AFR Cryptic, Saturday 23/5/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (16/5/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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.

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 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 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 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.
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.

All words can be validly written with a leading capital without changing their meaning. Hence, the capitalisation of a word may present a different picture than is intended.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (16/5/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ORGANISE
Structure or gas line repaired without fail ultimately (8) OR + [anagram of GAS LINE minus fai(L)]
5 SUNSET
End of day school not yet confirmed (6) S + UNSET
10 THROUGH
Most of the area beside a golf fairway is finished (7) (TH)e + ROUGH
11 OPENING
Initial direction taken by disoriented pigeon (7) N inside anagram of PIGEON
12 MISREPORT
Miser, beaten up, left a false statement (9) Anagram of MISER + PORT
13 CRUEL
Heartless setter finally typed in cryptic clue (5) sette(R) inside anagram of CLUE
14 SLAP
Close associates backed rebuke (4) PALS reversed
16 TEA BREAK
Stop for a drink and large piece of bread in wood (3,5) (BREA)d inside TEAK
19 THERMALS
The length in arms spoiled warm underwear (8) THE + (L inside anagram of ARMS)
20 SELL
Market phone’s sound quality (4) Sounds like CELL
23 ACRID
Helper taking credit is bitter (5) AID outside CR
24 HARVESTED
Did gathering see TV broadcast secured by firm? (9) Anagram of SEE TV inside HARD
26 FUNFAIR
Fine recorded by prejudiced show (7) F + UNFAIR
27 LEISURE
Relaxation drug is hidden in carrot (7) (E + IS) inside LURE
28 LIEDER
Story introducing the German songs (6) LIE + DER
29 PASSES ON
Old-fashioned family member transfers (6,2) PASSE + SON
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 OPTIMIST
Dreamer represented top one on film? (8) Anagram of TOP + I + MIST
2 GERMS
Stones absorbing river’s micro-organisms (5) GEMS outside R
3 NOUMEA
No Australian native brought up a Pacific island paradise (6) NO + (EMU reversed) + A
4 SCHOOLTEACHERS
Assorted chocolates belonging to the lady educators (14) Anagram of CHOCOLATES + HERS
6 USED CARS
Consumers getting hold of a CD about trade-ins, say (4,4) USERS outside [(A + CD) reversed]
7 STIMULATE
Time taken by mimic to fire with enthusiasm (9) T inside SIMULATE
8 TOGGLE
Fastener got fixed up on broken leg (6) GOT reversed + anagram of LEG
9 SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Reworking of a tutorial has centred around American state (5,9) Anagram of A TUTORIAL HAS outside US
15 ADHERENCE
Present presented in dance affected commitment (9) HERE inside anagram of DANCE
17 GRADUATE
Complication of a drug stopped fast, successful student (8) Anagram of A DRUG + ATE
18 BLUDGEON
Take it easy on strike (8) BLUDGE + ON
21 MANFUL
Courageous fellow following opposition’s back into maul (6) [F after oppositio(N)] inside MAUL
22 DEVILS
Carnivorous marsupials survived up on top of slopes (6) LIVED reversed + (S)lopes
25 TRUSS
Support part of communist Russia (5) communisT RUSSia

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 16/5/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (9/5/2020) 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.

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.

