AFR Cryptic (30/3/2019) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSTED
Those reassigned by head of department provided entertainment (6) Anagram of THOSE + (D)epartment
4 FARCICAL
Absurd curved shape one noticed in hide of new-born calf? (8) (ARC + I) inside anagram of CALF
9 STAYS UP
Guy, with sign of infection returning, doesn’t go to bed (5,2) STAY + (PUS reversed)
11 TEA BAGS
These may need to be potted to get results (3,4) Cyptic Definition
12 INFINITESIMAL
Very little batting time is not usual during final (13) IN + (anagram of TIME IS inside FINAL)
14 AFRAID
A loud attack is cowardly (6) A + F + RAID
15 CANOODLE
Pet ducks eaten by wicked thing? (8) OO inside CANDLE
18 LABELLED
Foreign beauty, hugged by young man, is named (8) BELLE inside LAD
20 ACT FOR
Replace ring in reconditioned craft (3,3) O inside anagram of CRAFT
23 STORAGE DEVICE
Computer equipment got erased mistakenly before failing (7,6) Anagram of GOT ERASED + VICE
26 EARACHE
A race rescheduled by the man is a problem for listener (7) Anagram of A RACE + HE
27 LATTICE
Trellis at back of unit covered in insects (7) [AT + unit(T)] inside LICE
28 SEPARATE
Individual’s copies backed price (8) APES reversed + RATE
29 GANGES
Associated groups gathered on banks of East Asian river (6) GANGS outside E
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSPITABLE
Helpful shop replaced one piece of furniture (10) Anagram of SHOP + I + TABLE
2 STAFFER
Unlimited offer accepted by leading employee? (7) o)FFE(r inside STAR
3 ESSENTIAL
Reissuing of lease isn’t necessary (9) Anagram of LEASE ISNT
5 & 22-down ARTESIAN WELL
Saline water contaminated large water source (8,4) Anagram of SALINE WATER + L
6 CHASM
Opening has materialised in middle of Pac-Man? (5) HAS inside pa(CM)an
7 CRADLED
Arm of climber on wobbly ladder should be supported (7) (C)limber + anagram of LADDER
8 LOST
Group of retreating foot soldiers not able to be found (4) fooT SOLdiers reversed
10 PUTT
Golf shot backed up time and time again (4) UP reversed + T + T
13 RETRIEVERS
Go-getters are missing a version used in tests (10) (ARE minus A) + (VER inside TRIES)
16 ORCHESTRA
He’s engaged by actors involved with playing group (9)* This clue is faulty
17 RED ALERT
Opening of roads altered amended state of emergency (3,5) (R)oads + anagram of ALTERED
19 BUS TRIP
Arrest unsettled sea journey (3,4) BUST + RIP
21 FAILING
Fellow not very well is going down hill (7) F + AILING
22 See 5-down
24 OCCUR
Come about scoundrel after company in recession (5) CUR after (CO reversed)
25 PENS
Locks away stationery items (4) Double Definition

*The clue published for ORCHESTRA was faulty. My apologies.

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The Stickler Weekly 266

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The Stickler Weekly 266 Clue Hints

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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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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The Stickler Weekly 266 Overseas Help

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The Stickler Weekly 265 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COME FORWARD
Coward engaging me in place of volunteer (4,7) COWARD outside (ME + FOR)
9 PLASTIC
Picture printed on both sides of most recent credit card (7) PIC outside LAST
10 SUCROSE
Sugar, as such, largely increased in price (7) (SUC)h + ROSE
11 TRIANGLE
A tingler that’s played with? (8) Anagram of A TINGLER
12 UNFAIR
Centrepiece of county festival is a bit rough (6) co(UN)ty + FAIR
14 MAIM
Wound male with object (4) M + AIM
15 STRATEGIST
Tactician’s moving target is set in stone (10) Anagram of TARGET IS inside ST
18 MEDITATION
Pondering time spent in good offices (10) T inside MEDIATION
19 STAG
Associates of host, a Greek, like bachelor parties (4) hoST A Greek
22 SCALPS
Promoter, at the front in class, wrongly sells tickets at inflated prices (6) (P)romoter inside anagram of CLASS
24 OFFICERS
Committee members and volunteers interrupted by one heading to court (8) OFFERS outside [I + (C)ourt]
26 ILLICIT
One in evil city cut down criminal (7) I inside [ILL + (CIT)y]
27 ATHLETE
A let admitted by the tennis player possibly (7) A + (LET inside THE)
28 WELL-DRESSED
Spruce’s spring seeds scattered beyond drive (4-7) WELL + (anagram of SEEDS after DR)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CLARIFIED
Head of closed airfield switched shed light on (9) (C)losed + anagram of AIRFIELD
2 MUTINY
Greek character leading very small revolt (6) MU + TINY
3 FACILITATE
One large one, in fact, consumed food with help (10) (I + L + I) inside FACT + ATE
4 ROSE
Wine increased in price… (4) Double Definition
5 ASCENDED
…as clubs closed (8) AS + C + ENDED
6 DOONA
Work on a spread (5) DO + ON + A
7 SPUTUM
Discharged matter presented in problem at school (6) PUT inside SUM
8 SECRET
Confidential witness claiming credit ahead of time (6) (SEE outside CR) + T
13 CAMOUFLAGE
Disguise hint of fennel in blended guacamole (10) (F)ennel inside anagram of GUACAMOLE
16 IN THE LEAD
Winning headline strangely about end of Brexit (2,3,4) Anagram of HEADLINE outside brexi(T)
17 ATYPICAL
Japanese money invested in redeveloped capital is exceptional (8) Y inside anagram of CAPITAL
18 MASHIE
Club Med’s opening that is after eruption of a volcano (6) (M)ed + (IE after ASH)
20 GASKET
It helps seal request listed in contract (6) ASK inside GET
21 NICHES
Large number of Chinese worked in specialised areas (6) Anagram of (CHINES)e
23 ALLOW
Put up with a large weather system (5) A + L + LOW
25 STUD
Colt producer curtailed research (4) (STUD)y

