The Stickler Weekly 251

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The Stickler Weekly 251 Clue Hints

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

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

A word or 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.
A word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over etc.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The 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, then the entire result is reversed. The type of container clue involved is determined by an appropriate containment indicator.
A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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The Stickler Weekly 251 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

Some cryptic crosswords are tough purely because local lingo is used and not understood by all, especially those living outside of Australia. This post seeks to fill this vernacular gap.

The clues listed here may contain a component not familiar to all outside of Australia.

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The Stickler Weekly 250 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOCIABLE
Outgoing taxi transporting one parting individual (8) (I inside CAB) inside SOLE
5 FARROW
A good way to scrap litter (6) FAR + ROW
9 EPILEPSY
Nervous disorder may be written down in records close to surgery (8) PILE inside EPS + SURGER(Y)
10 WEAPON
Gained victory holding modified pea shooter, say (6) WON outside anagram of PEA
12 HOARD
Put away ring found in complex (5) O inside HARD
13 OVERSHOOT
Drive away in public and go too far (9) SHOO inside OVERT
15 LENIENT
Tender that is needed initially in period of little consumption (7) [IE + (N)EEDED] inside LENT
17 SPATULA
St Paul reworked second part of Galatians – it’s uplifting (7) Anagram of ST PAUL + G(A)LATIANS
19 GRANTEE
Social worker, consumed by greed, docked person given money (7) ANT inside (GREE)D
21 SICKENS
One of the family, nursing a broken neck, falls ill (7) SIS outside anagram of NECK
22 TOTEM POLE
Symbol a tribe used to love in a holy place (5,4) TO + (O inside TEMPLE)
24 RADIO
Wireless controller, a diode to some extent (5) controlleR A DIOde
26 FRIEND
Devil taking possession of king’s companion (6) FIEND outside R(ex)
27 FINALIST
Swimming association to tip a possible winner (8) FINA + LIST
28 NUGGET
Shooter recalled contract item that’s valuable (6) GUN reversed + GET
29 CHANDLER
Dealer caught with boxer’s trainer (8) C + HANDLER
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SEE THE LIGHT
Understand rage shown by moderate (3,3,5) SEETHE + LIGHT
2 CHINA
Boxer’s target – a national title (5) CHIN + A
3 AMENDMENT
Change commercial about people – people heading to town (9) AD outside MEN + MEN + (T)OWN
4 LOSE OUT
Group living on the outskirts of Seoul greatly suffer (4,3) LOT outside (SEOU)L
6 AREAS
Fields are grassy in the centre (5) ARE + GR(AS)SY
7 REPRODUCE
Clone expert breaking contract (9) PRO inside REDUCE
8 WAN
White waterbird down south (3) SWAN minus S
11 SEES
Watches first and last parts of a three-part series (4) (SE)RI(ES)
14 TRANSPORTER
Large truck handled diversion going into territory (11) (RAN + SPORT) inside TER
16 NEAR THING
Leader kept from revealing close call (4,5) U(NEARTHING)
18 ASCERTAIN
Fix broken car seat at home (9) Anagram of CAR SEAT + IN
20 EROS
Cross held up God (4) SORE reversed
21 SWEDISH
Edition written in elegant language (7) ED inside SWISH
23 MANSE
Part of clergyman’s estate? (5) clergyMANS Estate
25 DRILL
Instruction tool that gets a bit used (5) Double Definition
26 FIN
Stabiliser of high quality mostly (3) (FIN)E

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 8/12/2018, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (1/12/2018) Worked Solution

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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.
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 entire answer can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
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 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.
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) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

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

The answer is 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.

