AFR Cryptic (8/7/2017) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DISMISSIVE
Is young lady living in disreputable place scornful? (10) (IS + MISS) inside DIVE
6 BRAS
A large number of bold women wear these (4) (BRAS)H
9 CLUMP
Clubs put up with strike (5) C + LUMP
10 OVERDRAFT
A drover renovated vacated flat with borrowed money? (9) Anagram of A DROVER + F(la)T
12 DETERGENTS
Cleaning chemicals block toilets (10) DETER + GENTS
13 OIL
It’s required for lubricating parts of boiler (3) bOILer
15 AGEISM
Certain discrimination is captured in a masterpiece (6) IS inside (A + GEM)
16 ESPOUSED
Adopted a different pose previously employed by another (8) Anagram of POSE + USED
18 CAMP OVEN
Outback baker, a politician, invested in charming bunch (4,4) (A + MP) inside COVEN
20 BOWSAW
Cutter was steered back behind front of ship (6) WAS reversed after BOW
23 ION
Resistance dropped by iron particle that’s charged (3) IRON minus R
24 ILLUSTRATE
Depict ailing king in unusual statue (10) ILL + (R inside anagram of STATUE)
26 NIGHTLIFE
The filing interfered with activities after dark (9) Anagram of THE FILING
27 BREAK
Bill containing right division (5) BEAK outside R
28 DIRE
Colourist sounded horrible (4) Sounds like DYER
29 RESTLESSLY
Crook sells tyres in an agitated state (10) Anagram of SELLS TYRES
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DUCK
Avoid a low score in cricket (4) Double Definition
2 SHUT-EYE
What a tired person needs, they use anyway (4-3) Anagram of THEY USE
3 IMPRESSIONIST
One who’s ready for take-off? (13) Cryptic Definition
4 SPONGY
Agent, carrying on with girl, initially is lacking firmness (6) SPY outside [ON + (G)IRL]
5 VIENNESE
Austrian contest seen in a different light after end of competition (8) VIE + [anagram of SEEN after competitio(N)]
7 REASONS
Excuses are fabricated by junior family members (7) Anagram of ARE + SONS
8 SETTLE DOWN
Group headed into town to cool off (6,4) SET + (LED inside TOWN)
11 DISHONOURABLE
Food on our table, served without starter, is shameful (13) DISH + ON + OUR + T(ABLE)
14 SANCTIONED
Reappointed deacon isn’t official (10) Anagram of DEACON ISNT
17 HELLFIRE
The man, left with rifle, sorted out infernal punishment (8) HE + L + anagram of RIFLE
19 MANAGER
Feeding trough opened up by a supervisor (7) MANGER outside A
21 SETTERS
Colonists releasing large dogs (7) SETTLERS minus L
22 ASCENT
Value of a bouquet is way up (6) A + SCENT
25 OKAY
Top removed from sweet wine is fine (4) T(OKAY)

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The Stickler Weekly Delayed One Week

I’ve decided to restructure my website slightly, separating the weekly solution from the crossword spiel that has accompanied it from day one. I’m going right back to the beginning. It’s taken me a while to realise that the crossword spiel is largely overlooked by solvers, especially those who have completed the crossword without a problem and don’t need to check the solution. There are probably solvers and visitors out there that aren’t aware the crossword spiel exists at all, and, because it takes a lot of effort to come up with something new every week, I want as much exposure as possible. This separation also allows me flag particular crossword topics for inclusion on social media platforms and in other blogs, that is, as a standalone piece of work, it has more sharing appeal. I’m hoping this will increase the traffic to my website, and get The Stickler Weekly more well known. Another plus is that I can categorise my crossword posts so that people can find posts that particularly interest them. So, when this work is complete, the crossword spiel will appear as a separate post and will have keywords attached so people can find all posts on a particular topic.
This is a lot of work (185 posts need to be dissected, categorised and reposted), that needs continuity, so The Stickler Weekly is taking a one week break so I can complete a big chunk of this work.
I want to thank all those who’ve contributed so far this year, both financially and on the website – your efforts have been most encouraging.

