New Cryptic Era

Hi All,

Last year my wife and I made our debut in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with the publication of a cryptic and quick on the puzzles page. Our designation is “D&LS”. We  share the fourth and fifth (if there is one) Thursday of the month with another setter, RK, meaning it could be two months between crosswords.

I will endeavour to update this post with our next scheduled crossword once I have publishing confirmation.

 

Best

David & Linda Stickley

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 13/4/2024, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (6/4/2024) 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 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 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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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) 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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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AFR Cryptic (6/4/2024) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SUBTRACT
Dock area east of naval vessel (8) TRACT after SUB
5 SMALLS
Items of a personal nature, all listed in text (6) ALL inside SMS
10 GLEAM
Flash part of Kyogle? A motel? (5) kyoGLE A Motel
11 MOONLIGHT
Way of working on delicate work at a secondary job (9) MO + ON + LIGHT
12 ENDEAVOURED
Tried to complete and do a revue in a new sequence (11) END + anagram of DO A REVUE
13 LOP
Cut record with a hole in the middle (3) LP outside O
14 WHIPPERSNAPPER
Cheeky young lad’s weight disconcerted nipper, perhaps (14) W + anagram of NIPPER PERHAPS
18 IMPRESSIONABLE
Sensitive urchin research is withdrawn, concerning expert (14) IMP + RES + (IS reversed) + ON + ABLE
22 LOT
Share half of red wine (3) mer(LOT)
23 ILLUSTRATOR
Sick American deserter giving up one artist (11) ILL + US + (TRAITOR minus I)
26 OUTFITTER
Ring trade union backing trimmer and tailor (9) O + (TU reversed) + FITTER
27 GAINS
Gets gas disconnected outside home (5) GAS outside IN
28 SUPPER
Starter of prawns included in great meal (6) (P)rawns inside SUPER
29 ADULTERY
True lady’s incongruous action? (8) Anagram of TRUE LADY
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SIGNED
Endorsed study taken by American soldiers returning (6) (DEN + GIS) reversed
2 BREADTH
Sourdough, for example, served with nearly all of the spread (7) BREAD + (TH)e
3 RUMBA
Couple from band behind strange dance music (5) (BA)nd after RUM
4 COMMONERS
Cold men’s room unsettled ordinary people (9) C + anagram of MENS ROOM
6 MELODRAMA
Model prepared to push a theatrical production (9) Anagram of MODEL + RAM + A
7 LEG SLIP
Lancashire’s opener, for example, cutting for one close to the keeper (3,4) (L)ancashire + EG + SLIP
8 SET APART
Isolated source of water, listed in rates, varied (3,5) TAP inside anagram of RATES
9 SOAR
The sound made by annoyed fly (4) Sounds like SORE
15 PRECIPICE
Pimm’s original recipe, served mostly with ice, is a great drop (9) (P)imm + (RECIP)e + ICE
16 SPONSORED
Cross embedded in small body of water should be supported (9) SORE inside (S + POND)
17 MILLIONS
Factory is carrying on with a lot of money (8) MILL + (IS outside ON)
19 PIT STOP
Break in trip – it’s to pause? (3,4) triP ITS TO Pause
20 LATRINE
Variety of rat spotted in rank toilet (7) Anagram of RAT inside LINE
21 CRUSTY
Brittle fungus seen in outskirts of city? (6) RUST inside (C)it(Y)
24 LITE
Ingredients of nutritional items low in calories (4) nutritionaL ITEms
25 REGAL
Magnificent beer tipped over (5) LAGER reversed

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 6/4/2024, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (Easter 2024) Worked Solution

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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 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 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 answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
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 (Easter Jigsaw 2024) Solution

 

 

 

 

 

