AFR Cryptic, Saturday 16/1/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (9/1/2021) 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (9/1/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BALANCED DIET
Healthy selection of food opened up before break in club (8,4) (LANCED + DIE) inside BAT
9 MASSACRES
Extensive area of land blows away (9) MASS ACRES
10 TORTE
Slices of currant or tea cake (5) curranT OR TEa
11 NORMAL
Typical sort of manor close to Bowral (6) Anagram of MANOR + bowra(L)
12 PARAMOUR
Illicit lover a crowd dunked in stream (8) (A + RAM) inside POUR
14 FUNCTIONAL
Useful ointment, one in a form of fluid (10) (UNCTION + A) inside FL
15 FLOG
Push Volkswagen backwards (4) GOLF reversed
17 EAST
Banquet not beginning with main course (4) (f)EAST
19 SOLE TRADER
Business owner adjusted rate in fusible alloy (4,6) Anagram of RATE inside SOLDER
22 TENDENCY
TV station deny accepting copyright liability (8) TEN + (DENY outside C)
23 BUFFET
Selection of food on offer with batter (6) Double Definition
25 ROOTS
Time taken by members of mob and underground network (5) ROOS outside T
26 CAUTIONED
Chapter one in audit oddly is put on notice (9) C + (ONE inside anagram of AUDIT)
27 SNAKE CHARMER
Mean hackers sabotaged right person with a fascinating job (5,7) Anagram of MEAN HACKERS + R
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 ALSO-RAN
A loser, badly lacking in energy – an unplaced competitor (4-3) (Angaram of A LOSER minus E) + AN
3 AMARANTH
Group of doctors worked with reduced amount of the red food colouring (8) AMA + RAN + (TH)e
4 CURE
Outspoken one standing in line is correct (4) Sounds like QUEUER
5 DISPARAGED
I had lifted box over the hill and run down (10) ID reversed + SPAR + AGED
6 IN-TRAY
International fish collector at work (2-4) INT + RAY
7 TURMOIL
Cocktail of rum, consumed during work, confused situation (7) Anagram of RUM inside TOIL
8 REFRIGERATED
Sports official admired after outfit heading to exit is cooled down (12) REF + RATED after [RIG + (E)xit]
9 MAN OF LETTERS
Academic implicated felon in allegations to be considered by a court (3,2,7) Anagram of FELON inside MATTERS
13 MOTORCYCLE
Disconcerted money collector missing lone scrambler, say (10) Anagram of MONEY COLLECTOR minus LONE
16 CROUPIER
Clubs misrepresented our support for a casino’s employee (8) C + anagram of OUR + PIER
18 SENIORS
Soldiers on broadcast ignoring old people getting on (7) Anagram of SOLDIERS ON minus OLD
20 DEFENCE
Feed distributed by one kicked out of nice shelter (7) Anagram of FEED + (NICE minus I)
21 GEISHA
Part of village is happy with Japanese entertainer (6) villaGE IS HAppy
24 RUSH
Speed up plant developing on shore (4) Double Definition

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 9/1/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (NY 2021) Worked Solution

