The Stickler Weekly 229 Clue Hints

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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 answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A type of clue where the WHOLE clue defines the answer, and the WHOLE clue also is the wordplay (a mechanism to derive the answer through various cryptic devices). "&lit" is short for "and literally".

To qualify as an &lit, a clue must have no unused components either in the definition or the wordplay - it must be readable one way as a definition, and another as the wordplay.

A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

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

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

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

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 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 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 answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
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.
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The Stickler Weekly 229 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.

There aren’t any extra hints needed this week.

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The Stickler Weekly 228 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASHMERE
Crocheter primarily has knitted with pure and simple wool (8) (C)ROCHETER + anagram of HAS + MERE
5 RECTUM
Passage near outlet is so not needed by disgruntled customer (6) Anagram of CUSTOMER minus SO
10 SMART
Recall of vehicles turned out well (5) TRAMS reversed
11 PATROLLED
Kept guard perfectly rotated (9) PAT + ROLLED
12 EPICUREANS
Foodies ordered pie, one with sides of pickles (10) Anagram of PIE + (AN inside CURES)
13 MAR
Spoil drive going west (3) RAM reversed
15 CHEESE
These cafes served fresh, not fast, food (6) Anagram of THESE CAFES minus FAST
16 AGAINST
Stove enclosed by stone is on (7) AGA + IN + ST
18 REPLANT
Part of future plan to establish new growth (7) futuRE PLAN To
20 DRENCH
Medicine with lithium withdrawn from children experiencing disorder (6) Anagram of CHILDREN minus LI
23 CAR
Machine maintenance a little lacking (3) (CAR)E
24 STREETWISE
Wily sort of setter is inspiring people in general (10) Anagram of SETTER + (IS inside WE)
26 PAPER OVER
Try to hide copy retained by tester (5,4) APE inside PROVER
27 GO BAD
Spoil a marshland receding close to bushland (2,3) (A + BOG) reversed + BUSHLAN(D)
28 TITLED
Noble provided guidance after time with IT (6) LED after (T + IT)
29 CRATERED
Container, a light colour, is covered in holes? (8) CRATE + RED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CASHEW
Use teeth eating a small nut (6) CHEW outside (A + S)
2 SPANISH
Censure is expressed in quiet language (7) (PAN + IS) inside SH
3 METHUSELAH
Provider of alcohol and drug treatment hospital outside LA (10) METH + (USE + H) outside LA
4 REPRESENTATIVE
Agent sent in crooked privateer before end of lease (14) SENT inside anagram of PRIVATEER + LEAS(E)
6 ETON
Upmarket English school raised money (4) NOTE reversed
7 TELAMON
Image of upright male forming part of heavy weight? (7) MALE reversed inside TON
8 MODERATE
Approach speed is average (8) MODE + RATE
9 STANDARD-BEARER
Speculative investor accommodated by different traders and leading figure (8-6) BEAR inside anagram of TRADERS AND
14 WATERTIGHT
Impregnable bow of warship hit target at sea? (10) (W)ARSHIP + anagram of HIT TARGET
17 CROCKPOT
Toss quietly in bed – it makes you stew, doesn’t it? (8) (ROCK + P) inside COT
19 PARAPET
Knock up a special wall used for protection (7) RAP reversed + A + PET
21 CLIMBER
Carbon and plastic crampon, say (7) C + LIMBER
22 NEEDED
Required leader not used by one editor repeatedly (6) (O)NE + ED + ED
25 FREE
Fine fishing gear reduced and let go (4) F + (REE)L

