations in economy? (9) c)OUR(t inside SAVING
3 ADAPT
Customise page in revised model of data (5) P inside anagram of DATA
4 CLEANERS
Laundry business opens around one, starting a bit late (8) CLEARS outside o(NE)
5 ETHICS
Disheartened chemist reassessed rules of conduct? (6) Anagram of CHE(m)IST
7 TITLE
Legend’s change of heart not acknowledged by triathlete (5) TRIATHLETE minus anagram of HEART
8 MINISERIES
They are pessimistic about popular TV program (10) MISERIES outside IN
9 CABRIOLE
Leap with spirit dressed in ruffled lace (8) BRIO inside anagram of LACE
13 IMPLACABLE
Merciless, one politician left a message (10) I + MP + L + A + CABLE
15 THAILAND
Hospital established in dock and country area (8) H inside TAIL + AND
17 DRAINPIPE
Seed in a diner damaged a waste-disposal unit (9) PIP inside anagram of A DINER
18 POINT OUT
Call attention to revamped option trade union raised (5,3) Anagram of OPTION + (TU reversed)
21 ACCENT
Bring out identification removed from car crash, say (6) ACCIDENT minus ID
23 IDLER
Characters involved in quarrel didn’t upset layabout (5) quarREL DIdnt reversed
24 AUDIO
One engaged by a duo remixed sound (5) I inside anagram of A DUO
25 BEVY
Group of girls live virtually on the fringes (4) BE + (V)irtuall(Y)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 11/1/2020, Clue Hints

Due to computer issues, the posting of last week’s solution will be delayed

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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.
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 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 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) 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.

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 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.
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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 4/1/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (New Year 2020) 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.
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 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.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

A 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 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 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 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 (New Year 2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSPITAL
Centre of operations has pilot relocated (8) Anagram of HAS PILOT
5 SCAM
A number of musicians came with fiddle (4) musicianS CAMe
8 FARRAGO
A good way to ridicule opening piece of orchestra’s medley (7) FAR + RAG + (O)RCHESTRA
14 LET UP
Passengers sitting back inside hardtop ute like to relax (3,2) hardtoP UTE Like reversed
15 ERRANDS
Slip up and start to squander commissions (7) ERR + AND + (S)QUANDER
16 CORTISONE
Carbon monoxide in store contaminated hormone (9) CO + anagram of IN STORE
17 SADISTS
Grave is opened up by street people with a mean streak (7) (SAD + IS) outside ST
18 CALYPSO
Song transformed plays, in view of company (7) Anagram of PLAYS inside CO
19 CASINOS
Coins tossed around, for instance, gambling joints (7) Anagram of COINS outside AS
20 ENTAIL
Call for thanks in line with retirement (6) TA inside (LINE reversed)
22 SEEMLINESS
View lines included in manuscript with decorum (10) SEE + (LINES inside MS)
23 SLING
Throw out a sweet mixed drink (5) Double Definition
24 PATIENTS
Bond, wearing trousers, treated people (8) TIE inside PANTS
26 TALENT
Alcohol consumed by explosive person with great ability (6) ALE inside TNT