Best

The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 185 Solution

I recently helped a friend drive to Alice Springs to go on a spirit journey. He needed his 4WD, so we drove from Sydney for three days through Mildura and Port Augusta. My role was to get him there safely and fly home. A spirit journey is one led by an Aboriginal person on their own land, where they share stories of their ancestry and connection to the land. By all accounts, everyone who goes is deeply impacted by the experience.
I got to stay on a property for two days as people gathered, an expereince in itself, as Alice and its inhabitiants are special people.
As a setter of word puzzles, I must pay very close attention to words that might be considered sensitive and/or offensive. Such words have increased dramatically in number over the years I’ve been setting, with publications and agencies erring on the side of caution. It generally means, rather than get it wrong, some words are just not used.
I was discussing local issues in Alice Springs with others and used the term “Aborigines” much to the disgust of the people around me. As a setter I’d been very careful in how and when I used words like Aboriginal and Aborigine, knowing from my references that the terms had changed in use over time. I had, in fact, reverted to the original, lower-case meanings of the words in my crosswords to ensure I didn’t upset anyone. I was surprised to learn that now Aborigine could be considered offensive, and that Aboriginal person was the accepted term. This isn’t reflected in references (yet) but is definitely in effect in the real world. Sadly, setters find the easy thing to do is not use such terms at all to avoid a backlash, perhaps, banishing some references of our First Peoples from our crosswords, just to be sure.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEACE-OFFERING
Looking around, expert dispensed with rotten olive branch (5-8) PEERING outside (ACE + OFF)
9 COTERIE
Ecstasy discovered in crooked erotic club that’s exclusive (7) E inside anagram of EROTIC
10 TRAINER
Instructor drops from the sky inside territory (7) RAIN inside TER
11 LIMOS
Large one shortened most luxury vehicles (5) L + I + (MOS)T
12 TERRORISM
Admission of pilot error is mainly an intimidating act (9) piloT ERROR IS Mainly
13 DITCHING
Getting rid of dog’s head irritation (8) (D)OG + ITCHING
15 SEAWAY
Authority filled in by representative of each shipping lane (6) EA inside SWAY
18 SICKLE
Cropper not feeling well left half way through (6) SICK + (LE)FT
19 SOFT SOAP
Irregular spots of a cleaning agent (4,4) Anagram of SPOTS OF A
22 NORWEGIAN
European and not, say, one with white skin? (9) NOR + [(EG + I) inside WAN]
24 SHEAR
First to see and listen to clip (5) (S)EE + HEAR
25 LISTING
Going over computer output (7) Double Definition
26 HOLD OUT
Last offer (4,3) Double Definition
27 SHAKESPEAREAN
Student of literature gets to writer carrying tract (13) SHAKES + PEN outside AREA
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PICKLED
Harvest was first treated with preservative (7) PICK + LED
2 ASTHMATIC
Person with a breathing problem in coma that is deprived of oxygen strangely (9) Anagram of COMA THAT IS minus O
3 EARLS
Upstanding people, hearing organ, left before start of song (5) EAR + L + (S)ONG
4 FLEETING
Short bolt joining metal and panelling at the back (8) FLEE + TIN + PANELLIN(G)
5 ESTERS
Initial temperature released by those who analyse organic compounds (6) TESTERS minus the first T
6 IN A MOMENT
Sultanate backed people entering IT very quickly (2,1,6) (OMAN reversed + MEN) inside IT
7 GENII
One elected, for example, returned spirits (5) (I + IN + EG) reversed
8 CRUMMY
Opening of competitive card game is not good (6) (C)OMPETITIVE + RUMMY
14 HELVETICA
The evil act greatly changed face (9) Anagram of (THE EVIL AC)T
16 WHOLESOME
Innocent breaches admitted by women mostly (9) HOLES inside (WOME)N
17 TOWNSHIP
Settlement has hospital built in view of peak (8) (OWNS + H) inside TIP
18 SINGLY
Series of molecules in glycerol apart from others (6) moleculeS IN GLYcerol
20 PURITAN
Joke about lovely meter maid is moralistic (7) PUN outside RITA
21 JIGGLE
Shake and dance with broken leg (6) JIG + anagram of LEG
23 RISES
Rebels head away from very dangerous situations (5) C(RISES)
24 SALSA
Dance mix that’s spicy (5) Double Definition

 

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The Stickler Weekly 185

The Stickler for this week is now available. Please select your preferred solving format.

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The Stickler Weekly 185 Clue Hints

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22-across


27-across


4-down


6-down

7-down

14-down

16-down

17-down


20-down

23-down

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.
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.
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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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 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 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 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.

