The Stickler Weekly 221 Clue Hints

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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 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.

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 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.

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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.
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.
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The Stickler Weekly 221 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

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

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

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


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

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The Stickler Weekly 220 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOLD WATER
Veteran in the war ordered to stand up (4,5) OLD inside anagram of THE WAR
6 GLASS
Gravity used by young lady tumbler, say (5) G + LASS
9 UNMET
Troubled men in trade union, returned not satisfied (5) Anagram of MEN inside (TU reversed)
10 ALIENATOR
A story, right, about NATO force that’s hostile? (9) (A + LIE + R) outside NATO
11 CAST-OFFS
Large amount of cash offered by gentlemen for unwanted clothes (4-4) (CAS)H + TOFFS
12 CRIMEA
Lawlessness acknowledged by a part of the Ukraine (6) CRIME + A
14 SMUT
Pornography turned children’s stomachs (4) TUMS reversed
15 CHARLOTTE
Slightly burn and share tea before a dessert (9) CHAR + LOT + (TE)A
17 ON THE BALL
Is deserting this during one social event smart? (2,3,4) (THIS minus IS) inside ONE + BALL
19 SHED
The girl had space for storage (4) Double Definition
22 SCALER
Mountain man’s fishing equipment (6) Double Definition
23 HOME PAGE
Record included in tribute item put up on the Net (4,4) EP inside HOMAGE
25 PHENOMENA
People in possession of a phone organised remarkable events (9) MEN inside anagram of A PHONE
26 BATHE
Swim about, leaving to get some air (5) BREATHE minus RE
27 DANDY
Dodgy landlady fleeced of all capital (5) Anagram of LANDLADY minus ALL
28 BELLYACHE
Docked yacht owned by good-looker – a bitch (9) (YACH)T inside BELLE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HAUNCH
Feeling spread around a hip (6) HUNCH outside A
2 LUMP SUM
Fixed up slum with millions – that’s a lot of money (4,3) Anagram of UP SLUM + M
3 WITHOUT CEREMONY
Card game’s back – held in converted country home informally (7,8) WIT + [GAM(E) inside anagram of COUNTRY HOME]
4 TRAFFIC JAM
Rising uncertainty inside craft oddly spread congestion (7,3) IF reversed inside anagram of CRAFT + JAM
5 RAIL
False witness stood up to abuse (4) LIAR reversed
6 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Mounting confusion within, really began changing part of the UN (7,8) MESS reversed inside anagram of REALLY BEGAN
7 ATTEMPT
A worker who doesn’t always get to work in time, doubled effort (7) A + [TEMP inside (T + T)}
8 SURFACED
Breakers died after top one came out (8) SURF + (D after ACE)
13 WALL-TO-WALL
Widespread flounder seen around mouth of tributary by everyone (4-2-4) WALLOW outside (T)RIBUTARY + ALL
16 GOSSIPED
Retired villain, drilled by foreign spies, talked (8) DOG reversed outside anagram of SPIES
18 TRADE ON
Take advantage of race not going forward ahead of time (5,2) DART reversed + EON
20 ELASTIC
Moulded cleat is rubbery (7) Anagram of CLEAT IS
21 DELETE
Take out rent documented in abridged contract (6) LET inside (DEE)D
24 HERB
Sprigs of rather big plant with useful properties (4) ratHER Big

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 220

As a cryptic crossword professional it’s important that I make sure I’m up with what’s going on across the world. Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 220

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The Stickler Weekly 220 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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The Stickler Weekly 220 Overseas Help

Welcome all cryptic crossword solvers.

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

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

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

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

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The Stickler Weekly 219 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HEREDITARY
Family time recorded in present journal (10) T inside (HERE + DIARY)
6 PLOT
Great deal behind power scheme (4) LOT after P
10 NAMES
Adult sent back case of extraneous titles? (5) MAN reversed + (E)XTRANEOU(S)
11 RECTANGLE
Confusion following record figure (9) TANGLE after REC
12 STRAINING
Student’s primary education is testing powers of endurance (9) (S)TUDENT + TRAINING
13 LATHS
Strips of wood left at empty houses? (5) L + AT + H(ouse)S
14 EDGE
Fringe leader not committed to club (4) (W)EDGE
15 REAPPEAR
Come back to harvest fruit (8) REAP + PEAR
18 EMOTICON
Typical facial expression, in my opinion, reflected swindler’s admission (8) TO ME reversed + I CON
20 CARP
Swimmer’s coach added to pressure (4) CAR + P
24 POACH
Cook fish without permission, say (5) Double Definition
25 SCINTILLA
Small amount in cash drawer used in scam mostly (9) (IN + TILL) inside (SCA)M
26 SPOON-FEED
Baby on fixed charge in small school (5-4) (ON + FEE) inside (S + POD)
27 BLADE
Knife boy in stand (5) LAD inside BE
28 DAYS
Sunny periods, say, varied after end of blizzard (4) Anagram of SAY after BLIZZAR(D)
29 IRIDESCENT
Dazzling one travels with little money (10) I + RIDES + CENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HONEST
One’s affected by restriction of height above board (6) ONES inside HT
2 REMORSE
Regret limitations of remote code developer? (7) (R)emot(E) + MORSE
3 DISTINGUISHING
Detective and I, using insight, sorted out individual (14) D + I + anagram of USING INSIGHT
4 TARDIS
Who’s transport is behind time on a road? (6) IS after (T + A + RD)
5 RACEGOER
Pro’s second hole in one disheartened golfer, one regularly at course? (8) P(R)O + ACE + GO(lf)ER
7 LEGATEE
Beneficiary’s attendance money accepted by shelter (7) GATE inside LEE
8 TREASURE
Prize tree pruned next to a stable (8) (TRE)E + A + SURE
9 FALLOPIAN TUBES
Egg deliverers go down and up into base irregularly (9,5) FALL + anagram of UP INTO BASE
16 DESPISED
Speed is distributed by dealers initially held in contempt (8) Anagram of SPEED IS + (D)EALERS
17 MONSIEUR
Nice man, perhaps, with million forged in Euros (8) M + anagram of IN EUROS
19 ORATORY
Public speaking or a story without an introductory piece (7) OR + A + S(TORY)
21 PALMATE
Two buds shaped like an open hand (7) PAL + MATE
22 WINDED
Associates of widow in dedication in need of air (6) widoW IN DEDication
23 PARENT
Author and publisher originally are not contracted (6) (P)UBLISHER + ARENT

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 219

There was a lot a chatter about 4-down in The Stickler Weekly 219, Who’s transport is behind time on a road? (6). Is it grammatical, is the clue sound? Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly in Recovery

Due to minor surgery late last week, The Stickler Weekly, previous solution, and Insight will be delayed by one week. Recovery has been more difficult than expected, limiting my ability to work at a computer.

A friend, who recently had surgery, took me to the hospital and told me this story when I asked him about how to keep myself occupied while waiting for the process to happen:

“I took in a crossword (non-cryptic) and pen and was allowed to keep it even after all my clothes and belongings had been packed away and sealed. It went with me into the anaesthesia area where staff were keen to help me out with answering clues. When I woke up after surgery, the crossword was at the end of the bed all filled in”

I wonder how they would have gone with The Stickler Weekly?

Best and thanks

David
The Stickler

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