28 MIDGET
Slow turning around to pick up something small (6) DIM reversed + GET
31 SPRAYER
Distributor and supplier’s first appeal, supposedly, received by a higher authority (7) (S)UPPLIER + PRAYER
32 SEIZE
Apprehend witnesses in audience (5) Sounds like SEES
34 ART CLASS
Creative course of study is not accepted by terribly racist woman (3,5) (Anagram of RACIST minus IS) + LASS
37 ADDITIVE
Something extra – notice it in dip (8) AD + (IT inside DIVE)
39 NORSE
Text written in Russian or Serbian language (5) russiaN OR SErbian
40 EVIDENT
Indisputable form of identification needed in competition (7) ID inside EVENT
43 RUFFLE
Put out material that’s been gathered (6) Double Definition
45 LEARNT
Change to rental arrangement should be understood (6) Anagram of RENTAL
47 TEMPTING
Working irregularly, taking time, is attractive (8) TEMPING outside T
49 GUANO
Natural fertiliser available by August through back-order? (5) (ON + AUG) reversed
50 ELDERBERRY
Mixed breed rarely ignoring a juicy fruit (10) Anagram of BREED RARELY minus A
53 CALLUS
Hardened skin completely soaked in copper and sulphur (6) ALL inside (CU + S)
56 OCTOBER
Alliance in bloc to be reviewed in a set period each year (7) blOC TO BE Reviewed
58 ERECTED
Time included in amended decree should be fixed up (7) T inside anagram of DECREE
59 OUTDOOR
Go past centre to work in the open air (7) OUTDO + W(OR)K
61 THRILLING
Item found on banks of small stream is sensational (9) THING outside RILL
62 ELOPERS
Employees of developer stopped love-birds flying the coop? (7) devELOPER Stopped
63 CRUDE
Caltex’s primary unrefined oil (5) (C)ALTEX + RUDE
64 CARTING
Vehicle, sound as a bell, is transporting goods (7) CAR + TING
65 RATE
Trade adversely impacted without diamonds to value (4) Anagram of TRADE minus D
66 TROLLEYS
Provocative poster, yes, about running things in a supermarket? (8) TROLL + anagram of YES
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1 HOLY SEE
Married one leaving homily to visit papal court (4,3) [HOMILY minus (M+I)] + SEE
2 SITED
Having vision, it’s said, put in place (5) Sounds like SIGHTED
3 IMPASSIVELY
One very much absorbing pressure with a straight face (11) I + (MASSIVELY outside P)
4 AVERSE
Reluctant cavers not needing lead guide ultimately (6) c)AVERS + GUID(E)
6 COST PRICE
Clubs spot refined grain for what a dealer pays (4,5) C + anagram of SPOT + RICE
7 MACH ONE
Love replacing one in machine with speed (4,3) MACHINE with O replacing I
8 FORECAST
Prophecy supporting a sect experiencing conversion (8) FOR + anagram of A SECT
9 RUINS
Flows blocking one dilapidated building site (5) RUNS outside I
10 ABOUNDING
Prolific one making great leaps forward (9) A + BOUNDING
11 OVERSIGHTS
Slips expression of regret into public statement at the outset (10) SIGH inside [OVERT + (S)TATEMENT]
12 TROCHE
Rock largely used in the tablet (6) (ROC)k inside THE
13 INFLAMMATION
Fit mailman worked on reaction to injury (12) Anagram of FIT MAILMAN + ON
21 TUTORED
Taught a group of members to drink (7) TU + TO + RED
23 SKILL
Needlepoint to do in craft? (5) S + KILL
24 POSE
Old storyteller stood up, not accepting a physical attitude (4) AESOP reversed minus A
25 TURN IN
Deliver tin-plated boiler? (4,2) URN inside TIN
27 TRACED
Detected temperature associated with burnt rubber (6) T + RACED
29 AS WELL
A bulge in addition (2,4) A + SWELL
30 ETHENE
Component of atmosphere, the neutral gas (6) atmospherE THE NEutral
33 EAR INFECTION
Interface redesigned by one just after auditor’s complaint (3,9) Anagram of INTERFACE + I + ON
35 SPECIAL
Extraordinary place is given a makeover (7) Anagram of PLACE IS
36 STAG
Part of Tour de France shortened for men only (4) STAG(e