 

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The Stickler Weekly 265

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The Stickler Weekly 265 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.
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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.
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.
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.
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 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 answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
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The Stickler Weekly 265 Overseas Help

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The Stickler Weekly 264 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RECESS
Break up services organised with 6 down? (6) Anagram of SERVICES minus VI
4 HALLOWED
Dedicated community centre was in debt (8) HALL + OWED
10 MUNICIPAL
Civil place in Germany not finished with one comrade (9) (MUNIC)h + I + PAL
11 FORUM
Public meeting in favour of sharing a letter with spirit (5) (FO(R)UM)
12 ESOTERIC
8/9 of 3 resolved? That’s hard to understand (8) Anagram of (SECRETIO)n
13 ORPHAN
Oprah broadcast opening of neonatal ward under normal circumstances (6) ANagram of OPRAH + (N)eonatal
15 NEWISH
Young one giving up love and desire (6) ONE minus O + WISH
16 TOSSPOT
Heavy drinker and another retrieved a difficult situation? (7) SOT reverved + SPOT
19 TEA
Block of chocolate assistant leaves in a bag (3) chocolaTE Assistant
20 CORONAL
Garland available in deep orange-pink colour (7) ON inside CORAL
22 BRAINY
Bright start of day turned wet? (6) (d)ay turned = b + RAINY
25 URSINE
Sulphur found in excretion of a bear (6) S inside URINE
27 SEMESTER
“Academic period” seems to be confused with “short term” (8) Anagram of SEEMS + (TER)m
29 TRIPE
Liner’s journey east (5) TRIP + E
30 TEACHABLE
Every individual in lodge is willing and quick to learn (9) EACH inside TABLE
31 COLD SORE
Parents consumed by heart problem caused by a viral infection (4,4) OLDS inside CORE
32 SPHERE
ISP not supporting one present domain (6) ISP minus I + HERE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RAMSES
Egyptian king hits hard emperors on both sides (6) RAMS + (E)mperor(S)
2 CONSOLE
Kid with exclusive video game machine (7) CON + SOLE
3 SECRETION
Discharge core of bureau in division (9) bu(RE)au inside SECTION
5 ALLY
Count beheaded an associate (4) (t)ALLY
6 LIFER
Jack, say, giving up time, convicted one serving a long sentence (5) LIFTER minus T
7 WORSHIP
Rank pulled over transport honour (7) ROW reversed + SHIP
8 DOMINATE
Work at breaking mine’s control (8) DO + (AT inside MINE)
9 SPRIGHTLY
Energetic agent moved around right and left (9) SPY outside (RIGHT + L)
14 STABLEMAN
Groom’s weird last name containing bride’s first? (9) Anagram of LAST NAME outside (B)ride
17 SPACESHIP
Long distance traveller walks in after finishing with customs (9) (PACES + HIP) after custom(S)
18 ACOUSTIC
Side of inn rendered in a mixed stucco is sound (8) (I)nn inside (A + anagram of STUCCO)
21 RESKILL
Rest briefly, and put down to train employees to do new work (7) (RES)t + KILL
23 NOTABLE
Famous person is climbing on furniture (7) ON reversed + TABLE
24 GRIEVE
Son leaving upset sovereign to mourn (6) Anagram of SOVEREIGN minus SON
26 NEEDS
Head of department, going in, noticed mounting requirements (5) (D)epartment inside (SEEN reversed)
28 STAR
Main attraction is to begin shortly (4) (STAR)t

 

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The Stickler Weekly 264

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