For ease of producing this solution I have numbered the crossword and clues conventionally.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
7 EXPLOIT
Take advantage of scheme mostly used in evacuation (7) (PLO)t inside EXIT
8 GRANDEE
Angered drunken Spanish nobleman of the highest rank (7) Anagram of ANGERED
10 ARMING
Doing damage down at the front supplying weapons (6) (h)ARMING
11 ANACONDA
Outdoor adventure store operating in different parts of Canada (8) ON inside anagram of CANADA
12 STUN
Taser caused sharp pain mostly (4) (STUN)g
13 RABBIT EARS
Religious leader pulls apart broadcast receiver (6,4) RABBI + TEARS
14 BETTING SHOP
Gambling centre is to take place adjacent to rough nightspot (7,4) BE + anagram of NIGHTSPOT
19 TROCHANTER
Irregular crater not apparent around hard part of femur (10) Anagram of CRATER NOT outside H
22 SALT
Section of analysis altered common preservative (4) sanalysiS ALTered
23 ESTRANGE
Established area is split up (8) EST + RANGE
24 BRAISE
Sprig of basil to enhance stew? (6) (B)asil + RAISE
25 REAMERS
They bore me in lifts (7) ME inside REARS
26 PSALTER
Note added to letter to change devotional book (7) PS + ALTER
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 EXCRETA
Old Greek islander reduced waste (7) EX + CRETA(n)
2 ALLIANCE
Everybody misinterpreted a nice partnership (8) ALL + anagram of A NICE
3 SINGER
Voice recording short of length, right? (6) SINGLE minus L + R
4 TREATIES
Surprise that is added to first part of secret agreements (8) TREAT + IE + (S)ecret
5 ENCORE
Men not opening centre with an extra performance (6) (m)EN + CORE
6 READERS
Resolution breached by a revolutionary written up for university lecturers (7) RES outside [A + (RED reversed)]
9 CARBON STEEL
Moulded bracelets containing active metal alloy (6,5) Anagram of BRACELETS outside ON
15 TRAINERS
Coaches organised rest with wet weather intervening (8) Anagram of REST outside RAIN
16 OBSTACLE
A telco’s worked around hub’s final difficulty (8) Anagram of A TELCOS outside hu(B)
17 TRUSTEE
Guardian’s sign of deterioration in area of golf (7) RUST inside TEE
18 BLISTER
Second-rate celebrity’s elevated spot? (7) B-LISTER
20 CHROMA
Macro rewritten about high quality of colour (6) Anagram of MACRO outside H
21 ROBUST
Powerful coach involved in corruption (6) BUS inside ROT

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AFR Easter 2024 Clueless Solution


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AFR Cryptic (Easter, 2024) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 NOTICEABLE
Obvious illicit drug taken by VIP (10) ICE inside NOTABLE
6 SPEC
Small muscle’s detailed description (4) S + PEC
10 UMBER
Deep brown wood, trimmed at one end (5) (l)UMBER
11 PERCOLATE
Make coffee late after agent returned with company (9) LATE after (REP reversed + CO)
12 ABSEILER
Able seaman with another heard one climbing down? (8) AB + sounds like SAILOR
13 ACCOST
Act reduced expenditure to work as a solicitor (6) AC(t) + COST
15 LOCATE
Track down members of bloc at embassy (6) bLOC AT Embassy
16 ONE-STAR
Comfortable accommodation secured by rower is poorly rated (3-4) NEST inside OAR
18 NAB
Get hold of bank (3) Double Definition
19 STARVED
Extremely hungry principal opposing representative of education (7) STAR + V + ED
21 UNEASE
Doubt members of commune – a sect (6) commUNE A SEct
24 ACCORD
A conductor primarily joined up to lead concert (6) A + (C)onductor + CORD
25 PINAFORE
Sort of apron if extended at the front? (8) Anagram of APRON IF + (E)xtended
27 STIPULATE
Lay down fresh tulips at back of gravestone (9) Anagram of TULIPS + AT + graveston(E)
28 COAST
Sail cover snagged on pole (5) COAT outside S
29 NEED
Listened to work’s requirement (4) Sounds like KNEAD
30 CENSORSHIP
Leading member of college distributed porn – is she withholding material? (10) (C)ollege + anagram of PORN IS SHE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 NOUGAT
Sweet not containing large centre of sugar (6) NOT outside s(UGA)r
2 TABASCO
Bill company stocking, for instance, hot stuff (7) (TAB + CO) outside AS
3 CARDINAL VIRTUE
Lucid narrative loosely presented a chief moral quality (8,6) Anagram of LUCID NARRATIVE
4 APPREHENDS
Picks up recycled paper with hard edges (10) Anagram of PAPER + H + ENDS
5 LORD
Peer’s share pinched by earl or duke (4) earL OR Duke
7 PLAY OUT
Continue to sulk about position (4,3) POUT outside LAY
8 CREATORS
A rector’s converted innovative people (8) Anagram of A RECTORS
9 CONCRETE CANCER
Head of construction reviewed a concern about Greek island’s structural problem? (8,6) (C)onstruction + (anagram of A CONCERN outside CRETE)
14 DO BUSINESS
Deal with distribution of bond issues (2,8) Anagram of BOND ISSUES
17 ASSASSIN
Fool twice elected – bravo! (8) ASS + ASS + IN
20 ARCHIVE
A church, swamped by river, mostly saved historic documents (7) A + [CH inside (RIVE)r]
22 STOMACH
School providing refuge for cat and a bear (7) SCH outside (TOM +A)
23 BELT UP
Stop talking and get ready to drive (4,2) Double Definition
26 FARE
Cost of transport is reasonable by the sound of it (4) Sounds like FAIR

