AFR Cryptic, Saturday 1/8/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (25/7/2020) Worked Solution

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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 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.
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 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 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.
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AFR Cryptic (25/7/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SIGHTERS
They express disappointment about time shooting Tests (8) SIGHERS outside T
5 HEADER
He turned red after a top shot (6) HE + [(RED reversed) after A]
9 ABREAST
Level head of ranger bitten by a wild animal (7) (R)anger inside (A + BEAST)
10 DRIES UP
Agitated spider, given a dose of uranium, becomes unproductive (5,2) Anagram of SPIDER outside U
11 BRUTE FORCE
Be around for truce developed with great strength (5,5) BE outside anagram of FOR TRUCE
12 ABS
Muscles may be so evenly spaced (3) mAy Be So
14 RIDING
Local electoral division’s identification accepted by telephone (6) ID inside RING
15 NEGATION
Denial, for example, acknowledged in company of many people (8) EG inside NATION
17 SCHOOLIE
Go away carrying cold pork pie and prawn (8) SHOO outside C + LIE
18 LEVIES
Taxes 50% of vino containing dregs? Just the opposite! (6) (VI)no inside LEES
21 OUT
Finished with duck and 3 (retired)? (3) O + (TU reversed)
22 SUPPLICATE
Disgruntled pupils etc holding a petition (10) Anagram of PUPILS ETC outside A
24 SEA LANE
Close an Eastern trade route (3,4) SEAL + AN + E
25 CHEMIST
Drug dealer’s hemp mostly is exhibited in court (7) [(HEM)p + IS] inside CT
26 PASTED
Former newspaper chief is bombarded heavily (6) PAST + ED
27 WRITINGS
Collected works of an author, Italian summarised in extracts with difficulty (8) IT inside WRINGS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STABBER
Flag held up by well-known attacker (7) EBB reversed inside STAR
2 GO ROUND THE TRAPS
Tour group and others oddly taking little time (2,5,3,5) Anagram of GROUP AND OTHERS outside T
3 TRADE UNION
Federation upset – not about unaired broadcast (5,5) NOT reversed outside anagram of UNAIRED
4 RATION
Part Eve left out of biblical account (6) REVELATION minus (EVE + L)
6 EXIT
Leave cricket team in the centre of Cape Town (4) XI inside capE Town
7 DESTABILISATION
Weakening boat isn’t ideal at sea going around island (15) Anagram of BOAT ISNT IDEAL outside IS
8 ROPES IN
Reluctantly gets the assistance of one detained by displaced person (5,2) I inside anagram of PERSON
10 DECKED
Knocked down gutless crook in a heroic act? (6) C(roo)K inside DEED
13 MALEFICENT
Harmful male fellow, one with little money (10) MAKE + F + I + CENT
16 FIGURE
Value sawn-off shooter kept in sack (6) (GU)n inside FIRE
17 SHOWS UP
Manner adopted by upset cat stands out (5,2) HOW inside (PUSS reversed)
19 SHEATHS
Steel cases made by a female at high school (7) SHE + AT + HS
20 SPACER
Small horse – it maintains a steady gap (6) S + PACER
23 CARE
Keeping manual, say, close to phone (4) CAR + phon(E)

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 25/7/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (18/7/2020) Worked Solution

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The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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 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.
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.

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.

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.
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 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.

