AFR Cryptic, Saturday 4/4/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (28/3/2020) Worked Solution

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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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (28/3/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CAPUCHIN
Cap, right, pinched from one cheeky monkey? (8) CAP + (URCHIN minus R)
5 ASPROS
They can offer pain relief like experienced people (6) AS + PROS
9 SCRUM
Packed assembly room initially appearing in film (5) (R)oom inside SCUM
10 PARALYSED
Incapacitated by usual and unusual delays (9) PAR + anagram of DELAYS
12 LIEUTENANT
Officer’s vehicle found in an inlet smashed up (10) UTE inside anagram of AN INLET
13 RIOT
One involved in corruption and wild behaviour (4) I inside ROT
15 DOCILITY
Compliance work one left in busy centre (8) DO + [(I + L) inside CITY]
17 COWARD
Chicken turned green in old bag (6) RAW reversed inside COD
19 SCRUFF
Ragamuffin’s abrasion must be injected with cleanser finally (6) SCUFF outside cleanse(R)
20 MISTREAT
Bully is identified in irregular matter (8) IS inside anagram of MATTER
23 ROOF
Run out of shelter (4) RO + OF
24 BELLYACHED
He called by in a bad way and complained (10) Anagram of HE CALLED BY
27 A WHOLE LOT
Huge chunk of Othello was changed very much (1,5,3) Anagram of (OTHELLO WA)s
28 LIBEL
False report implicated bullies, not us (5) Anagram of BULLIES minus US
29 TIPPER
One who thankfully pays extra for truck (6) Double Definition
30 NARRATOR
Nark cut short betrayer or storyteller (8) (NAR)k + RAT + OR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASTLED
Players given guidance made a move on board (7) CAST + LED
2 PUREE
Liquefy uncut ecstasy (5) PURE + E
3 COME TO LIFE
Revive heavenly body oil blended with iron (4,2,4) COMET + anagram of OIL + FE
4 IMPUNITY
Dispensation given by one representative with agreement (8) I + MP + UNITY
6 SALT
Section of analysis altered common preservative (4) analysiS ALTered
7 RUSTICATE
Reserved curate is taking time to retire to the country? (9) Anagram of CURATE IS outside T
8 SEDATED
Sitting outside entrance to dispensary under the influence of drugs (7) SEATED outside (D)ispensary
11 RING
Surround sound that demands attention (4) Double Definition
14 FOOTBALLER
One going down holding boot, tangled with striker, say (10) FALLER outside anagram of BOOT
16 CARGO SHIP
Try breaking into vehicles in commercial vessel (5,4) GO inside CARS + HIP
18 BILLY TEA
Butter and toast originally served with each hot drink (5,3) BILLY + (T)oast + EA
19 SERVANT
Attendant runs vehicle into position (7) (R + VAN) inside SET
21 TIDDLER
Heartless dad got stuck into tradesman’s small child? (7) D(a)D inside TILER
22 FELL
Level went down (4) Double Definition
25 HABIT
Routine is hard to some degree (5) H + A BIT
26 BLUE
Argument is blasted in speech (4) Sounds like BLEW

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 28/3/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (21/3/2020) Worked Solution

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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.