38 IGLOO
Man expelled from Mongolia strangely bound for White House? (5) Anagram of MONGOLIA minus MAN
41 IMPRACTICAL
One new-fangled arctic lamp is visionary (11) I + anagram of ARCTIC LAMP
42 PROGNOSTIC
Expert revised costing forecast (10) PRO + anagram of COSTING
44 FLATTERER
Sports official upset about going after person out to gain an advantage (9) REF reversed outside LATTER
46 AGREEMENT
Deal with people interrupting a welcome (9) MEN inside (A + GREET)
48 YEARNING
The old crook rang in feeling great desire (8) YE + anagram of RANG IN
51 DREDGER
Digging machine died on border in middle of Murray (7) D + [EDGE inside MU(RR)AY]
52 RUDDER
Boat’s guide is not nice about closing of flooded river (6) [RUDE outside FLOODE(D)] + R
54 STREETS
Small planes, say, crossing capital of Thailand’s transport routes (7) S + [TREES outside (T)HAILAND]
55 BOWSER
Fuel supplier’s powerful jack must be fitted with bearing (6) S(outh) inside BOWER
57 BALTI
Type of Pakistani cuisine is north European mostly (5) (BALTI)c
60 OF USE
Effective ring connected to circuit breaker (2,3) O + FUSE

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AFR Cryptic (Christmas 2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUP-TIE
Court that is holding up important match (3-3) (CT + IE) outside UP
4 TAVERNER
Old publican never wavered punching sailor (8) Anagram of NEVER inside TAR
8 CANAPE
Wicker, say, forming the frame of a soft sofa (6) CANE outside (A + P)
14 SACRE BLEU
Cable user translated curse in French (5,4) Anagram of CABLE USER
15 LISLE
Section of spool is lengthening thread (5) spooL IS LEngthening
16 ELASTIC
Accommodating player’s final piece not needed in different recitals (7) Anagram of RECITALS minus PLAYE(R)
17 ANNUITY
Unit varied in some form of guaranteed income (7) Anagram of UNIT inside ANY
18 BRAWL
Law broken at the end of brother’s dispute (5) Anagram of LAW after BR
19 SLITHERED
Moved like a snake and slid around the edges of ravine (9) SLID outside [THE + (R)AVIN(E)]
20 APPALOOSA
Alarm rings when backing horse (9) APPAL + OO + (AS reversed)
22 OCEANIA
Canoe damaged by one heading to abandoned Pacific islands (7) Anagram of CANOE + I + (A)BANDONED
23 DULY
First of December and July not starting at the proper time (4) (D)ECEMBER + j)ULY
25 SHOW
Point out hydrogen generated in plant (4) H inside SOW
26 ARMLET
Worn band, right, designed in forged metal (6) R inside anagram of METAL
28 WINE-GROWER
Secure, for example, person who argues with primary producer (4-6) WIN + EG + ROWER
33 LOOSE
Local toilets are ultimately free (5) LOOS + AR(E)
34 TIMBALE
Pastry shell and diced lamb included in hamper (7) Anagram of LAMB inside TIE
36 POSTCARDS
Office vehicles transporting 500 unsealed messages (9) POST + (CARS outside D)
38 TREASURED
Precious time guaranteed in study (9) T + (SURE inside READ)
39 LEANT ON
Wiry heavyweight could be intimidated? (5,2) LEAN + TON
40 SCONE
Cake and ice cream served after end of mains (5) CONE after MAIN(S)
41 RECIPROCAL
Right sort of police car should be exchanged (10) R + anagram of POLICE CAR
43 THRILL
Blast horn every second in farm (6) (H)O(R)N inside TILL
46 ORES
Property of prospector, essentially mineral aggregates (4) prospectOR ESsentially
49 BACH
Composer’s time not put into collection (4) BATCH minus T
51 PROGRAM
Course and golfer’s limitations shown in golf tournament (7) (G)OLFE(R) inside PROAM
54 EXCAVATOR
Cover a tax adjusted for digger (9) Anagram of COVER A TAX
57 FRACTURED
Crude raft, going through turbulence, could be broken into pieces (9) Anagram of CRUDE RAFT
58 MONTH
March is definitely one or two days (5) MON(day) + TH(ursday)
59 THREADS
Linked postings detailed three commercials? (7) THRE(e + ADS
