AFR Cryptic, Saturday 25/2/2017, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (18/2/2017) Worked Solution

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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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (18/2/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BEAUTY
Smasher wrecked a ute in close (6) Anagram of A UTE inside BY
4 OUTSTRIP
Tourist organised soft top (8) Anagram of TOURIST + P
9 DECLAIM
Broadcast medical lecture (7) Anagram of MEDICAL
11 TALLIES
Everyone dressed in formal attire matches (7) ALL inside TIES
12 ASTUTELY
A class held in secret in a clever way (8) A + (TUTE inside SLY)
13 IMPAIR
Damage one political spokesperson before broadcast (6) I + MP + AIR
16 ORGANISED CRIME
Record images in badly structured illegal activities (9,5) Anagram of RECORD IMAGES IN
19 CAPITAL ACCOUNT
Limit at a council affected agent’s final statement of company worth (7,7) CAP anagram of AT A COUNCIL + AGEN(T)
21 ESTERS
Initial temperature released by those who analyse organic compounds (6) TESTERS minus the first T
22 MEA CULPA
Clam up wrongly about each admission of guilt (3,5) Anagram of CLAM UP outside EA
25 TABLEAU
Letter from Greece about clever group picture (7) TAU outside ABLE
27 TOPKNOT
Locks up? (7) Cryptic Definition
28 PREPARED
Piano salesman, with a bottle of wine, is all set (8) P + REP + A + RED
29 ACTORS
They play parts or part described in extract or script (6) extrACT OR Script
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BAD HAT
Person of reprehensible character had messed up in club (3,3) Anagram of HAD inside BAT
2 ASCOT
Like coat, not a necktie (5) AS + (COAT minus A)
3 TOASTMASTER
Preview plugged by a most excited host (11) TASTER outside anagram of A MOST
5 UP TO
Doing first part of unusual writer’s reading instructions (2,2) (U)NUSUAL + PTO
6 SOL
Colloidal suspension in a liquid is so light initially (3) SO + (L)IGHT
7 RUINATION
Defeat, one accepted in rugby union country (9) I inside (RU NATION)
8 PASTRIES
Like tart, oddly, included in pies with bakery items (8) [AS + (T)A(R)T] inside PIES
10 MULTIPLE
Many left a pile of rubbish transported by mule (8) (L + TIP) inside MULE
14 MICROSCOPIC
Very small comics or animated picture (11) Anagram of COMICS OR + PIC
15 SEA CHEST
Sailor’s trunk hurts wearing customary clothing (3,5) ACHES inside SET
17 REPUTABLE
Recompiled pure set of facts systematically displayed and valued (9) Anagram of PURE + TABLE
18 SCREW-TOP
Type of bottle a group of workers sealed with plug (5-3) CREW inside STOP
20 CACTUS
Members of pathetic ACTU subdivision desert plant (6) pathetiC ACTU Subdivision
23 LINGO
Language with nothing about vitality (5) NIL reversed + GO
24 HUGE
“Titanic” could be grand in colour (4) G inside HUE
26 ETA
Overseas letter’s estimated time of arrival (3) Double Definition

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The Stickler Weekly 167

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The Stickler Weekly 167 Clue Hints

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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 structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The 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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.

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 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 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.
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 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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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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The Stickler Weekly 167 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.

The clues listed here may contain a component not familiar to all outside of Australia.

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The Stickler Weekly 166 Solution

