The Stickler Weekly 193 Clue Hints

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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.
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.
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 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.

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 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.
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.

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 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.
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 193 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.

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.

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The Stickler Weekly 192 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STRUCK
Small vehicle involved in a collision (6) S + TRUCK
4 IMPASSES
Fools behind troublemaker’s insurmountable difficulties (8) ASSES after IMP
9 INTENT
Design under canvas? (6) IN TENT
10 BACHELOR
Person who has studied a famous composer, recalled part (8) BACH + (ROLE reversed)
12 PHONETIC
One in perfect pitch (not!) representing vocal sounds? (8) ONE inside anagram of PITCH
13 SUBDUE
Withdrawn coach expected defeat (6) BUS reversed + DUE
14 E-MAIL
One involved in returning unsatisfactory messages (1-4) I inside (LAME reversed)
15 DEFEATIST
Swallow is wrapped in handy wet blanket (9) (EAT + IS) inside DEFT
18 SLENDERLY
Just creditor operating in secret (9) LENDER inside SLY
19 DREAM
Imagine front of daily paper (5) (D)AILY + REAM
21 LOCKED
Having hair fastened with a clasp? (6) Double Definition
23 FRONT-END
Retrieval of web handled by palm-top computer? (5-3) (NET reversed) inside FROND
25 EQUIPPED
Prepared comedienne finally said something funny (8) COMEDIENN(E) + QUIPPED
26 FOLATE
Three-quarters of people ate healthy stuff (6) (FOL)K + ATE
27 TAKE NOTE
Observe gambling game played in state down south (4,4) KENO inside (STATE minus S)
28 TESTES
Established couple recalled balls (6) (SET twice) reversed
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STIPPLE
Pepper and salt put on drink regularly (7) S + TIPPLE
2 RATIONALE
Reasons to limit supply of alcohol (9) RATION + ALE
3 CONCEALED WEAPON
Peace deal now in trouble after fool pocketed gun, say? (9,6) Anagram of PEACE DEAL NOW after CON
5 MEAL
Trimmed beef, say, served with large quantity of food (4) (MEA)T + L
6 A THOUSAND AND ONE
Overwhelming number at home carrying contaminated DNA identified by an expert (1,8,3,3) AT HOUSE outside (anagram of DNA + AN + DON)
7 SOLID
Upstanding one bound by auctioneer’s call (5) I inside SOLD
8 SURFEIT
Swell match held up an excessive amount (7) SURF + TIE (reversed)
11 GIRDER
Embarrassed engineer pushed back metal beam (6) (RED + RIG) reversed
16 FLYERS
They flog, without advertising initially, promotional material (6) FLAYERS minus (A)DVERTISERS
17 INELEGANT
One angle formed in mesh is not neat (9) I + anagram of ANGLE inside NET
18 SALIENT
Conspicuous foreigner standing in the middle of street (7) ALIEN inside ST
20 MADNESS
End up participating in mass hysteria (7) END reversed inside MASS
22 CHUCK
Throw out meat (5) Double Definition
24 VENT
Opening item on a programme started late (4) E(VENT)

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 192 – Offline Solving

I saw a newspaper article the other day discussing the difficulty of not being tech-savvy in this modern age. Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly – Clue-writing Challenge 1 – Response

I’m thrilled many of you had a go at writing a few clues and experienced just a taste of what I go through for about 30 clues every crossword. I intentionally picked “good” words to clue, with a mix of vowels and consonants, multiple definitions and fairly obvious wordplay paths. Next time I might add a harder one.

I’m just back from 10 days away celebrating 30 years married to Linda. I’ve been planning this trip for 6 months, but not everything turned out well. There was five days in Mollymook, south coast, NSW, with four friends who attended our wedding. Somehow, I contracted the flu before the start of the holiday and managed to infect the rest. Two friends went home, and the other two travelled with us to Stroudover Cottage in Bemboka, southern NSW, to attend a live-in cooking course, tailor-made to our requirements. Day one was exhausting as I was really ill and the others gradually got worse. At the start of day two, I contacted the chef and cancelled what was remaining AND a cheese-making course that we had tagged on to the end of the cooking course. Graciously, the chef offered us extra accommodation and the chance to recover and complete both courses, which we did eventually, but with great effort and without the enjoyment that such an experience should involve. Saddest of all, the flu zapped our appetites – the last thing we wanted! We had planned to visit friends in Merimbula, far south coast NSW, but that leg had to be cancelled completely.