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.
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AFR Cryptic (18/7/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ACT OUT
A piece that’s limiting to mime (3,3) (A + CUT) outside TO
5 KAKADU
NZ parrot died heading to unspoilt part of Australia (6) KAKA + D + (U)nspoilt
9 GRANDIOSE
Impressive road sign wrongly depicted closing of lane (9) Anagram of ROAD SIGN + lan(E)
10 LEVEE
Bank tax assessed by auditor (5) Sounds like LEVY
11 RATTLING
Strikingly good time learner experienced in class (8) (T + L) inside RATING
12 KEIRIN
Bike, after the start, switched right in race (6) Anagram of b(IKE) + R + IN
14 LACERATION
Rip material and measure (10) LACE + RATION
15 DEAN
Clergyman not taking care of another clergyman (4) DEACON minus CO
17 TYRE
Components of polystyrene and rubber ring (4) polysTYREne
19 SCIENTIFIC
Accurate model of insect provided by one clinician initially (10) Anagram of INSECT + IF + I + (C)linician
22 NATURE
Aunt relocated there, paying no attention to the countryside (6) Anagram of AUNT + (THERE minus THE)
23 CORONATE
One actor, taking on a new role, is crowned (8) Anagram of ONE ACTOR
25 ALIEN
Foreign story incorporated into a newspaper’s leader (5) LIE inside [A + (N)ewspaper]
26 HEARTSICK
Despondent judge with feelings ultimately kept in check (9) HEAR + [feeling(S) inside TICK]
27 CLIENT
Patron left with one in small Australian capital (6) (L + I) inside CENT
28 SIMMER.
Dieter dismissing large cook gently (6) SLIMMER minus L.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 CHAOTIC
A part of the Bible, bound with elegance, is all over the place (7) (A + OT) inside CHIC
3 OLD GLORY
Good rally organised without a national flag (3,5) Anagram of GOOD RALLY minus A
4 TOOK NOTICE
Paid attention to agreement, not drugs (4,6) TO + OK + NOT + ICE
5 KEEP
Last to look back (4) PEEK reversed
6 KILLER
Terribly ill skier, giving up, is very good (6) Anagram of ILL SKIER minus IS
7 DIVERGE
One going down under, for example, returned part (7) DIVER + (EG reversed)
8 TENNANT CREEK
Ten rebuilt entrance close to bulk mining area of NT (7,5) TEN + anagram of ENTRANCE + bul(K)
9 GERALDTON WAX
WA native left in landscaped garden to grow (9,3) L inside anagram of GARDEN TO + WAX
13 COME TO PASS
Take place handled in co-op by fool (4,2,4) MET inside COOP + ASS
16 AT BOTTOM
TAB mixed slogan up essentially (2,6) Anagram of TAB + MOTTO reversed
18 RETRIAL
Trio not fully represented in legitimate court action (7) (TRI)o inside REAL
20 FRAGILE
Dainty piece of material kept in case (7) RAG inside FILE
21 BRONZE
Ends of buffer zone reconstructed with metal (6) (B)uffe(R) + anagram of ZONE
24 CHIT
Leading member of choir reached note (4) (C)hoir + HIT

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 18/7/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (11/7/2020) Worked Solution

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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.

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.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

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 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 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 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.

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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AFR Cryptic (11/7/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 POLICEMAN
Officer represented oil companies not using iso? (9) Anagram of OIL COMPANIES minus ISO
6 BORED
Sick and tired or having a sleep? (5) OR inside BED
9 AROSE
A beautiful flower sprang out of bed (5) A + ROSE
10 TEA CHESTS
Coaches next to street backed around shipping containers (3,6) TEACHES + (ST reversed)
11 SUITCASE
Feral cat is found in large section of fat traveller’s bag (8) Anagram of CAT IS inside (SUE)t
12 IN GOAL
Block of metal, largely aluminium, is worth keeping (2,4) (INGO)t + AL
14 GLOBALLY
Lolly bag distributed all over the place (8) Anagram of LOLLY BAG
15 DEMO
Visual presentation made money to some extent (4) maDE MOney
18 HASH
Drug preparation that’s nothing new (4) Double Definition
20 MISCHIEF
Is boss behind male’s bad behaviour? (8) (IS + CHIEF) behind M
24 REMAIN
Stay on line providing an essential service (6) RE + MAIN
25 PLAYTIME
Pressure applied by MIT and Yale disrupted school break (8) P + anagram of MIT and YALE
27 SPLITTING
Opening place in Congress (9) PL inside SITTING
28 LIBRA
House built originally in old capital of Italy (5) (B)uilt inside LIRA
29 TURNS
Temperature connected to water boilers changes (5) T + URNS
30 SO TO SPEAK
Habitual drinker impressed with different poets, as it were (2,2,5) SOAK outside anagram of POETS
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1 PRAISE
Talks to a higher authority, reportedly, for approval (6) Sounds like PRAYS
2 LOOMING
Appearing healthy, not needing booster at the outset (7) BLOOMING minus (B)ooster
3 COERCION
Force ring into misaligned cornice (8) O inside anagram of CORNICE
4 METASTASIS
The writer is after two copies of “Tasmania’s Transition” (10) ME + [IS after (TAS + TAS)]
5 NAAN
Slices of banana and bread (4) banaNA ANd
6 BEHIND
What did you say entering tight spot at the back? (6) EH inside BIND
7 RISSOLE
Last bit of oyster is fish food (7) oyste(R) + IS + SOLE
8 DISALLOW
Lad is contaminated by unrefined refuse (8) Anagram of LAD IS + LOW
13 BLACK LIGHT
Support holding, large, flimsy disco feature (5,5) BACK outside L + LIGHT
16 SHARP-SET
Keen Sherpas wrongly identified mid-point of mountains (5-3) Anagram of SHERPAS + moun(T)ains
17 BICYCLES
Transportation arranged by clerics down river (8) Anagram of BY CLERICS minus R
19 SAMPLER
More than enough eaten by senior taster (7) AMPLE inside SR
21 FRIABLE
Romeo, one used in story, is likely to break up (7) (R + I) inside FABLE
22 HIATUS
A group of workers invading his space (6) (A + TU) inside HIS
23 REPACK
Restore old recording kept in stand (6) EP inside RACK
26 DIPS
Plate mostly containing soft savoury mixtures (4) (DIS)h outside P