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 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 a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
A 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 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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (21/3/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BRASSICA
Swede’s one term for money ICAC looked at briefly (8) BRASS + (ICA)c
5 SPOT-ON
Start of transmission, carried by feeder, is precisely what is required (4-2) (T)ransmission inside SPOON
10 FLOUR
A small number digesting large meal (5) FOUR outside L
11 SHADOWING
Star initially had outstanding following (9) (S)tar + HAD + OWING
12 ROTTEN APPLE
Pot planter, mixed up with drugs, is a bad influence (6,5) Anagram of POT PLANTER + E
13 PIT
List given back is mine (3) TIP reversed
14 RESTRICTED AREA
All others are accepting credit arranged by a place considered off-limits (10,4) (REST + ARE) outside anagram of CREDIT + A
18 INTERMEDIARIES
Agents called one after fashionable house (14) (TERMED + I) after IN + ARIES
22 DON
Indication of approval held back fellow from university (3) NOD reversed
23 INESCAPABLE
Certain mines not starting with great ability (11) (m)INES + CAPABLE
26 ORIGINATE
One US soldier captured by decorated pioneer (9) (I + GI) inside ORNATE
27 SALTS
Disorganised analysts not stocking any chemical compounds (5) Anagram of ANALYSTS minus ANY
28 TWEEDS
Quaint fringes of dress and garments? (6) TWEE + (D)res(S)
29 ESPRESSO
Coffee, especially, very much needed after short rest (8) ESP + [SO after RES(t)]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BEFORE
Live with warning from golfer ahead (6) BE + FORE
2 APOSTLE
Evangelist maligned lots in parody (7) Anagram of LOTS inside APE
3 SPREE
Find out about public relations romp (5) SEE outside PR
4 CAST ASIDE
State identification presented in case is chucked out (4,5) (TAS + ID) inside CASE
6 PROVENDER
Certified wine served up with food (9) PROVEN + (RED reversed)
7 TRIPPER
Judge holding in custody very quiet drug user (7) TRIER outside PP
8 NIGHTCAP
Close deal over a drink before retiring (8) NIGH + (PACT reversed)
9 RASP
File contents of dossier as proposed (4) dossieR AS Proposed
15 TERRIFIED
Even accepting blunder, one female is frightened (9) TIED outside (ERR + I + F)
16 TWITCHERS
Fascinating woman, in short, greatly unsettled people (9) WITCH inside (TERS)e
17 HINDMOST
Change of mind admitted by anchorman at the very back (8) Anagram of MIND inside HOST
19 TONTINE
Output of mine, perhaps, invested in quality annuity scheme (7) TIN inside TONE
20 EMBOLUS
Maiden wearing blouse the wrong way – it restricts circulation (7) M inside anagram of BLOUSE
21 LETS GO
Releases sign about retrieval of government income (4,2) LEO outside (GST reversed)
24 ELAN
Flair shown in part by supermodel, a natural (4) supermodEL A Natural
25 POSER
Question timeless form of advertising? (5) POSTER minus T(ime)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 21/3/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (14/3/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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 is found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.

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 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 (14/3/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RICOCHETS
Company retained by wealthy set somehow bounces back (9) CO inside RICH + anagram of SET
6 CHEAP
Initial offering from church mass is paltry (5) (C)hurch + HEAP
9 PSALM
Composition of bishop’s almighty devotional song (5) bishoPS ALMighty
10 DRAMATISE
Exaggerate the importance of alcohol consumed across island (9) DRAM + (ATE outside IS)
11 SHEARERS
Drummers, perhaps, are inside summerhouse originally belonging to the woman (8) ARE inside [(S)ummerhous + HERS]
12 STRIFE
Conflict is trouble at end of street (6) RIFE after ST
14 BUSHED
Vehicle he had is lost (6) BUS + HED
15 AERATED
A tyre finally assessed and pumped up (7) A + tyr(E) + RATED
17 URN
Boiler component pinned by four nuts (3) foUR Nuts
18 ARSENIC
Crane is sprayed with a toxic element (7) Anagram of CRANE IS
20 GANGLY
Awkward group left boy at the back (6) GANG + L + bo(Y)
23 HUBRIS
Centre is claiming right with superiority (6) HUB + (IS outside R)
24 ELEVENTH
Large uniform buried in the prepared hole (8) (L + EVEN) inside anagram of THE
26 BOULEVARD
Street vehicle almost ploughed into dislodged boulder (9) (VA)n inside anagram of BOULDER
27 REIGN
Power grid primarily kept in check (5) (G) inside REIN
28 TODAY
Small dog biting dad briefly is right now (5) TOY outside (DA)d
29 BARGEPOLE
Clip, for example, put back into stripped propeller (9) (LOP + EG) reversed inside BARE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RIPEST
Intellectual property gaining external support is most developed (6) IP inside REST
2 CHATEAU
Church meal served in gold residence that’s stately (7) CH + (ATE inside AU)
3 COMPREHENSIVELY
Male taking part in Olympics never adjusted fully (15) HE inside anagram of OLYMPICS NEVER
4 END-PRODUCT
Send down leader supporting conveyor’s output (3-7) s(END) + PRO + DUCT
5 STAT
Mention truncated figure worked out from the census, say (4) (STAT)e
6 CHAPTER AND VERSE
An exact reference prevented a crash at sea (7,3,5) Anagram of PREVENTED A CRASH
7 ELITIST
Building material loaded up is heading to thankless snob (7) TILE reversed + IS + (T)hankless
8 PRETENDS
Goes through the motions right in special resolutions (8) R inside PET + ENDS
13 HANG-GLIDER
Pilot had niggle treated by doctor ultimately (4-6) Anagram of HAD NIGGLE + docto(R)
16 BAD HABIT
Character flaw bishop had corrected slightly (3,5) B + anagram of HAD + A BIT
19 SUBDUED
Quiet underwater vessel expected damage at the bow end (7) SUB + DUE + (D)amage
21 LENTIGO
One to operate, ending advanced skin condition (7) (I + GO) after LENT
22 CHANGE
Elements of such anger go from one to another (6) suCH ANGEr
25 BARB
Spike that is removed from end of grill (4) BARB(ie)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 14/3/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (7/3/2020) Worked Solution