61 OBTAINS
Gets boat repaired in slipway primarily (7) Anagram of BOAT + IN + (S)LIPWAY
62 OASIS
Central region of coast is a nice place to get out of the heat (5) c(OAS)t + IS
63 SANHEDRIN
Sinner had worked for Jewish council (9) Anagram of SINNER HAD
64 TARRED
Sealed wine opened by bad lot in retreat (6) RED after (RAT reversed)
65 ASSEMBLY
Foreign embassy accommodating large group (8) Anagram of EMBASSY outside L
66 CREEPS
Unpleasant people cooked recipes except for starter from India (6) Anagram of RECIPES minus (I)NDIA
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASSAVA
Donkey in cave nearly finished off a source of starch (7) [ASS inside (CAV)e] + A
2 PECAN
Big bird, giving up, left one large nut (5) PELICAN minus (L + I)
3 INEDIBLE
One bleedin’ terribly bad (8) I + anagram of BLEEDIN
4 THUMBNAIL
Small picture is cut from this and arranged in album (9) (THIS minus IS) + anagram of IN ALBUM
5 VOLCANO
Belcher’s volume can offend initially (7) VOL + CAN + (O)FFEND
6 RESOLVED
Determined loser stood up and voted, missing out on overtime (8) LOSER reversed + (VOTED minus OT)
7 EMERSON
Great Australian tennis player – one kept from coming out? (7) EMERSION minus I
9 ABASHED
She locked in a criminal taken aback (7) SHE inside (A + BAD)
10 AFTERGLOW
Get far at sea with gloomy light following sunset (9) Anagram of GET FAR + LOW
11 ENCODE
Company in need falsified record secretly (6) CO inside anagram of NEED
12 PLAYGOER
Lover of theatre company’s finale held in converted pergola (8) COMPAN(Y) inside anagram of PERGOLA
13 DELICATESSEN
Had seconds in odd-looking, licensed food shop (12) (ATE + S) inside anagram of LICENSED
21 PROMOTE
Push forward for spot (7) PRO + MOTE
24 TRUSTEES
Property managers become inefficient by not working in areas dominated by swingers (8) RUST inside TEES
25 SALUTARY
Helpful trade union given a rise in pay (8) TU reversed inside SALARY
27 TRAILS
Evening dress, worn by king, hangs down (6) R inside TAILS
29 INPUT
Sputnik, with casing stripped, disrupted an electrical signal (5) Anagram of s)PUTNI(k
30 RACISM
Upstanding coach is associated with male prejudice (6) CAR reversed + IS + M
31 GETS UP
Guest, revitalised by sleep, finally rises (4,2) Anagram of GUEST + SLEE(P)
32 TENANT
Section of camp making room for an occupant (6) TENT outside AN
34 TURN OF PHRASE
Expression for “punter” has changed (4,2,6) Anagram of FOR PUNTER HAS
35 MEDIA
News channels met briefly to support rolling over (5) ME(t + (AID reversed)
37 ROOTROT
Run after mob member suffering from disease (7) TROT after ROO
42 CHARACTER
Contract broken by air conditioning person (9) AC inside CHARTER
44 RYE WHISKY
Timber hospital doused in hazardous spirit (3,6) (YEW + H) inside RISKY
45 LOCATING
Jaguar, say, one discovered during extensive detective work (8) (CAT + I) inside LONG
47 PROMISEE
They are given assurance supporting male that makes sense (8) PRO + M + I SEE
48 OVERHEAR
Catch version relayed by a hero in rebellion (8) VER inside anagram of A HERO
50 HOTLINE
Emergency communication link should be scrambled in hotel (7) Anagram of IN HOTEL
52 OLD BOYS
Bad blood certainly disheartened former students? (3,4) Anagram of BLOOD + Y(e)S
53 MINI-SUB
Transport in one thousand for returning underwater explorer (4-3) (BUS IN + I + M) reversed
55 RESENTS
Is angry about gifts with no originality? (7) (p)RESENTS
56 AFLOAT
A feature of a street parade on the surface (6) A + FLOAT
60 AGREE
Concede a strong desire should be curtailed (5) A + GREE(d

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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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