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 11/7/2020, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (4/7/2020) Worked Solution

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A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

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

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.
All words can be validly written with a leading capital without changing their meaning. Hence, the capitalisation of a word may present a different picture than is intended.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The 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.
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.

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AFR Cryptic (4/7/2020) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PRACTICE
Business performance included in valuation (8) ACT inside PRICE
5 WARNER
Opening batsman, one who used to bowl spin, right? (6) WARNE + R
9 REVUE
Variety show in French not counted in takings (5) REVENUE minus EN
10 RADIATION
Act of giving out aid in recession included in quota (9) AID reversed inside RATION
12 STRATIFICATION
Hierarchy sat without a seal of approval (14) SAT minus A + RATIFICATION
14 BASH
Termination of scab has disrupted strike (4) sca(B) + anagram of HAS
15 PLANGENT
Resounding proposition completed by a refined fellow (8) PLAN + GENT
18 OBSCURED
Crude boss, greatly upset, is hidden from sight (8) Anagram of (CRUDE BOS)s
20 WASH
Laundry is no longer hot (4) WAS + H
24 GENERAL MANAGER
Company head and eager angler ordered around staff (7,7) Anagram of EAGER ANGLER outside MAN
26 OUTLANDER
Sort of route opened by learner and foreigner (9) Anagram of ROUTE outside (L + AND)
27 AORTA
A carrier, perhaps? (5) Cryptic Definition
28 ETCHER
One who cuts out designs, and so on, produced by the woman (6) ETC + HER
29 FEAST DAY
Fellow stayed abroad hosting a religious celebration (5,3) F + (anagram of STAYED outside A)
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1 PHRASEBOOK
Probe has unsettled very good guide employed by foreigners (10) Anagram of PROBE HAS + OK
2 ADVERTS
Overdrafts arranged not for public promotions (7) Anagram of OVERDRAFTS minus FOR
3 TREATY
Formal agreement time and time again sealed in New Year (6) T + T inside anagram of YEAR
4 CARAFE
Glass containing wine a waiter finally brought into small restaurant (6) [A + waite(R)] inside CAFE
6 ADAPTING
A process primarily used in age determination is changing (8) A + (P)rocess inside DATING
7 NOISOME
Vote against some going after one is hurtful (7) NO + (SOME after I)
8 REND
Tear apart Renault’s front and back (4) (R)enault + END
11 DOCILE
Amenable medical man that is checking back of skull (6) DOC + [IE outside skul(L)]
13 AT THE READY
They sat outside study after a time prepared for action (2,3,5) (THEY outside READ) after (A + T)
16 FUSELAGE
Use insulating casing in iron part of plane (8) (USE + LAG) inside FE
17 REMAND
Send back wine spiked by employee (6) RED outside MAN
19 SCEPTIC
Cold transmitted by infected one holding reservations (7) C inside SEPTIC
21 ANGERED
Good child, briefly embarrassed, is outraged (7) (ANGE)l + RED
22 EMERGE
Appear to come together after end of dispute (6) MERGE after disput(E)
23 ANNALS
Old records from computer system turned up in a nanosecond (6) LAN reversed inside (A + NS)
25 HOME
Mass held in digger’s birthplace (4) M inside HOE

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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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