AFR Cryptic, Saturday 23/9/2017, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (16/9/2017) 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.
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 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 hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

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

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AFR Cryptic (16/9/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUT AND DRIED
Drained duct, exposed to infection, is not flexible (3,3,5) Anagram of DRAINED DUCT
7 PUB
Watering hole turned up close to scrub (3) UP reversed + SCRU(B)
9 ARISE
Group, in particular, is eager to appear (5) particulAR IS Eager
10 CHIEFTAIN
Tribal leader that is held by feet wrapped in chain (9) (IE + FT) inside CHAIN
11 STATEMENT
Report a numerical fact about the decentralised people? (9) STAT outside [T(h)E + MEN]
12 ROUTE
Way to become established in conversation (5) Sounds like ROOT
13 ORACLES
Nothing left in large groups of people for prophets (7) O + (L inside RACES)
15 COIL
Lubricant used on the back of carbon conductor (4) OIL after C
18 OREO
Biscuit filled with cream or lemon evenly (4) OR + l(E)m(O)n
20 PAYROLL
List of employees developed from survey spanning a year (7) POLL outside (A + YR)
23 PROVE
Test experienced vet short on time (5) PRO + (VET minus T)
24 DIRT-CHEAP
Hat priced incorrectly is not very expensive (4-5) Anagram of HAT PRICED
26 APPOINTEE
One nominated antipope replaced Pope finally (9) Anagram of ANTIPOPE + POP(E)
27 ARUBA
A difficulty managed by a resort in the West Indies (5) A + RUB + A
28 DON
Head of family settled a little short (3) (DON)E
29 TERM DEPOSIT
Investment permitted strangely with injection from overseas (4,7) Anagram of PERMITTED outside OS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CHAT SHOW
Television program could be small potatoes and how! (4,4) CHATS + HOW
2 TRIMARAN
Dock next to a service vessel (8) TRIM + A + RAN
3 NIECE
Ecstasy found in possession of attractive family member (5) E inside NICE
4 DUCHESS
Noble pair curtailed game of skill (7) (DU)O + CHESS
5 IDIOTIC
I had one connected to the ear that’s loopy (7) ID + I + OTIC
6 DEFORMITY
Ugly feature beneficial to male accepted by God (9) (FOR + M) inside DEITY
7 PLAY UP
Call attention to malfunction (4,2) Double Definition
8 BINDER
Red pen scrawled over cover for loose papers (6) (RED + NIB) reversed
14 LARCENIST
Thief reassembled crane dumped in tip (9) Anagram of CRANE inside LIST
16 COVER-UPS
Conspiracies remaining in competitions (5-3) OVER inside CUPS
17 FLIPPANT
Turn over trousers with end trimmed to be irreverent (8) FLIP + (PANT)S
19 OLDSTER
Senior citizen died, leaving toddlers confused (7) Anagram of TODDLERS minus D
20 PORTEND
Give warning of outcome at the conclusion of case (7) END after PORT
21 UPLAND
Sections of “Kakadu Plan” defined hilly region (6) kakadU PLAN Defined
22 COUPON
Stroke of genius applied to voucher (6) COUP + ON
25 CLASP
Caught large snake with safety pin (5) C + L + ASP

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The Stickler Weekly 194

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The Stickler Weekly 194 Clue Hints

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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.

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 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 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 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.

The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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.

