The Stickler Weekly 259 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 258 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CATAPULT
Sling a listening device secured by religious group (8) (A + TAP) inside CULT
5 POSTS
Structural supports are removed from damaged seaports (5) Anagram of SEAPORTS minus ARE
9 MANAGER
Feeding unit opened up by a supervisor (7) MANGER outside A
10 WAGONER
Western driver, possibly, lost in combat (7) GONE in WAR
11 LAYING
Putting down any girl out of line right away (6) Anagram of ANY GIRL minus R
12 STEADIER
Pilot, taking notice, connected to one with stabilising influence (8) STEER outside (AD + I)
13 POLICYHOLDERS
People covered slippery cargo area wearing Australian loafers (13) (ICY + HOLD) inside POLERS
16 ENTERTAINMENT
Lodge and tent carrying broadcast of main leisure activity (13) ENTER + (TENT outside anagram of MAIN)
20 EXORCISM
Ogre is playing a part in exam’s release? (8) EXAM with A = (ORC IS)
21 PRATER
One who talks a lot to class involved in public relations (6) RATE in side PR
24 SPECULA
Capsule refitted with polished metal reflectors (7) Anagram of CAPSULE
25 RAILING
A supporting barrier is trouble inside circus enclosure (7) AIL inside RING
26 LIMIT
Check stock of local imitations (5) locaL IMITations
27 CAUGHT ON
Criminal punched by a thug in a frenzy got wise (6,2) CON outside anagram of A THUG
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COMPLY
Go along with outlet free of complexity (6) COMPLEXITY minus EXIT
2 TANGY
Bug turned up on side of sticky tart (5) GNAT reversed + STICK(Y)
3 PAGINAL
Computer system, one opening up like a book (7) (LAN + I + GAP) reversed
4 LARD
Part of regular diet is fat (4) reguLAR Diet
5 PIGTAIL
Sort of plait covering one girl’s head? (7) Anagram of PLAIT outside [I + (G)IRL]
6 SENTIMENT
Feeling it, upstanding people should be used in broadcast (9) [(IT reversed) + MEN) inside SENT
7 SURPRISE
Stable outside Paris not getting a start (8) SURE outside (PARIS minus A)
8 SWITCH ON
Charming person embraced by child set off (6,2) WITCH inside SON
13 PETROLEUM
Crude role in silent picture originally given backing (9) ROLE inside [MUTE + (P)ICTURE] reversed
14 CLASS WAR
Troubled rascal, running around, saw heartless conflict caused by social division? (5,3) Anagram of RASCAL outside S(a)W
15 REVERSAL
Odd bits of rust appearing in display switch (8) (R)u(S)t inside REVEAL
17 RECRUIT
Take on fawn – it must be south of river (7) (ECRU + IT) after R
18 EARNING
Scholarship with no upper limit is making money (7) (L)EARNING
19 DRAGON
Large lizard is to continue slowly and tediously (6) DRAG ON
22 TWIST
Pair nearly is on time to dance (5) (TW)O + IS + T
23 ARIA
Distracted au pair not impressed with leading song (4) Anagram of AU PAIR minus UP

 

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 9/2/2019, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (2/2/2019) 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 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 can be discovered by mixing up letters. An appropriate anagram 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.
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 a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and 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 answer is hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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 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 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 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.

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AFR Cryptic (2/2/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TAPESTRY
A nuisance carried in sample piece of needlework (8) (A + PEST) inside TRY
5 GAUCHE
Unpolished copper and silver put back with helium (6) (CU + AG) reversed + HE
9 E-MAIL
Crook claimed unrestricted communications? (1-4) Anagram of c)LAIME(d
10 CADETSHIP
Acted improperly by heading to staff in training position (9) Anagram of CADET + (S)TAFF + HIP
12 ADOLESCENT
A welfare payment’s not much money for a young person (10) A + DOLES + CENT
13 ARMS
Weaponry causes damage after start of hostilities (4) H(ARMS)
15 LENGTHEN
Spin out England immediately after failure in the middle (8) (ENG + THEN) after FAI(L)URE
17 DOODAD
Do nothing with parent’s gadget (6) DO + O + DAD
20 STASIS
Small state of Australia is an inactive state (6) S + TAS + IS
22 RENEGADE
Rebel’s grenade disoriented enemy at the front (8) Anagram of GRENADE + (E)NEMY
26 AWRY
Terrible war story’s ending is twisted (4) Anagram of WAR + STOR(Y)
27 POSTMASTER
Mail handler organised team sports (10) Anagram of TEAM SPORTS
29 PENNILESS
Very short broken lines prominent in stationery (9) Anagram of LINES inside PENS
30 TERSE
Brief’s letters lodged in quarter sessions (5) quarTER SEssions
31 DIESEL
Engine stops working well with limitations removed (6) DIES + w(EL)l
32 ON CREDIT
Confused discounter ignoring us with an arrangement to pay later (2,6) Anagram of DISCOUNTER minus US
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TOENAIL
Note reviewed trouble with digital screen? (7) Anagram of NOTE + AIL
2 PLATOON
Army unit is overly used in plan (7) TOO inside PLAN
3 SILVERTAIL
TV serial remade by one large person of social prominence (10) Anagram of TV SERIAL + I + L
4 RECYCLES
Leader of Liberals, bound by secrecy, changed processes again (8) (L)IBERALS inside anagram of SECRECY
6 ACTS
Cancel announced routines (4) Sounds like AXE
7 COHERED
Fish, swimming around in this place, stuck together (7) COD outside HERE
8 EXPOSED
Former lover put in danger (7) EX + POSED
11 DONE
England’s tail-ender facing a single over (4) ENGLAN(D) + ONE
14 FORECASTER
One who looks ahead for clubs in holiday time (10) FOR + (C inside EASTER)
16 EAT
Feed some geese a turnip (3) geesE A Turnip
18 AID
Help one starring in commercial (3) I inside AD
19 JETTISON
Plane is not repositioned to unload (8) JET + anagram of IS NOT
20 SWAMPED
Raced across part of Australia, first of many impacted by floods (7) SPED outside [WA + (M)ANY]
21 ARRANGE
Marshal worked wearing tailored gear (7) RAN inside anagram of GEAR
23 ALTERED
Reformed dealer, with time served inside, is converted (7) Anagram of DEALER outside T
24 EARNEST
Serious Serena switched racquet finally (7) Anagram of SERENA + RACQUE(T)
25 DOVE
Ultralight flyer went down in the US (4) Double Definition
28 FILE
Orderly put away metal tool (4) Double Definition

