The Stickler Weekly 210

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The Stickler Weekly 210 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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.
The answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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The Stickler Weekly 210 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.

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 209 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RACER
Speedster’s rights pulled apart by expert (5) ACE inside (R+R)
4 ELICITED
Lie, wrongly used as a reference, is drawn out (8) Anagram of LIE + CITED
10 SOUTHERN COMFORT
Ordered shot from counter? (8,7) Anagram of SHOT FROM COUNTER
11 TEA PARTY
Pate dished out before stylish social gathering (3,5) Anagram of PATE + ARTY
12 BOOTHS
Show contempt for one leaving this restaurant’s dining areas (6) BOO + (THIS minus I)
14 REASON
Act of betrayal with no time to think (6) TREASON minus T
15 RESIDUE
Surplus pine product largely outstanding (7) (RESI)N + DUE
18 DOG
An extremely influential man backed setter, say (3) GOD reversed
19 TWADDLE
Pair nearly spoil uninteresting talk (7) (TW)O + ADDLE
21 ORANGE
Colour ring selection (6) O + RANGE
24 FAIRLY
Broadcast received by pilot according to the rules (6) AIR inside FLY
26 DOTTEREL
Bird and fish-eating mammal found in small wooded hollow mostly (8) OTTER inside (DEL)L
28 INTERNATIONALLY
Distributed LAN, in reality, not in every place (15) Anagram of LAN IN REALITY NOT
29 HORSEMAN
Warning device, on a vehicle outside, unsettled me as a rider (8) HORN outside anagram of ME AS
30 POSER
Model problem (5) Double Definition
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RESETS
Zeros are ultimately included in balance before the point (6) AR(E) inside REST + S(outh)
2 CRUSADE
Scab oddly embroiled in tactless campaign (7) (S)C(A)B inside CRUDE
3 REHEARSED
Cemetery regular, dressed in red, went over (9) HEARSE inside RED
5 LICK
Flog items of public knowledge (4) pubLIC Knowledge
6 CAMEO
Prominent member of company accepting a medium acting role (5) CEO outside (A + M)
7 TROTTED
Leader of troop became weak and ran at a moderate pace (7) (T)ROOP + ROTTED
8 DETESTED
Evaluation given in property document is treated with contempt (8) TEST inside DEED
9 PRETENDER
Claimant is quiet about offer (9) P + RE + TENDER
13 ERGONOMIC
Move by number in organised crime designed to maximise efficiency (9) (GO + NO) inside anagram of CRIME
16 SMARTEN UP
Superman changed, taking time to dress properly (7,2) Anagram of SUPERMAN outside T
17 STIFFISH
Quite rigid suits lifted swimmers (8) FITS reversed + FISH
20 AVIATOR
One who flies through to river south of Australia’s capital (7) (VIA + TO + R) after (A)USTRALIA
22 GARBLES
Front section of rafter used in roof sections twists (7) (R)AFTER inside GABLES
23 PLAYER
Contestant left in company of one handing out money (6) L inside PAYER
25 LARGE
Initial position of landing gear destabilised jumbo (5) (L)ANDING + anagram of GEAR
27 KAVA
Some drink, a Vanuatuan beverage (4) drinK A VAnuatuan

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 209 – Overseas Imports

I recently constructed two special bumper cryptics for the Australian Financial Review. The second, for New Year, was a jigsaw where answers had to be fitted into a grid with no numbers. Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 209

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The Stickler Weekly 209 Clue Hints

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

A word or series of words that signify the position of wordplay elements in the answer.

Examples: before, after, leading, in the middle of, under (down only) etc.

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 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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The Stickler Weekly 209 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.

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 208 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PUSH OFF
Leave smoke floating around shop just before closing (4,3) PUFF outside (SHO)P
5 PACIFY
One fellow taking part in fast is quiet (6) (I + F) inside PACY
9 TONED
Items from great one definitely changed colour (5) greaT ONE Definitely
10 APPENDAGE
Write first section of document in a part of book supplement (9) [PEN + (D)OCUMENT] inside (A + PAGE)
11 IN SPADES
Residents of certain spa described emphatically (2,6) certaIN SPA DEScribed
12 JERKIN
Yank wearing a close-fitting jacket (6) JERK + IN
14 HOLDING PATTERN
Flying course taken by pilot going nowhere? (7,7) Cryptic Definition
16 SPECTATOR SPORT
Top actress drunkenly left much-watched activity (9,5) Anagram of TOP ACTRESS + PORT
20 RECANT
Take back car briefly used in lease (6) (CA)R inside RENT
22 CALAMINE
Zinc ore and carbon according to a supplier of ore (8) C + A LA + MINE
24 EMBELLISH
Centrepiece of Bohemian ring is hard to beautify? (9) Boh(EM)ian + BELL + IS + H
25 EARTH
Sensor is extracted from this ground (5) EAR + (THIS minus IS)
26 MENDED
Healed people died without one (6) MEN + (DIED minus I)
27 DROWNED
Doctor had swallowed water and died (7) DR + OWNED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PUTRID
Commit clear foul (6) PUT + RID
2 SANDSTONE
Spain, oddly, doesn’t broadcast rock (9) SpAiN + anagram of DOESNT
3 OLD HAND
Hold orderly as well as an experienced person (3,4) Anagram of HOLD + AND
4 FRATERNITY
A sea-bird – it nested in young boys’ club (10) (A + TERN + IT) inside FRY
5 PIPE
Smoker’s panatella almost completely stubbed out in dish? (4) (P)anatella inside PIE
6 CONTENT
Kid with camping gear is quite happy (7) CON + TENT
7 FRANK
Force shown by formation of soldiers is to the point (5) F + RANK
8 PENNON
Old money largely being supported by standard (6) (PENN)Y + ON
13 APPROACHED
A quiet veteran, hurt, came to (10) A + P + PRO + ACHED
15 EARLIER ON
Before hearing organ, one with pride showed around the Queen (7,2) EAR + (LION outside ER)
16 SORBET
Eyeball found in prepared dish that’s frozen (6) ORB inside SET
17 TINKLED
Ink was placed first in order after stockist finally rang (7) (INK + LED) after STOCKIS(T)
18 PLACEBO
Remember most of boy’s useless medication (7) PLACE + (BO)Y
19 METHOD
Overdose of drugs is routine (6) METH OD
21 CABLE
Hire car left front of extended line (5) CAB + L + (E)XTENDED
23 RIND
Peel pieces of pear individually (4) peaR INDividually

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 208 – Losing Gracefully

Last weekend I read with interest an interview with David Astle, one of the 7 setters who between them produce the daily cryptic and quick crosswords for The SMH and The Age. Continue reading

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