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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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 (NY 2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUT A DASH
Such data manipulated to make a striking impression (3,1,4) Anagram of SUCH DATA
5 CHAD
Combined group in church addressed African nation (4) churCH ADdressed
8 DRIVERS
Clubs close to polluted waterways (7) pollute(D) + RIVERS
14 WHOOP
Loud cry doctor on TV produced before operation (5) WHO + OP
15 LEARNER
Apprentice left profitable enterprise (7) L + EARNER
16 ASTRODOME
Enclosed sports centre, for instance, staff recognised in book (9) AS + (ROD inside TOME)
17 IMPASTO
I am after origin of old painting (7) IM + PAST + (O)ld
18 BANDITS
Thieves by the way involved in scraps (7) AND inside BITS
19 CUSTARD
Big name tucked into processed food and dessert (7) STAR inside CUD
20 LOCATE
Track down members of bloc at embassy (6) bLOC AT Embassy
22 DEGENERATE
Impure form of energy green represented in meeting? (10) (E + anagram of GREEN) inside DATE
23 SPIKE
Skewer an ear of corn (5) Double Definition
24 PARALYSE
A player’s repositioned and put out of action (8) Anagram of A PLAYERS
26 LEASES
Sale changed focus of domestic rental agreements (6) Anagram of SALE + dom(ES)tic
28 CAME TO
Team reassigned in company recovered (4,2) Anagram of TEAM inside CO
31 MEAT PIE
MasterChef’s original cooked pate that is one of Australia’s favourite foods (4,3) (M)asterchef + anagram of PATE + IE
32 FETED
Honoured leader of Thailand during plentiful meal (5) (T)hailand inside FEED
34 LAMINATE
Cover a minister put in at the last second (8) (A + MIN) inside LATE
37 MEA CULPA
Clam up wrongly about each admission of guilt (3,5) Anagram of CLAM UP outside EA
39 DUMMY
Wet soft earth turned over by my open hand (5) MUD reversed + MY
40 ROSTRUM
Platform shoes primarily handled by cobblers? Strange (7) (S)hoes inside ROT + RUM
43 RIBBON
Tease bishop about decorative material (6) RIB + B + ON
45 RISING
Lifting is supported in wrestling arena (6) IS inside RING
47 CHEERING
A great deal of audacity demonstrated by band is encouraging (8) (CHEE)k + RING
49 GORGE
Leave wild party, missing out on a feast (5) GO + (RAGE minus A)
50 ORCHESTRAS
They create music or unusual art in musical (10) OR + (anagram of ART inside CHESS)
53 SPARTA
Greek city’s craftsmanship on display in spring (6) ART inside SPA
56 AROUSED
Excited baron, out of bounds, took drugs? (7) b)ARO(n + USED
58 UPLOADS
Data transfers Middle Eastern political group used with advantage in America (7) (PLO + AD) inside US
59 RIPOSTE
Right that is reinforced by standard response (7) (R + IE) outside POST
61 IN EARNEST
Close bird sanctuary after one? Seriously! (2,7) (NEAR + NEST) after I
62 AT ONE GO
A hundred runs, for example, scored before duck in a single effort (2,3,2) A + TON + EG + O
63 OBAMA
Employees committed to job amazed former leader? (5) jOB AMAzed
64 MUSTERS
Marshals rest uneasily after problem with retirement (7) Anagram of REST after SUM reversed
65 RIDE
Drive and walk down street (4) STRIDE minus ST
66 PARAKEET
A gardening tool bitten by pet bird (8) (A + RAKE) inside PET
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COWGIRL
Western woman returned outfit wearing hood (7) RIG reversed inside COWL
2 TROOP
Officer at the start in Australian case set up military unit (5) (O)fficer inside PORT reversed
3 DEPOSIT SLIP
Form of banking overseas, one used in department by mistake (7,4) (OS + I) inside DEPT + SLIP
4 SOLD ON
Antique owned by family member is exchanged for money (4,2) OLD inside SON
6 HARDINESS
Has taken over opening of royal feasts with resolution (9) HAS outside [(R)oyal + DINES]
7 DEAD SEA
A deed’s amended in connection with a large expanse of saltwater (4,3) Anagram of A DEEDS + A
8 DETACHED
Cold detective felt pain (8) DET + ACHED
9 ICONS
Pictures are not needed in new scenario (5) Anagram of SCENARIO minus ARE
10 EVOCATIVE
Haunting place that’s sheltered upset natives inside borders? (9) COVE reversed + n(ATIVE)s
11 SPEED DEMON
Habitually fast driver needs moped completely rebuilt (5,5) Anagram of NEEDS MOPED
12 MARBLE
Broken alarm bell not containing all hard material (6) Anagram of ALARM BELL minus ALL
13 UNINTERESTED
Indifferent university reconfigured Net ready to work (12) UNI + anagram of NET + RESTED
21 CORSAGE
Flowers, bundled together, droop in the centre (7) SAG inside CORE
23 SPAIN
Meat that’s processed largely in a European country (5) (SPA)m + IN
24 POMP
Ostentation and power behind one from the old country (4) P after POM
25 SEEMLY
See one unemployed in Manly that’s decent? (6) SEE + (MANLY minus AN)
27 SPLAYD
Consumer’s tool is removed from different displays (6) Anagram of DISPLAYS minus IS
29 AFFAIR
A fine gathering of producers to promote business activity (6) A + F + FAIR
30 SMIRCH
Dirty edges fixed up next to church (6) RIMS reversed + CH
33 DEMONSTRATOR
Guitar owned by master or exhibitionist (12) STRAT inside (DEMON + OR)
35 TERRIER
Keen person’s lapse inside bank (7) ERR inside TIER
36 SMUG
Superior adhesives turned up (4) GUMS reversed
38 CHORE
Routine task that’s hard in essence (5) H inside CORE
41 SLEEP APNOEA
Sane people worked out a problem for some retired people (5,6) Anagram of SANE PEOPLE + A
42 PRAGMATISM
Treated stigma carried by pusher with common sense (10) Anagram of STIGMA inside PRAM
44 BURROWERS
They undermine prickly case linked to debtors (9) BURR + OWERS
46 STEELYARD
Restyled a replaced weighing machine (9) Anagram of RESTYLED A
48 BOLDNESS
Large object held back by supervisor is brass (8) (L + END reversed) inside BOSS
51 CLUTTER
Mess left in small sailing vessel (7) L inside CUTTER
52 ANSWER
Acknowledge a state centre in Canterbury (6) A + NSW + cant(ER)bury
54 ABEYANT
Inactive church building abandoned by bishop and social worker (7) ABBEY minus B + ANT
55 AREOLA
Region around a nipple ring, left covered with patch (6) (O + L) inside AREA
57 SERVE
Dish up some appetiser (vegetarian) (5) apperiSER VEgetarian
60 STAGE
Arrange for men only on drugs (5) STAG + E