We left Stroudover Cottage on the improve but the chef and his wife were suffering quite badly from the flu. A memorable trip, and one that didn’t allow me to be as actively involved with all the clueing efforts as I would have wanted. Still not 100% but back on deck, I’ll endeavour to go through the submitted clues and report back (maybe next week).

If you like cooking, I can’t recommend chef Patrick and Stroudover Cottage highly enough. He created a plan specifically for our needs and at a very reasonable price. Please check it out.

Best

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly – Clue-writing Challenge

My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary yesterday. As a result, I’m giving myself a week off, but I thought I’d give fans a chance to get their hands dirty and write a few clues. I know most of you aren’t interested, but give it a go anyway. Even if you don’t end up posting a clue, I would like you to go through the process of trying to devise a clue.

I used to give my community college students the task of writing just one clue to open a window into my world. There’s no doubt they had a different appreciation of the art of clue-writing after trying to write their own.

Here are three words:

SEPARATE

RESTRAIN

AEROPLANE

Submit clues here for one or more of these words, and feel free to comment on what’s posted but remember this isn’t easy, so be constructive and nice.

You’ll need:

A definition
Wordplay
Nothing else

Best of luck.

The Stickler Weekly will return next week along with last week’s solution.

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 192

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

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

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  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 192
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The Stickler Weekly 192 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.
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 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 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) 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.

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.
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 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 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 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 192 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 Solution 191

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 YELLOW STREAK
Quality of chicken store well treated in talk (6,6) Anagram of STORE WELL inside YAK
9 DIGITAL
Really like it all largely available in electronic form (7) DIG + IT + (AL)L
10 BAR NONE
To a man a farm building must be next to one (3,4) BARN + ONE
11 THEORY
Helium forming minor part of conservative hypothesis (6) HE inside TORY
12 IRONCLAD
Very strict club (and clubs) dealt with youngster (8) IRON + C + LAD
14 DONER KEBAB
Accomplished baker cooked starter of brilliant Middle Eastern food (5,5) DONE + anagram of BAKER + (B)RILLIANT
16 EDEN
Residents of NZ entered paradise? (4) enzED ENtered
18 RARE
Bloody exceptional (4) Double Definition
19 FIELD EVENT
Shot put, say, lifted awkwardly across square (5,5) Anagram of LIFTED outside EVEN
22 PRESENTS
Leading member of parish is offended by offerings (8) (P)ARISH + RESENTS
23 AT EASE
A drink, followed by sex, mostly is relaxed (2,4) A + TEA + (SE)X
26 CRIMSON
Crook family member is flushed (7) CRIM + SON
27 IN A WORD
One on ward suffering disorder briefly (2,1,4) I + anagram of ON WARD
28 SPACE BLANKET
Step clear wearing regular warm clothing (5,7) (PACE + BLANK) inside SET
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 EAGLE
Each golfer regularly recorded shot on course (5) EA + (G)o(L)f(E)r
3 LITERARY
Learned final part of testimony after ordering of retrial (8) TESTIMON(Y) after anagram of RETRIAL
4 WOLF
Playboy issue turned up (4) FLOW reversed
5 TABERNACLE
Celebrant prepared outside a place of worship (10) Anagram of CELEBRANT outside A
6 ERRING
Sleeper, say, with a piece missing, is slipping (6) EARRING minus A
7 KNOWLEDGE
King immediately left border with specific information (9) K + NOW + L + EDGE
8 SEND ON
Forward’s goal guarded by local lad (4,2) END inside SON
9 DATED
Square is late getting up, taking time (5) DEAD reversed outside T
13 RESISTANCE
Opposition’s rise changed a point of view (10) Anagram of RISE + STANCE
15 NURSERIES
Plant growers run back and forth? (9) RUN reversed + SERIES (synonym for RUN)
17 RESTRAIN
Check wet weather after time of little activity (8) RAIN after REST
18 REPACK
Restore music collection kept in stand (6) EP inside RACK
20 TREND
Fashion centres in Britain and Australia close (5) BRI(T)AIN + AUST(R)ALIA + END
21 PERSIA
Is agent withdrawn by a division in Asia once? (6) (IS + REP) reversed + A
24 ADORE
Really like a means of access provided by auditor (5) A + sounds like DOOR
25 TILL
Turn over store for money (4) Double Definition

 

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