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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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 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 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, then the entire result is reversed. The type of container clue involved is determined by an appropriate containment indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
A 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 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 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 (9/5/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PRIMAL
Place across border completed by a chief (6) PL outside (RIM + A)
5 MART
Trading centre is attractively neat and stylish after opening (4) s(MART)
9 ARRAY
Returned Victorian flower arrangement (5) YARRA reversed
10 LODESTONE
Surgery on oldest individual is an attractive thing (9) Anagram of OLDEST + ONE
13 DAWDLED
Parent, guided around introduction to Windows, progressed slowly (7) (DAD + LED) outside (W)indows
14 ECUADOR
Educator, short on time, reformed country (7) Anagram of EDUCATOR minus T
15 RAPT
Traitor seizing power is delighted (4) RAT outside P
16 COASTGUARD
Water police relocated as a tug moved into line (10) Anagram of AS A TUG inside CORD
19 ONE-MAN TENT
Working bigwig recalled ten back to government shelter (3-3,4) ON + NAME reversed + TEN + governmen(T)
20 CHOP
Cut section of Psycho, perhaps (4) psyCHO Perhaps
23 TESTING
The heartless con is hard? (7) T(h)E + STING
25 EDIT OUT
Media not restricted by tipster’s cut? (4,3) m)EDI(a + TOUT
26 PARENTAGE
A payment for accommodation handled by attendant’s family (9) (A + RENT) inside PAGE
28 MEETS
Look around, occupied by first of three organised events (5) SEEM reversed outside (T)hree
29 MADE
Processed bananas close to estate (4) MAD + estat(E)
30 SAYING
Saw mum leaving gymnasium in a mess (6) Anagram of GYMNASIUM minus MUM
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 ROYALS
Court officials got banned from changing astrology (6) Anagram of ASTROLOGY minus GOT
3 MALADROIT
Clumsy mother and son represented trio? (9) MA + LAD + anagram of TRIO
4 LEDGE
Left-side vein? (5) L + EDGE
5 MESSUAGE
Buildings and grounds university listed in communique (8) (U)niversity inside MESSAGE
6 TAN
Brown contents of bucket analysed (3) buckeT ANalysed
7 WANDER
Stray, white and red, returned (6) WAN + (RED reversed)
8 CROWD-PLEASER
Rowers placed badly in popular event (5-7) Anagram of ROWERS PLACED
11 OLD-FASHIONED
One staying inside clumsily handles food and drink (3-9) I inside anagram of HANDLES FOOD
12 ERRED
50% of beer and wine went astray (5) be(ER) + RED
17 SINCERELY
Head of store, at work, replaced celery in good faith (9) (S)tore + IN + anagram of CELERY
18 RADIANCE
Runs a social function holding one light (8) (R + A + DANCE) outside I
19 ON TOP
Residents of Pyrmont opened up (2,3) pyrmONT OPened
21 POTASH
Strong base in container has broken down (6) POT + anagram of HAS
22 OILMAN
One selling centrally in part of the Middle East? (6) [I + sel(L)ing] inside OMAN
24 GLASS
Grand girl’s pony, for example (5) G + LASS
27 AIM
Try valium taken regularly (3) v(A)l(I)u(M)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 9/5/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (2/5/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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 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.
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.

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, then the entire result is reversed. The type of container clue involved is determined by an appropriate containment 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.

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 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 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 where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

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AFR Cryptic (2/5/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUBED
Copper base is cut into small pieces (5) CU + BED
4 CAME ABOUT
Passed section containing mutated amoeba (4,5) CUT outside anagram of AMOEBA
9 SALTPAN
State plant developed dry region of Lake Eyre, say (7) SA + anagram of PLANT
10 SAMPLES
Tries out representative in marketing (7) MP inside SALES
11 ON THE INCREASE
Growing, rich teen worked when in one (2,3,8) (Anagram of RICH TEEN + AS) inside ONE
14 REPS
Agents organised large contingent of press (4) Anagram of (PRES)s
15 SPHERICAL
Iodine injected into her scalp moved round (9) I inside anagram of HER SCALP
18 APPRAISED
Software set up and evaluated (9) APP + RAISED
19 MINT
Lolly packet (4) Double Definition
21 CHRISTIAN NAME
Individual retired in China tries changing given title (9,4) MAN reversed inside anagram of CHINA TRIES
24 SHADOWS
Watches commercial during TV programs (7) AD inside SHOWS
26 SALVAGE
Retrieve Livingstone’s head in possession of native (7) (L)ivingstone inside SAVAGE
27 SMARTNESS
A variety of tern’s depicted in text with style (9) (A + anagram of TERNS) inside SMS
28 PROWL
Patrol small place holding fight (5) PL outside ROW
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1 CASE
Chest condition (4) Double Definition
2 BALLOT PAPER
Election-time issue let Labor broadcast about worthless matter (6,5) Anagram of LET LABOR outside PAP
3 DEPUTY
Lieutenant’s record in service (6) EP inside DUTY
4 CONSENSUS
General agreement on curly figure appearing in national survey (9) (ON + S) inside CENSUS
5 MASON
Builder is well accepted by people generally (5) SO inside MAN
6 ADMIRERS
Lovers married in a resort close to Cairns (8) Anagram of MARRIED + cairn(S)
7 OWL
Round face of wombat with large hooter (3) O + (W)ombat + L
8 TESSELLATE
Contents of crates sell at emporium and fit together exactly (10) craTES SELL AT Emporium
12 ARCHIPELAGO
Island gathering’s popular beer turned up in wreckage of cargo (11) [HIP + (ALE reversed)] inside anagram of CARGO
13 BROADCASTS
Bad actors messed up opening of stage shows (10) Anagram of BAD ACTORS + (S)tage
16 HEDONISTS
Dishonest, spoiled pleasure-seekers (9) Anagram of DISHONEST
17 PASSPORT
Proof of identity completed nearly before start of play (8) (PAS)t + SPORT
20 BALL-UP
Everyone in pub backed action taken in Aussie Rules (4-2) ALL inside (PUB reversed)
22 ISSUE
Outgoing Aussies not limited strangely (5) Anagram of a)USSIE(e
23 DEAL
Leader pulled out of perfect arrangement (4) IDEAL minus I
25 AGA
A reduced gas appliance (3) A + (GA)s