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.
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The Stickler Weekly 185 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 184 Solution

I’ve been steadily losing crossword work since the GFC. Two big chunks were puzzle-book work for APC (now Bauer Media) and then, of course, all my News Ltd work which included The Stickler. Various online puzzles have come and gone, and work through a media agency has been reduced bit by bit. I’ve written crosswords for just about every type of publication you can think of: fishing magazine, pay TV channel, gardening magazine, church publication etc etc – all now, sadly, résumé items never to return. One area that has been consistent, but low frequency, has been airline magazines. I went from one airline to another and have done sixty crosswords over the years. Last January I received word from the magazine company that the crossword was no longer needed as the airline asked them to get rid of it, however, there was a plan to include a similar crossword in one of their other publications. Two weeks ago I was asked to create the first one of these and the magazine company gave me some feedback on why the original crossword had been axed. Apparently it was TOO POPULAR, and the airline had been replacing the inflight magazines that had filled-in crosswords with fresh copies, costing them more in printing costs. (I don’t fly often but rarely do I find an inflight magazine with the crossword untouched – most airlines don’t seem to care whether it’s been filled in or not). I’ve had crosswords cancelled for all sorts of reasons but never because they were too popular. Sometimes you lose even when you win.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ROCK-BOTTOM
Low music, time and time again used in big sound (4-6) ROCK + (TT inside BOOM)
6 APES
A deadly epidemic disease nearly finished off parrots (4) A + (PES)T
9 PESTO
Selection of canapes topped with sauce (5) canPES TOpped
10 ART LOVERS
Dilettantes left on high in presence of excited star (3,6) (L + OVER) inside anagram of STAR
12 STANDING
Joiner in smart position (8) AND inside STING
13 UPTIME
Corrupted computer dies without coders working hours (6) Anagram of COMPUTER DIES minus CODERS
15 LEAPER
Outcast providing shelter for a bounder (6) LEPER outside A
16 UPRIGHT
Honest old maid living in ramshackle hut (7) PRIG inside anagram of HUT
18 ACT
One part of Australia to do something (3) Double Definition
19 NOVICES
Trainees turned on tools (7) ON reversed + VICES
21 FOUGHT
Stronghold soundly defended (6) Sounds like FORT
24 GANTRY
Annoying one returned to test a supporting framework (6) NAG reversed + TRY
25 VERIFIER
Contender, filled with passion, pushed around official checker (8) VIER outside (FIRE reversed)
27 ASSEMBLED
Gathered masses mostly scattered and ran (9) Anagram of (MASSE)S + BLED
28 ICTUS
Some involved in conflict used a sudden attack (5) conflICT USed
29 SUNK
Brown kelp primarily on the rocks (4) SUN + (K)ELP
30 IMPRESARIO
Company director reviewed primaries before heading to office? (10) Anagram of PRIMARIES + (O)FFICE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RAPIST
Trained healer not supporting the sex offender (6) THERAPIST minus THE
2 CASCADE
Fellow not liked in boxing, falls (7) CAD inside CASE
3 BROAD-SPECTRUM
Wild cats probed with spirit having a wide range of uses (5-8) Anagram of CATS PROBED + RUM
4 TRAIN CRASH
Rubbish written about beaten-up car in transport accident (5,5) TRASH outside anagram of CAR IN
5 OATH
Promise made to athlete taking part (4) tO ATHlete
7 PEEKING
Noble clipped king having a quick look (7) (PEE)R + KING
8 SUSPECTS
Country with power in the hands of religious groups and questionable people (8) (US + P) inside SECTS
11 OPPORTUNITIES
Surgery unit, fitted with port that is small, breaks (13) (OP + UNIT) outside PORT + IE + S
14 OUTFIELDER
Equipment largely used by senior baseballer or cricketer (10) (OUTFI)T + ELDER
17 ANAGRAMS
A fault-finder strikes hard setter’s work, perhaps (8) A + NAG + RAMS
20 VENISON
Meat from oven is whisked back to kitchen (7) Anagram of OVEN IS + KITCHE(N)
22 HOISTER
Lift operator is in hotel unloading left and right (7) IS inside (HOTEL minus L) + R
23 PRESTO
Nine crossing river’s rapid? (6) PESTO outside R
26 PLUM
Four slices of fleshy fruit (4) (PLUM)P

 

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The Stickler Weekly 184

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The Stickler Weekly 184 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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


1-across



10-across

12-across



16-across


24-across

25-across

27-across

29-across

30-across


2-down


7-down

8-down

11-down

14-down

17-down

20-down

22-down


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 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 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.
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 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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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 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 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.
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.

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.

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.
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The Stickler Weekly 184 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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