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 228

Last week’s exposé on writing a clue for CROSSWORDS included a mention of my philosophy regarding clueing words strictly from their etymological building blocks. That is, writing clues using synonyms of the component parts. I’ve discussed this a number of times over the years, but I don’t think I’ve told the whole story.
I learnt how to solve cryptics from my English teacher when I was 15. Our class solved The Guardian cryptic that appeared in The Sun-Herald in NSW every week. By the end of year 10, I was solving it by myself, although it would take me most of the week and references were almost always needed. The Guardian cryptic became the only crossword I solved as The Sun-Herald was the only paper my parents bought. It never occurred to me that there were other cryptics available to solve, and one a week was still enough to satisfy my solving urges. Moving forward following IT study and the securing of a steady job, I started to wonder if I could make money on the side writing crosswords. My early style was based solely on my solving experience of The Guardian (not surprisingly), and I had no reason to doubt that this path was a righteous one. It would be years before I made the effort to solve other crosswords, do some research and read books written by setters. I joined the Australian Crossword Club (ACC) and learnt a lot about setting, using feedback from members to refine my work. In 1998 I loaded one of my ACC crosswords, an Alphanumeric Jigsaw, onto my (old) website for everyone to have a go at, and it’s still there.
One day I received an email from an American solver about this clue: D Departed home for the morgue (9). The clue is a simple charade: (departed = DEAD) + (home = HOUSE). The emailer was disappointed that the clue was no more than the sum of its original parts, with little disguise. This certainly confused me, as I’d seen 1000s of clues written this way, and every UK cryptic contained such structures, not always all the components but at least one. Further investigation found that clues created this way were not allowed in US cryptics, something I had no idea about. Once I started looking deeper, I realised the inherent problem with clueing this way, shortchanging solvers by doing nothing more than applying synonym substitution. Solving became frustrating as I could now see setters taking the easy way out. I no longer liked clues that I used too, and felt cheated even if the setter had changed the word form or picked a definition that seemed far removed from its corresponding part in the answer. Definitions listed under the same root word are there for a reason no matter what the context. This revelation fundamentally changed the way I clued, although I knew I could revert to my old ways if needed as there were no restrictions imposed by Oz and UK publications. Solvers wouldn’t know the difference either.
In 2000 at the ACC’s annual gathering, Noel Jessop told me about his efforts have a cryptic published in the New York Times (NYT). He thought a relatively standard cryptic with a few American things thrown in would get him a guernsey. His crossword was rejected though due mainly to his use of synonym substitution that he had used all his life. One example was for Alaskan port, Anchorage, that he had clued by referencing the port and the meaning of anchorage, creating a double-definition clue. Will Shortz, the NYT crossword editor, dismissed this clue asking Noel where he thought the city’s name came from in the first place. Noel abandoned his efforts to get published in the NYT, but it made me think I should have a go since I was more used to the style and requirements
needed to set a US cryptic. In May 2001 I had my first NYT cryptic published. The experience of putting it together and being edited according to US and NYT rules was invaluable. It further reinforced my position on synonym substitution and that resolve hasn’t wavered since.

The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 228

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The Stickler Weekly 228 Clue Hints

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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 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 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 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 entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

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 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.

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 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.

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.
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The Stickler Weekly 228 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 227 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CROSSWORDS
Lines drawn around empty squares in sequence – puzzling stuff? (10) CORDS outside [(S)QUARE(S) in ROW]
6 DRIP
Drug supplier and doctor, one with power (4) DR + I + P
9 COUPLET
Pair left in car ahead of time (7) L inside COUPE + T
10 PRELATE
Church dignitary is first to pray and tell (7) (P)RAY + RELATE
12 ONE-LINER
Funny thing on stern of pirate ship (3-5) ON + PIRAT(E) + LINER
13 VEINS
Traces of sedative in subclavian blood vessels (5) sedatiVE IN Subclavian
15 STAPLE
Fastener starting to perish in old hat (6) (P)ERISH inside STALE
16 CERUMEN
Cure disoriented people with otic discharge (7) Anagram of CURE + MEN
18 VIE
Contest that is initiated by basketball team (3) IE after V
19 RECURVE
Bend back constantly moving around carrying dog (7) EVER reversed outside CUR
21 ANNUAL
Head of auditing brought in to void a book of accounts (6) (A)UDITING inside ANNUL
24 MEDIA
Met briefly to support backing news channels (5) (ME)T + AID reversed
25 OFFENDER
Volunteer punched by extreme criminal (8) OFFER outside END
27 SKITTLE
Knock over slalom championship, say, with finalist from Helsinki out (7) SKI TITLE minus HELSINK(I)
28 OPTIMAL
Best man nearly stabbing pilot going through turbulence (7) (MA)N inside
29 DEEP
Intellectual visited ladies, say, heading west (4) PEED reversed
30 STORYLINES
Retail outlets stocking last of celery left in plots (10) STORES outside [CELER(Y) + L + IN]
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUCKOO
Nuts should be sliced mostly by cook in a mess (6) (CU)T + anagram of COOK
2 OPULENT
Lavish musical work not finished with fast time (7) (OPU)S + LENT
3 SELF-IMPORTANT
Two mischievous characters embraced by star not unusually arrogant (4-9) (ELF + IMP) inside anagram of STAR NOT
4 ON THE LEVEL
Not distracted by first woman in agony behaving honestly (2,3,5) Anagram of NOT + (EVE in HELL)
5 DOPE
Drugs look after pet with tail chopped off (4) DO + (PE)T
7 REALISM
Practical view of things is accepted by monarchy (7) IS inside REALM
8 PLEASING
Quietly engaging? (8) P + LEASING
11 ENVIRONMENTAL
Green with envy – mainly tough nuts (13) (ENV)Y + IRON + MENTAL
14 OCEAN FLOOR
Seabed of coral, one in poor condition (5,5) Anagram of OF CORAL ONE
17 PROMISED
Tight-fisted person, finishing early in poker, is assured (8) (MISE)R inside PROD
20 CODEINE
Established standard in drug, an analgesic (7) CODE + IN + E
22 ABDOMEN
Stomach awfully bad writing on the wall (7) Anagram of BAD + OMEN
23 TROLLS
Christ’s back with pieces of bread and fishes (6) CHRIS(T) + ROLLS
26 HEAT
He engaged in passion (4) HE + AT

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 227

I can’t remember how many times CROSSWORD or CROSSWORDS has appeared as an answer word choice during my history of completing the grid-filling process. Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 227

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