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The Stickler Weekly 258

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The Stickler Weekly 258 Clue Hints

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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 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 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.
Part or all of the answer is found by replacing a section in a word (or its synonym) with a word (or its synonym), letters, or letter. An appropriate indicator like "for a", replacing, switching etc 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 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.

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.
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 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.

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 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 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 258 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 257 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ESCAPIST
Dreamer is consumed by distortion of space and time (8) IS inside (anagram of SPACE + T)
5 STITCH
Sit disheartened with irritation and pain from running? (6) S(i)T + ITCH
10 PARKA
Reserve a heavy jacket (5) PARK + A
11 ECONOMIST
Government adviser possibly made less than a modest income oddly? (9) Anagram of A MODEST INCOME minus MADE
12 CHATHAM ISLANDS
Talk with workers about development of Islam in remote part of NZ (7,7) (CHAT + HANDS) outside anagram of ISLAM
14 ASIA
Like one associated with a big part of the world (4) AS + I + A
15 CAROUSER
Noisy drinker and driver, perhaps, covering round? (8) (CAR USER) outside O
18 BAR
Watering hole is almost empty (3) (BAR)E
19 LINGERER
Source of disease mainly on board large ship, one that hangs around (8) (GER)M inside LINER
20 POKE
Said something without initial nudge (4) S(POKE)
23 CHICKEN-HEARTED
Yellow hen reacted strangely around one from the country (7-7) Anagram of HEN REACTED outside HICK
26 PER CAPITA
Each large piece of perch should be served with a flatbread (3,6) (PERC)H + A + PITA
27 COUCH
Possible composition of green furniture (5) Double Definition
28 THEFTS
Acts of stealing from account not supported by the facts (6) THE FACTS minus AC
29 SETTLE UP
Pay cash leaving revamped display of Space Shuttle (6,2) Anagram of SPACE SHUTTLE minus CASH
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ESPECIALLY
Broken pieces collected by associate above all (10) Anagram of PIECES + ALLY
2 CARNATION
Light red vehicle parked before race (9) CAR + NATION
3 PEACHY
Very good people, completely gutted, suffering continuous pain? (6) P(eopl)E + ACHY
4 STEAMY
Brewed teas, gracious me, could be hot (6) Anagram od TEAS + MY
6 TOOK A BOW
Acknowledged praise to approve unfinished missile launcher (4,1,3) TO + (OKA)Y + BOW
7 TRIED
Established level entered by player finally (5) TIED outside PLAYE(R)
8 HITS
Hotel is taking into account temperature impacts (4) (H + IS) outside T
9 DOG STAR
Notable luminary follows informer around (3,4) DOGS + (RAT reversed)
13 FRIENDSHIP
Short day finishes in intimacy (10) FRI(day) + ENDS + HIP
15 CAR
Jam ingredient is about right? (3) CA + R
16 SHORT FUSE
Kind fellow stuck with hospital treatment for quick temper (5,4) [(SORT + F) outside H] + USE
17 PENCHANT
Write song with taste (8) PEN + CHANT
18 BEDEVIL
Base, active, mounted trouble (7) BED + (LIVE reversed)
21 PHRASE
Expression, perhaps, not starting with translation (6) Anagram of P(ERHAPS)
22 MASCOT
Company invested in royal support team’s symbolic figure (6) CO inside MAST
24 HORSE
Husky heard mounted soldiers (5) Sounds like HOARSE
25 SPIT
Roaster leans over (4) TIPS reversed

 

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The Stickler Weekly 257

Thanks for the feedback on my NYT cryptic submission. The process of publishing it on the website made me think that I hadn’t actually met Will Shortz basic requirements, which is why he wasn’t more positive about it. Your respsonses also indicated a lack of flair and guile, which probably resulted from the dumbing-down that I felt I needed to do. I might actually have another go.

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The Stickler Weekly 257 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

Need more hints for these or other clues? Just leave a reply below.



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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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.

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) 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 a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
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