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AFR Cryptic, New Year Special 2021, Clue Hints

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

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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.
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.
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 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.
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) 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.
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 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.

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 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 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 loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

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 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.
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.
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AFR Cryptic (Christmas AJ 2020) Solution

  Answers and Clues Explanations
ADVENT
Commercial made by outlet is coming (6) AD + VENT
BIOLOGISTS
Old part of tree is cut into bits for life scientists (10) (O + LOG + IS) inside BITS
COVER DRIVE
Offside play by one positioned in the centre? (5,5) Cryptic definition
DESERT
Leave high and dry wasteland (6) Double Definition
EMISSION
Pass over one featured in extensive Time issue (8) (MISS + I) inside EON
FESTIVE
It’s about Victor being in charge and happy (7) (ITS reversed + V) inside FEE
GREEN TEA
Drunken teenager leaves drink (5,3) Anagram of TEENAGER
HOLIDAYED
Brick carrier taking cover certainly had a break (9) HOD outside (LID + AYE)
IDEA
I Pick out nucleus of neat plan (4) ID + EA
JOLLY
Ecstasy plugged by all except a drunk to some degree (5) JOY outside (ALL minus A)
KNOT
Boss’s number replacing one in kit (4) K(i)T replaced by NO
LOSE IT
Blow up centre of enclosed site in a state of disrepair (4,2) enc(LO)sed + anagram of SITE
MAGISTRATES
Gift-givers, right, restricted by governments and judges? (11) MAGI + R inside STATES
NATIVITY SCENE
Events in a city disrupted Yuletide display (8,5) Anagram of EVENTS IN A CITY
OLD STYLE
Set oddly replaced with type from the past (3,5) Anagram of SET ODDLY
PUDDING
Sweet thing turned up damaged at the front by accident (7) UP reversed + (D)amaged + DING
QUIRE
Group of carollers, say, vocalised part of book (5) Sounds like CHOIR
ROADSIDE
Promotion is not going forward in travelled area, by the way (8) [AD + (IS reversed)] inside RODE
STOCKING
Gift collection from St Nick got greatly distributed (8) Anagram of (ST NICK GO)t
TOSSPOTS
They take alcohol regularly to small locations (8) TO + S + SPOTS
UNIMPEDED
Open university attended by politician and senior journalists? (9) UNI + MP + ED + ED
VESPER
Unravelling of verse inspired by quiet prayer (6) Anagram of VERSE outside P
WEIRDLY
Some of us idly moved across river in an odd way (7) WE + (IDLY outside R)
XMAS
Crazy Mexicans giving up nice holiday (4) Anagram of MEXICANS minus NICE
YEAR
Period pieces collected by wealthy earl (4) wealthY EARl
ZILLION
A great number suffering in holy land (7) ILL inside ZION

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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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The Stickler Weekly 270

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The Stickler Weekly 270 Clue Hints

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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.
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 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.
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.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 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 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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