One of the things my old neighbour asked me about was what he called “order of operation”, that is the sequence a solver takes when processing a wordplay. His main question related to whether a clue that flowed left to right with no assumed word groupings (imagined brackets) was superior to a clue where assumptions needed to be made. Here’s an example of each from last week’s crossword: 1) 19-across Call about right to join card game (8,6).  2) 12-across Bond managed by head of taxation in suspicious circumstances (8). The first one can be taken from left to right processing exactly as is stated in the clue; the second one requires the solver to join two elements and put them inside another. The second one has another parsing possible, so the solver must work out which one is in effect. As a setter and solver, I see the work needed to be done by the solver here to be part of the game, same as working out, for example, whether a word is part of a device or fodder, and what word form a particular word takes. When I’m setting, any assumptions will involve groups of words, but the order will always be left to right unless the wordplay contains positional indicators that say otherwise. I might include punctuation to mislead, but I won’t leave punctuation out that potentially changes the order in which indicators operate. That is, an operating adjective will appear ahead of its fodder, not behind it with an implied comma (as is commonly seen in modern-day cryptics). Clues like A B in, where what is really meant is A with B in, will never appear in a Stickler. I think this is where order of operation can create convoluted clues: a combination of implied bracketed wordplay and indicators operating out of order. Clear as mud? So, which is superior, 1) or 2)? In this case, I see them as basically both the same, and although 1) might be seen as being easier, 2) certainly doesn’t present many problems.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SMARTY
Wise guy clipped horse in animal enclosure (6) (MAR)E inside STY
4 SHERIFFS
She repeated phrases for officials in court (8) SHE + RIFFS
9 ROBOTIC
Strip of the ear is stiff (7) ROB + OTIC
11 FINANCE
Fund intended holding nominations up front (7) FIANCE outside (N)OMINATIONS
12 WARRANTY
Bond managed by head of taxation in suspicious circumstances (8) [RAN + (T)AXATION] inside WARY
13 REVEAL
Give away large amount of red meat (6) (RE)D + VEAL
16 CATEGORISATION
Arrangement, for example, is detailed in speech after unusual act (14) [EG + (IS inside ORATION)] after anagram of ACT
19 CONTRACT BRIDGE
Call about right to join card game (8,6) CONTACT outside R + BRIDGE
21 ONIONS
Switch position is covering working bulbs (6) (ON + IS) outside ON
22 STRANGER
Street worker found in park with visitor (8) ST + RANGER
25 AMIABLE
Friendly question of personal competence? (7) AM I ABLE?
27 SLIP-ONS
Sign of disrespect apparent in children’s informal attire (4-3) LIP inside SONS
28 EASINESS
A selection of ideas, in essence, may be linked for simplicity (8) idEAS IN ESSence
29 ANGELS
One begins to work with good kids (6) AN + GELS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPRAWL
Small place containing green lounge (6) (S + PL) outside RAW
2 AMBER
Light colour left out of manufactured marble (5) Anagram of MARBLE minus L
3 TETRAHEDRON
The trader worked on solid figure (11) Anagram of THE TRADER + ON
5 HAFT
Handle hot fat used for cooking (4) H + anagram of FAT
6 RUN
Ladder with shortened step (3) (RUN)G
7 FINGERING
Identifying fine wool for knitting (9) Double Definition
8 SWELLING
Output from bottomless well in ground is increasing (8) bottomlesS WELL IN Ground
10 CUT NO ICE
Rough count that is about 100 failed to impress (3,2,3) Anagram of COUNT + (IE outside C)
14 EXAMINATION
Get rid of upstanding minister tossed into a trial (11) AXE reversed + MIN + anagram of INTO A
15 DIABETES
Stops working, taking a risk with metabolic disorder (8) DIES outside A BET
17 ANNUITIES
Cancel unfinalised bonds after one guaranteed payments? (9) (ANNU)L + (TIES after I)
18 ACCOLADE
Youth behind company acknowledged in outstanding award (8) (LAD after CO) inside ACE
20 TRUSTS
Leader of team in medical support unit believes (6) (T)EAM inside TRUSS
23 GROVE
Original piece of gnarled drift wood (5) (G)NARLED + ROVE
24 TEAS
Guy not finishing hot drinks (4) (TEAS)E
26 BIN
Get rid of returned bill (3) NIB reversed

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 18/2/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (11/2/2017) 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.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is 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.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The 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 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 of 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. Other indicators may also 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 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 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 pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

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

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

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AFR Cryptic (11/2/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ALLSPICE
Slice of lemon grated into mixture of special food flavouring (8) (L)EMON inside anagram of SPECIAL
5 PASTEL
Gum, large, is a light colour (6) PASTE + L
9 TIGERISH
Bloodthirsty Irish get beaten up (8) Anagram of IRISH GET
10 ESCHEW
Avoid hack after escape (6) HEW after ESC (keyboard key)
12 TRUMP
Nation excluded from amendment of important UN leader (5) Anagram of UN IMPORTANT minus NATION
13 TRIMESTER
Balance an organic compound – it’s an academic term (9) TRIM + ESTER
14 DESERT ISLAND
Endless dirt scattered around a remote place (6,6) Anagram of ENDLESS DIRT outside A
17 COURT-MARTIAL
Military tribunal heard law official in custody (5-7) Sounds like CAUGHT MARSHAL
22 ALABASTER
Type of gypsum a research centre rates poorly (9) A + LAB + anagram of RATES
23 HONDA
Car-maker had changed around reflection of number (5) Anagram of HAD outside (NO reversed)
24 BLOATS
Craft handling large swells (6) BOATS outside L
25 THIEVING
Act involving evil to a great extent? (8) THING outside (EVI)L
26 EXTORT
Blackmail letters typed in text or transcript (6) tEXT OR Transcript
27 APPENDED
Added software program finished (8) APP + ENDED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ASTUTE
Knowing, for instance, class at university (6) AS + TUTE
2 LOG OUT
Yahoo keeping function to disconnect from a computer system (3,3) LOUT outside GO
3 PORK-PIE
Wild kipper stuffed with duck is a meaty dish (4-3) Anagram of KIPPER outside O
4 COST THE EARTH
He dropped in reconditoned Escort that was very expensive (4,3,5) HE inside anagram of ESCORT THAT
6 ABSCESS
Blood-type, stored in cases, developed small infection (7) B inside anagram of CASES + S
7 TAHITIAN
Pacific Islander, a battered one, wearing brown (8) (A + HIT + I) inside TAN
8 LOW-GRADE
Unsettled lodger was not totally poor (3-5) Anagram of (LODGER WA)S
11 DICTATORSHIP
Absolute rule confused this actor in decline (12) Anagram of THIS ACTOR inside DIP
15 SCRABBLE
Crowd that’s disorderly at end of shortened SCG game (8) RABBLE after (SC)G
16 RUNABOUT
Burn a terribly old-fashioned car used around town (8) Anagram of BURN A + OUT
18 TRACTOR
Farm vehicle overturned rubbish cart (7) (ROT + CART) reversed
19 ATHLETE
Sportsperson at hospital allowed home finally (7) AT + H + LET + HOM(E)
20 UNTIED
Insecure relative, losing head, died (6) A(UNTIE) + D
21 BAGGED
A Governor-General taking role in foundation is criticised (6) (A + GG) inside BED

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The Stickler Weekly 166

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

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

  Clue Hints for The Stickler Weekly 166
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  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 165
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The Stickler Weekly 166 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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 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 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 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 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 the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation 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 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 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 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.
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 loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

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