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AFR Cryptic, Easter Jigsaw 2024, Clue Hints

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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 answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The entire answer 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 phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
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 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 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 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 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, Easter 2024, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (23/3/2024) 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.
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.

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 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.

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 entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram indicator will be present.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

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

The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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AFR Cryptic (23/3/2024) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SUSPENDERS
Shoppers, say, pinching American braces (10) SPENDERS outside US
6 MAUL
Severely criticise new compilation of album lacking band’s original piece (4) Anagram of ALBUM minus (B)and
10 OVERALL
Lover switched around a large blanket (7) Anagram of LOVER + A + L
11 LENDING
Provision of funds is close to normal – close (7) norma(L) + ENDING
12 ASTRONOMY
Science recreated moon in a small test (9) Anagram of MOON inside (A + S + TRY)
13 PEACE
Work of art expressed tranquillity (5) Sounds like PIECE
14 APPEAR
Develop software linked to listening device (6) APP + EAR
16 ANDROID
Robot and staff moved around iodine (7) (AND + ROD) outside I
17 DIG
Like it removed from finger, for example (3) DIGIT minus IT
19 FREEZER
Appliance that keeps things cold for nothing? Almost nothing (7) FREE + (ZER)o
20 EARNER
One who brings in new driver not keeping left (6) LEARNER minus L
23 REALM
Field of study on charity mostly (5) RE + (ALM)s
24 OVERHEADS
Hero saved mismanaged money needed to run a business (9) Anagram of HERO SAVED
26 MAILLOT
Send parcel and tights (7) MAIL + LOT
27 TABLOID
Betting agency with nothing appearing in top newspaper (7) TAB + (O inside LID)
28 SAGE
Wise person to settle dispute just at the end (4) SAG + disput(E)
29 GEORGE BASS
Explorer of Australia’s east, spotted in ravine through which a river may run deep (6,4) E inside GORGE + BASS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STOWAWAY
One seeking free trip to state in control (8) (TO + WA) inside SWAY
2 SPELT
Wheat is smashed primarily by rain hard (5) (S)mashed + PELT
3 EVAPORATED MILK
Joke ultimately improved a talk about processed dairy product (10,4) jok(E) + anagram of IMPROVED A TALK
4 DOLLOP
Helping to complete returned survey (6) DO + (POLL reversed)
5 RALLYING
Call about friend on the mend (8) RING outside ALLY
7 ANIMATION
I’m in a country film with unreal characters (9) IM inside (A + NATION)
8 LEGGED
Sporting members led around baby carrier (6) LED outside (EGG)
9 UNAPPROACHABLE
Remote, rough sections of a popular beach, populated by nudists originally (14) Anagram of A POPULAR BEACH outside (N)udists
15 PARTAKING
Sharing role played by a master (9) PART + A + KING
16 AIR
Trade show lacking fine exhibit (3) FAIR minus F
17 DEPORTEE
One sent overseas tied up golf location (8) ROPED reversed + TEE
18 CRUSADES
Drives used cars all over the place (8) Anagram of USED CARS
21 DRAMAS
A little bit of alcohol, for instance, works for actor (6) DRAM + AS
22 FETTER
Hamper’s cheese of sound quality (6) Sounds like FETA
25 ALOHA
A star of Irish Wish cut short island greeting (5) A + (LOHA)n

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 23/3/2024, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (16/3/2024) 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.
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.
The answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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 found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
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 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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