AFR Cryptic, Saturday 27/5/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (20/5/2017) Worked Solution

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

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 entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
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AFR Cryptic (20/5/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BARBED
Rail and support used for sleeper is spiked (6) BAR + BED
5 BASICS
Form of tax is incorporating cold hard facts (6) (BAS + IS) outside C
8 FIGURE OF SPEECH
Drunken officers gee up hooligans primarily with colourful language (6,2,6) Anagram of OFFICERS GEE UP + (H)OOLIGANS
10 CHAFER
Provoke river beetle (6) CHAFE + R
11 ONCE MORE
Way of working in encore changed again (4,4) MO inside anagram of ENCORE
13 LEAN
Bony heel (4) Double Definition
14 PROSPECTUS
Business plan put process in a new light (10) Anagram of PUT PROCESS
17 THE WIGGLES
Colourful singing group’s weight treated with mixture of gels (3,7) Anagram of WEIGHT + anagram of GELS
18 WARM
Westpac’s first branch is friendly and responsive (4) (W)ESTPAC + ARM
20 EXPOSING
Letting out feral pigeons marked with a cross (8) Anagram of PIGEONS outside X
22 LEPERS
The French person giving up on social outcasts (6) LE + (PERSON minus ON)
24 UNMENTIONABLES
Eccentric noble aunt is collecting men’s underwear (14) Anagram of NOBLE AUNT IS outside MEN
25 SLATED
Recorded a time spent in snow vehicle (6) (A + T) inside SLED
26 ENDURO
Target group, with restrictions lifted, prepared for a long-distance race? (6) END + anagram of (G)ROU(P)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 AGGRAVATE
Large tank stored in garage destroyed compound (9) VAT inside anagram of GARAGE
3 BARLEY
Through gathering variety of real grain? (6) BY outside anagram of REAL
4 DOOM
State of mind reflected final judgement (4) MOOD reversed
5 BUSINESSES
Coach is not lacking sense about money-making ventures (10) (BUS + IS) outside anagram of SENSE
6 SKEWERED
Broken pieces of desk, kept outside, were pinned (8) Anagram of DESK outside WERE
7 CACAO
A chap oddly tucked into firm chocolate ingredient (5) [A + (C)h(A)p] inside CO
8 FACILITIES
Different AFL cities entertaining one with resources (10) Anagram of AFL CITIES outside I
9 PESSIMISTS
They expect the worst spies distributed films (10) Anagram of SPIES + MISTS
12 ORIGINATED
Misguided editor consuming alcohol before article is launched (10) Anagram of EDITOR outside (GIN + A)
15 TRAVELLER
Teller, accepting enthusiastic praise, cut off mobile salesman (9) TELLER outside (RAV)E
16 MISSPELT
Fail to notice “teem” written incorrectly (8) MISS + PELT
19 REWARD
Cheque writer picked up pay (6) DRAWER reversed
21 PANEL
Large long photograph is left behind glass (5) L after PANE
23 CORE
Middle section of garlic or eschalot (4) garliC OR Eschalot

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The Stickler Weekly 179

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The Stickler Weekly 179 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.

The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The 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.

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.

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.
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The Stickler Weekly 179 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.

(click on the clue number to see the inside information)


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Like to add something I’ve missed to help others, or comment on a meaning, term or expression? Please leave a reply below.

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The Stickler Weekly 178 Solution