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.
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 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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The Stickler Weekly 194 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 193 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRIPPED
Cleared head of security set off (8) (S)ECURITY + TRIPPED
5 PASS UP
Ignore small dog biting American’s backside (4,2) PUP outside ASS
9 REMAINED
Wine produced around northern US state didn’t go anywhere (8) RED outside MAINE
10 FORMER
Old shaping tool (6) Double Definition
12 PUNCTUATION MARK
Mountain track up for restoration say ? (11,4) Anagram of MOUNTAIN TRACK UP
13 ROTATE
Go round bull at opening of exhibition (6) ROT + AT + (E)XHIBITION
15 SOILAGE
Greasy liquid detected in herbaceous plant fodder given to livestock (7) OIL inside SAGE
18 SPENCER
Sail south on river leaving English capital (7) S + (R after PENCE)
20 DUG OUT
Producer’s heart disease is unearthed (3,3) PRO(DU)CER + GOUT
22 ANTEPENULTIMATE
Line up a tent shifted by companion third from the end (15) Anagram of LINE UP A TENT + MATE
25 ACIDIC
Sharp one played twice in Australian rock band (6) I twice inside ACDC
26 EMULSION
Paint crested Australian animal with wild lions? (8) EMU + anagram of LIONS
27 ENSIGN
Standard elements of tradesmen’s ignorance (6) tradesmENS IGNorance
28 TASMANIA
Island continent harbouring soldier with time at the front (8) (ASIA outside MAN) after T
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRIPY
Tabby’s claw found in animal enclosure (6) RIP inside STY
2 ROMAN NOSE
Prominent sensor man switched on in plant known for making perfume (5,4) [MAN + (ON reversed)] inside ROSE
3 PAINT
Describe one wearing short trousers (5) I inside (PANT)S
4 ELEVATE
Bring up 11 – 2 + 8 as suggested by auditor? (7) (ELEV)EN + sounds like EIGHT
6 ABOUNDING
Rich one making great leaps forward (9) A + BOUNDING
7 SAMOA
Small NZ bird once spread around a Pacific island group (5) (S + MOA) outside A
8 PARAKEET
A gardening tool swallowed by pet bird (8) (A + RAKE) inside PET
11 KISS
Peck is seen, in some respect, as a sign of affection (4) pecK IS Seen
14 ACCEPTING
Compliant substitute containing mushroom (9) ACTING outside CEP
16 ADULATION
Praise mature person keeping a leader of industry on (9) ADULT outside A + (I)NDUSTRY + ON
17 ESCALATE
Escape a recent increase in intensity (8) ESC + A + LATE
19 RING
Phone’s digital attachment (4) Double Definition
20 DILEMMA
Two million invested in repackaging of ideal puzzle (7) M+M inside anagram of IDEAL
21 HERNIA
The girl turned in with a muscular problem (6) HER + (IN reversed) + A
23 TRIES
Goes with English politicians giving nothing away (5) TORIES minus O
24 ISLAM
Religion is liturgy, primarily, and a mass (5) IS + (L)ITURGY + A + M

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 193 – Every Character Counts

There were two clues in The Stickler Weekly 193 that got people talking: 12-across Mountain track up for restoration say ? (11,4) and 4-down. Continue reading

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 16/9/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (9/9/2017) Worked Solution

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

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 answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.
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 butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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 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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (9/9/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CALAMARI
Seafood stuffed with a dry, mostly cooked serving of squid (8) (CLAM outside A) + (ARI)D
5 UNSAID
Peacekeeper’s assistance is left to the imagination (6) UN’S AID
10 MINED
Excavated material moved around (5) DENIM reversed
11 TRADITION
To train, I’d modified established practice (9) Anagram of TO TRAIN ID
12 INSULTING
Offending metal object in lung is dislodged (9) TIN inside anagram of LUNG IS
13 HINGE
Turning point is part of something extraordinary (5) sometHING Extraordinary
14 MINORS
Mike is coming around and not children (6) (M + IS) outside NOR
15 EMOTION
Number one book brought back strong feeling (7) (NO + I + TOME) reversed
18 CREATOR
Wacky racer going around to person responsible for invention (7) Anagram of RACER outside TO
20 CURATE
Clerical assistant at one time entering treatment (6) AT inside CURE
22 ANGLE
Corner fish (5) Double Definition
24 BEATITUDE
Rhythm one duet played with extreme delight (9) BEAT + I + anagram of DUET
25 ECONOMIST
One sitcom misrepresented expert in financial matters (9) Anagram of ONE SITCOM
26 ELITE
Exclusive types of steel items (5) steEL ITEms
27 DENUDE
Pile of sand poured back into middle of widest strip (6) DUNE reversed inside WI(DE)ST
28 CRESCENT
Particular way crew shortened trail (8) (CRE)W + SCENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COMMIT
Perform, not finishing with it? (6) (COMM)A + IT
2 LANDSLIDE
Learner in saddle messed up a ground-breaking move (9) L + anagram of IN SADDLE
3 MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD
Ordinary and dim hood faltered badly (6-2-3-4) Anagram of DIM HOOD FALTERED
4 RETAILS
Markets are lacking a choice of flipper (7) ARE minus A + TAILS
6 NEIGHBOURLINESS
Telephone connections in bush region transformed hospitality (15) LINES inside anagram of BUSH REGION
7 ALIEN
Strange form of aluminium that is needed initially (5) AL + IE + (N)EEDED
8 DUNGEONS
Crime figures, holding gun, wrecked drug facilities housing criminals (8) DONS outside (anagram of GUN + E)
9 MANGLE
Butcher’s worker prepared leg (6) MAN + anagram of LEG
16 INTRUSIVE
Unwanted virus mutated during endless winter? (9) Anagram of VIRUS inside W(INTE)R
17 SCRAG END
Lamb cut by sharp rock embedded in post (5,3) CRAG inside SEND
19 RABBIS
Jewish leaders reformed 75% of Brisbane (6) Anagram of (BRISBA)NE
20 CHARTER
Lease hotel owned by former US president (7) H inside CARTER
21 RETEST
Reassess cryptic representation of setter (6) Anagram of SETTER
23 GROAN
Organisation upheld an objection (5) ORG reversed + AN

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The Stickler Weekly 193

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