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

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

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

A 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 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 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.
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.
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.

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.
A word or series of words that signify the position of wordplay elements in the answer.

Examples: before, after, leading, in the middle of, under (down only) etc.

The 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 (7/3/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRATEGIST
Street value is checked by great planner (10) ST + RATE + (IS inside GT)
6 STEM
Water level not needing a check (4) STEAM minus A
10 BELIEVE
Busy person, possessed by evil, butchered judge (7) BEE outside anagram of EVIL
11 LIE-DOWN
Acted deceptively to have rest (3-4) LIED + OWN
12 INDONESIA
Popular right is backed by a large republic (9) IN + DONE + (IS reversed) + A
13 STALE
Ending of this story is lacking originality (5) thi(S) + TALE
14 TOTTER
Head to the fish catcher’s rock (6) (T)he + OTTER
16 SLANDER
Polisher worked on the edges of large smear (7) SANDER outside L
17 PIE
Dish that is served after starter of prawns (3) IE after (P)rawns
19 DUNGEON
Waste a long time in prison (7) DUNG + EON
20 LOOKER
Observer is very good in new role (6) OK inside anagram of ROLE
23 CACAO
A chap oddly tucked into firm chocolate ingredient (5) [A + (C)h(A)p] inside CO
24 HOUSE-MATE
Sharing person at home upset about wear and tear (5-4) Anagram of AT HOME outside USE
26 RETINUE
Tenants of home unit errantly sent back suite (7) homE UNIT ERrantly reversed
27 INSPECT
Closely look at cricket, perhaps, including Pakistan’s opener (7) INSECT outside (P)akistan
28 SIDE
Party expressed disappointment audibly (4) Sounds like SIGHED
29 ORIGINATED
Misguided editor consuming alcohol before article is launched (10) Anagram of EDITOR outside (GIN + A)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOBRIETY
Dry state farm section stocking round cheese (8) STY outside (O + BRIE)
2 RILED
Exasperated owner finally turned round food shop (5) owne(R) + DELI reversed
3 THE UNDERGROUND
Energy generated in stormy disturbance crushed rapid transport system (3,11) E inside THUNDER + GROUND
4 GREASY
Like oil when present in hair colour (6) AS inside GREY
5 SALEABLE
Beer packaged in black is in demand (8) ALE inside SABLE
7 TOOK A LEAK
Visited gents, say, to drink ultimately, alcohol stored in oak (4,1,4) TO + [drin(K) + ALE] inside OAK
8 MANNER
Approach timeless remnant needing restoration? (6) Anagram of REMNAN(t)
9 PERSON-TO-PERSON
Family member chasing open reports distributed between individuals (6-2-6) SON after anagram of OPEN REPORTS
15 TRUNCATED
Time to work with new cadet is cut short (9) T + RUN + anagram of CADET
16 SIN
Offence is written up by head of narcotics (3) IS reversed + (N)arcotics
17 POOH BEAR
Ring around gaining support for fabulous honey-eater (4,4) HOOP reversed + BEAR
18 PRIESTED
Made a minister see trip a different way before the closing of synod (8) Anagram of SEE TRIP + syno(D)
21 ACORNS
They may be found under a tree or in cans, strangely (6) OR inside anagram of CANS
22 CURING
Copper band providing remedial treatment (6) CU + RING
25 AGENT
Pawn and a knight taken in win (5) A + (N inside GET)

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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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