English can be a frustrating language, what with its multiple ways of expressing the same thing, many meanings and word forms for the same “word”, and countless variations of spelling and pronounciations. Of course, it’s most of these things that allow cryptic crosswords to exist – without synonyms crosswords simply wouldn’t have been invented. I especially like pure “luck”, when words are joined to make a completely unrelated word (like A BAND ON) or when one word is put inside another creating a magic new word. Such is the case in this crossword with 1-down, where FLESH gets put inside RIOT giving RIFLE-SHOT. It’s a joy when something like this is spotted, because it doesn’t happen that often and I know a straightforward clue construction is in the offing.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RECONCILED
Circle done out of shape is patched up (10) Anagram of CIRCLE DONE
6 POP
Music that initially appealed to the young father (3) Double Definition
8 FRAGMENT
Split up old cloth pieces measured in feet (8) (RAG + MEN) inside FT
9 CALL IN
Withdraw from start of college, exhausted (4,2) (C)OLLEGE + ALL IN
10 ETCH
Eat into piece of bittersweet chocolate (4) bittersweET CHocolate
11 INELEGANCE
Tipsy niece embracing member with an awkwardness (10) Anagram of NIECE outside (LEG + AN)
12 HOLD HANDS
Hard veterans display unity (4,5) H + OLD HANDS
14 HARSH
Hospital treated rash that’s severe (5) H + anagram of RASH
17 THERE
That place, the area in the middle (5) THE + A(RE)A
19 HYPERTEXT
Hot former partner used in pretty rotten reference material (9) H + (EX inside anagram of PRETTY)
22 FOR CERTAIN
Powerful group damaged train without doubt (3,7) FORCE + anagram of TRAIN
23 BUSH
Scrub a metal sleeve used in drilling (4) Double Definition
24 REVIEW
Assessment on contest was lacking, for instance (6) RE + VIE + (WAS minus AS)
25 NAIL-FILE
Zip around a queue with digital maintenance equipment (4-4) NIL outside A + FILE
26 SEE
Recognise marine in audience (3) Sounds like SEA
27 RESENTMENT
Bitterness projected by the writer during split (10) (SENT + ME) inside RENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RIFLE-SHOT
Gunfire one’s own family witnessed in mob violence (5-4) FLESH inside RIOT
2 CHANCEL
Opening large part of a church reserved for the clergy and choir (7) CHANCE + L
3 CHEMICAL
He laminated stuff in chlorine substance produced in a lab (8) (HE + MICA) inside CL
4 LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Believers translated it, say, inaccurately (6-3,6) Anagram of TRANSLATED IT SAY
5 DOCKED
Dropped anchor may be cut off (6) Double Definition
6 PULL APART
Dismantle trap totally back to front (4,5) (TRAP + ALL UP) reversed
7 PRINCES
Sovereigns to be not initially included in monetary worth (7) (N)OT inisde PRICES
13 DIRECTIVE
Sort of credit that is broken by opposing ruling (9) Anagram of CREDIT + (IE outside V)
15 HATCHMENT
Soldiers, following plan on time, armed device? (9) (MEN after HATCH) + T
16 NEON SIGN
No mingling with officer’s public promotion (4,4) NO mingling with ENSIGN
18 HOOTERS
Head office refitted store’s sirens (7) HO + anagram of STORE
20 ELUSIVE
The Spanish American I have contracted is difficult to describe (7) EL + US + IVE
21 BREWER
Beer maker’s bar doing without a large jug (6) BAR minus A + EWER

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 20/5/2017, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (13/5/2017) Worked Solution

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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.
The entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

A word or series of words that signify the 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.

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

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.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 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 (13/5/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 IMPLIED
Prankster didn’t tell the truth as suggested (7) IMP + LIED
5 DOLLARS
Attractive woman, for instance, accepting right money (7) (DOLL + AS) outside R
9 STURTS DESERT PEA
Superstar tested cultivated Australian plant that grows in dry regions (6,6,3) Anagram of SUPERSTAR TESTED
10 NAPLES
Planes rescheduled for town in Italy (6) Anagram of PLANES
11 CONCORDE
Old jet’s broken front section repaired with heavy line? (8) CORD inside CONE
13 ABSTAINING
A bishop making a mark is staying neutral (10) A + B + STAINING
15 BARS
Bathers not holding on to the railings (4) BATHERS minus THE
18 EMIT
News magazine backed issue (4) TIME reversed
19 SIDEWINDER
Missile’s end is wired incorrectly (10) Anagram of END IS WIRED
21 MALINGER
Loaf left by one in Jesus’s birthplace (8) (L + I) inside MANGER
22 MAGPIE
Irrational character in game bashed up AFL player (6) PI inside anagram of GAME
25 SLIP OF THE TONGUE
Drunken hopeful gets into unplanned speaking engagement? (4,2,3,6) Anagram of HOPEFUL GETS INTO
26 NUGGETY
Thickset guy gent messed with (7) Anagram of GUY GENT
27 TRESSES
Hair highlights trimmed at the front (7) S(TRESSES)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 INSINUATE
Make out new form of annuities (9) Anagram of ANNUITIES
2 PLUMP
Back of heel in shoe is somewhat rounded (5) HEE(L) inside PUMP
3 IN THE BAG
Secured hoodlum originally involved in rough beating (2,3,3) (H)OODLUM inside anagram of BEATING
4 DUDS
These are useless trousers (4) Double Definition
5 DISCOUNTED
Dance tune re-recorded by Delta is marked down (10) DISCO + anagram of TUNE + D
6 LYRICS
Song’s words crisply broadcast without piano accompaniment (6) Anagram of CRISPLY minus P
7 AMPERSAND
Sign of togetherness? (9) Cryptic Definition
8 SHAKE
Small fish flourish (5) S + HAKE
12 INDIRECTLY
Current temperature in cylinder adjusted in a devious way (10) I + (T inside anagram of CYLINDER)
14 SHIELDING
Screening I had set up in broken English (9) ID reversed inside anagram of ENGLISH
16 SORCERESS
Reserve entering different scores? Such a charming person! (9) RES inside anagram of SCORES
17 PINAFORE
Protective clothing one enthusiast picked up in small outlet (8) [I + (FAN reversed)] inside PORE
20 IN LOVE
Infatuated one re-ordered novel (2,4) I + anagram of NOVEL
21 MASON
Builder’s mother and child (5) MA + SON
23 PAGES
Asks for contents of a book (5) Double Definition
24 LEFT
Socialist took off (4) Double Definition

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The Stickler Weekly 178

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

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

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The Stickler Weekly 178 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

Need more hints for these or other clues? Just leave a reply below.



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6-down

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The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
The answer is 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.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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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