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 2/5/2020, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (25/4/2020) 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.

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 (25/4/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CHRIST
Deliverer is pursuing “60 Minutes” in court (6) (IS after HR) inside CT
4 LIMPED
Said the wrong thing about politician and continued favouring member? (6) LIED outside MP
9 DENSE
Study set largely tightly packed (5) DEN + (SE)t
10 HIGH DRAMA
Greeting spoken by doctor and associated union with great excitement (4,5) Sounds like HI + DR + AMA
11 WHOPPER
Giant head of white rabbit, say (7) (W)hite + HOPPER
12 TURNOUT
Water heater restricted by plug assembly (7) URN inside TOUT
13 RANT
Some types of soldier ants go on and on (4) soldieR ANTs
14 OVERTURE
Public university dealt with concerning proposal (8) OVERT + U + RE
17 EMPLOYER
Company may be first to experiment with unstable polymer (8) (E)xperiment + anagram of POLYMER
19 DOOR
Reception or access point (4) DO + OR
22 CANTINA
Common saying or stock phrase in a Spanish bar (7) CANT + IN + A
23 EARTHLY
Trace of thorium discovered in primitive human (7) TH inside EARLY
24 EDITORIAL
It’s written by a journalist or one consumed by extraordinary detail (9) (OR + I) inside anagram of DETAIL
25 POLKA
Crew leaving workplace organised dance (5) Anagram of WORKPLACE minus CREW
26 ANGERS
Scottish soccer team, after the start, causes aggravation (6) r(ANGERS)
27 GALORE
Ban ignored by Indian city everywhere (6) BANGALORE minus BAN
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CODEWORD
Secret identifier that’s outstanding, turned up in contents of line (8) (OWED reversed) inside CORD
2 RANGOON
Old Asian capital managed to move forward (7) RAN + GO ON
3 SLEEPY
Quiet? Go over in secret (6) PEE reversed in SLY
4 LIGHT-HEARTEDLY
Blonde, 23, wrongly embracing editor in a playful way? (5-9) LIGHT + (anagram of EARTHLY outside ED)
5 MODERATE
Approach speed is controlled (8) MODE + RATE
6 ENAMOUR
Leader of everyday people put up with our charm (7) (E)veryday + MAN reversed + OUR
7 THERMODYNAMICS
Branch of physics and chemistry worked around standard procedure (14) Anagram of AND CHEMISTRY outside MO
8 FACT
Fine performance in reality (4) F + ACT
15 ALL IN ONE
Mixture of lanolin and last of calamine is combined (3,2,3) Anagram of LANOLIN + calamin(E)
16 ARMY BASE
Military headquarters are keeping my tax form (4,4) ARE outside (MY + BAS)
18 MANSION
Cancer, say, is picked up in body of man in operation (7) IS reversed inside (MAN + ON)
20 OTHELLO
Shakespearean character reverted to casual form of greeting (7) TO reversed + HELLO
21 GRAPPA
Doctor holding talk in connection with a type of alcohol (6) GP outside RAP + A
22 CLEF
Composer initially left with no time for musical notation (4) (C)omposer + (LEFT minus T)

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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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