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AFR Cryptic (1/12/2018) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEDICURIST
Salon employee is pictured in a strange setting (10) Anagram of IS PICTURED
6 PASS
Free ticket is nearly out-of-date (4) (PASS)E
10 POLITICAL LEADER
One contact inside replied to a represented party bigwig? (9,6) (I + CALL) inside anagram of REPLIED TO A
11 WRANGLED
Went fishing after world record is disputed (8) ANGLED after WR
12 AUDIT
Systematic check once omitted from review of education? (5) Anagram of EDUCATION minus ONCE
14 HOOROO
Farewell hood cut down by mob member (6) (HOO)D + ROO
16 ASSASSIN
Fool twice elected – bravo! (8) ASS twice + IN
18 TEST SIDE
Established opener from SA in current national team (4,4) [EST + (S)A] inside TIDE
20 RECEDE
Withdraw writer’s last point included in revised creed (6) WRIT(E)R inside anagram of CREED
22 PASTA
Finished a dish high in carbohydrates (5) PAST + A
24 FLAGSHIP
Admiral’s vessel drops in (8) FLAGS + HIP
27 PENAL SETTLEMENT
Convict colony’s “P” section housing extraordinary talents (5,10) (P + ELEMENT) outside anagram of TALENTS
28 RHEA
Bird poacher scrambled free of cop (4) Anagram of POACHER minus COP
29 STEPHENSON
Rocket designer steps forward holding layer from battery (10) (STEPS ON) outside HEN
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PAPA
Baby food given by a father (4) PAP + A
2 DELIRIOUS
Mad and upset about reminders to pay debts (9) RILED reversed + IOUS
3 CUT IN
Copper can enter traffic without due consideration (3,2) CU + TIN
4 RECALL
Remember everything at end of record (6) ALL after REC
5 SOLIDUS
Slash firm land (7) SOLID + US
7 AIDED
Helped “New Idea” with distribution initially (5) Anagram of IDEA + (D)ISTRIBUTION
8 SCRUTINEER
Secure tin fiddled with by right election official (10) Anagram of SECURE + TIN + R
9 SEPARATE
Individual’s copies raised price (8) APES reversed + RATE
13 WHITE PAPER
Broken water pipe filled with hydrogen is government issue (5,5) Anagram of WATER PIPE outside H
15 OBSTACLE
Reconnected cables to barricade (8) Anagram of CABLES TO
16 ALE
Occupants of local expected an alcoholic beverage (3) locAL Expected
17 SPECIMENS
Samples with iodine workers stored in glasses (9) (I + MEN) inside SPECS
19 DEFLECT
Bend start of line in error (7) (L)INE inside DEFECT
21 GAS TAP
Fuel plug sat askew in hole (3,3) Anagram of SAT inside GAP
23 SENSE
Fellow released by Essendon worked out reason (5) Anagram of ESSENDON minus DON
25 SUEDE
Used frayed end of shoe leather (5) Anagram of USED + SHO(E)
26 STUN
Taser caused sharp pain mostly (4) (STUN)G

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The Stickler Weekly 250

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The Stickler Weekly 250 Clue Hints

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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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 250 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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The Stickler Weekly 249 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FIREWORK
Explosive anger was lacking when in branch (8) [IRE + (WAS minus AS)] inside FORK
5 SPARSE
Boxes are, at the end, few and far between (6) SPARS + AR(E)
10 RIPEN
Get ready to pick new inspector, ignoring cost (5) Anagram of INSPECTOR minus COST
11 UNIFORMED
Tertiary institution set up and fitted out (9) UNI + FORMED
12 EYESHADOW
Department in store, yes, had own make-up? (9) storE YES HAD OWn
13 RINGS
Gymnastics apparatus buzzes (5) Double Definition
14 LEASED
Rented launch at first moved slowly (6) (L)AUNCH + EASED
15 RUSTLER
Governor checking street – one taking stock (7) RULER outside ST
18 APTNESS
Felicity retrieved broadcast in health resort (7) (SENT inside SPA) reversed
20 FRILLY
Fish, biting poorly, gathered (6) FRY outside ILL
22 TOWER
It may be used to draw a tall building (5) Double Definition
24 EVOCATIVE
Voice a vet reproduced is haunting (9) Anagram of VOICE A VET
25 CHIEFTAIN
Tribal leader that is held by feet bound by chain (9) (IE + FT) inside CHAIN
26 IRONS
Presses right on, travelling through island (5) (R + ON) inside IS
27 ENTREE
A thousand dollars given up by spoilt teenager for course (6) Anagram of TEENAGER minus (A + G)
28 TENNYSON
Any sonnet rewritten without input of a great poet (8) Anagram of ANY SONNET minus A
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 FORGET
Lose track of time completing counterfeit (6) T after FORGE
2 REPRESENT
Stand for show once more (9) Double Definition
3 WINCHESTER RIFLE
Shooter’s blunder listed in secure case file strangely (10,5) ERR inside (WIN + CHEST + anagram of FILE)
4 ROUNDED
Curved length of wood wrapping under mostly (7) ROD outside (UNDE)R
6 PROCRASTINATION
Stalling in carport is not normally seen by many people (15) Anagram of CARPORT IS + NATION
7 ROMAN
Variation of normal, abridged Italian (5) Anagram of (NORMA)L
8 END USERS
Consumers from America invested in banks, say, losing out initially (3,5) US inside L(ENDERS)
9 VIEWER
We roped in contender’s observer (6) WE inside VIER
16 LOLLIPOPS
Sticky sweets? (9) Cryptic Definition
17 CANTICLE
Pious platitudes left in cool religious song (8) CANT + (L inside ICE)
19 SEESAW
Watch cutting tool oscillate (6) SEE + SAW
20 FLOUNCE
Twist piece added on to dress (7) Double Definition
21 LESSON
Teaching without working (6) LESS + ON
23 WHIST
Bridge player transformed this card game (5) W + anagram of THIS

 

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