The Stickler Weekly 201 Clue Hints

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

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 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.
The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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 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 201 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 200 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 GRUB
Bug, right, in a different form? (4) Anagram of (BUG + R)
4 DABBLED
Retired criminal, left in bed, played around (7) BAD reversed + (L inside BED)
10 ISINGLASS
A setting agent is in drinking vessel (9) IS + IN + GLASS
11 OFFAL
Removed a large liver for one (5) OFF + A + L
12 RIDGED
Corrugated moulding of grid bends evenly (6) Anagram of GRID + B(E)N(D)S
13 MINI-GOLF
Putting experience and energy, captured by film, in broadcast (4-4) GO inside anagram of FILM IN
15 DENT
Press in study time (4) DEN + T
16 ORNAMENTAL
Fancy title not abbreviated in exam (10) (NAME + NT) inside ORAL
18 TATTERSALL
Lace makers all checked material (10) TATTERS + ALL
19 BEEF
Fine imposed after honey maker’s complaint (4) F after BEE
22 BOUFFANT
Expert six-footer, inhaling oxygen, is puffed out (8) (BUFF + ANT) outside O
23 MANAGE
Look after back of chihuahua covered in skin disease (6) CHIHUAHU(A) inside MANGE
25 SMEAR
Malign listener after brief text message (5) EAR after (SM)S
26 ELONGATED
Happy about song lacking an introduction being lengthened (9) ELATED outside S(ONG)
27 OATMEAL
A meat goulash served in middle of cold, coarsely ground foodstuff (7) (A + anagram of MEAT) inside C(OL)D
28 SORE
Cut by mouth is painful (4) Sounds like SAW
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 RUGGED
Uneven covering aged without alteration initially (6) RUG + [AGED minus (A)LTERATION]
3 BEAD
Layer soaking up a drop of liquid (4) BED outside A
4 DESPICABLE
Half of nude picture painted in black is shameful (10) NU(DE) + (PIC inside SABLE)
5 BROMIDES
Newly-weds carried around ring and minute photographic prints (8) BRIDES outside (O + M)
6 LIFE OF THE PARTY
What entertaining person came to do? (4,2,3,5) Cryptic Definition
7 DOLEFUL
Carry out large blend of fuel that’s blue (7) DO + anagram of FUEL
8 TIERED
Draw colour in rows (6) TIE + RED
9 WIND INSTRUMENT
Went outside during commotion to play guitar and didgeridoo, say (4,10) WENT outside (IN + DIN + STRUM)
14 PRISON CELL
Image management starting to sweat once inside diseased ward section (6,4) PR + [(S)WEAT + ONCE] inside ILL
17 PERFORCE
Salesman stood up for gutless coupe inevitably? (8) REP reversed + FOR + C(OUP)E
18 TABASCO
Bill company stocking, for instance, hot stuff (7) (TAB + CO) outside AS
20 FIELDS
Retrieves primary piece of data in corrupted files (6) (D)ATA inside anagram of FILES
21 HANGER
One dressing, say, missing original wardrobe item (6) C(HANGER)
24 MOSS
He took two tablets, dropping ecstasy and stuff in bog (4) MOSES minus E

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 200 – Looking Up

A dictionary can be a setter’s best friend or worst enemy. I rely heavily on dictionaries to get things right, but in the modern world, what’s acceptable and current is a bit of a moving target. Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly Turns 200

This week, crossword number 200, marks almost four years of The Stickler Weekly. I must admit I didn’t know how long it/I would last, but I think four years is a good effort. The hardest thing is to keep motivated, which gets increasingly more difficult as my other crossword work continues to dwindle. Counter-intuitively, the more work I had, the easier it was to focus on crosswords. You’d think more time would mean a more relaxed, keenly-crafted crossword, but it doesn’t. I have so much time I can’t sustain the concentration required do to a productive job. I used to be six weeks ahead with The Stickler in The Daily Telegraph, that’s 36 crosswords, now The Stickler Weekly is a just-in-time effort.
For me, probably more surprising than reaching the 200 Stickler Weekly milestone, is the uninterrupted production of a weekly spiel. Who’d have thought there were that many things to talk about in the crossword world? It’s hard coming up with something different each week so please submit any crossword topics you’d like me to talk about, or perhaps a past topic that you’d like me to expand on.
As with the production of The Stickler Weekly, other planned tasks are slow to complete. Indexing of past spiels hasn’t gone very far and a comprehensive links page isn’t past the initial stages. I’ll get there eventually…

Thanks for all the support, feedback and comments.

Best and thanks.

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 200

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The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

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  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 199
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The Stickler Weekly 200 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 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 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 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 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 found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.
There is only one part to this clue, a definition, and it's usually a play on words. There aren't any indicators.
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 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.

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.
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The Stickler Weekly 200 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 199 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RYDER CUP
Equestrian reportedly caught up with international competition (5,3) Sounds like RIDER + C + UP
5 WRISTS
Legal documents breached by opening of sleazy joints (6) WRITS outside (S)LEAZY
9 FUSES
Fellow handles explosive attachments (5) F + USES
10 SELF-TIMER
Term is coined involving brownie camera function (4-5) ELF inside anagram of TERM IS
12 INTERMIXED
Changed index containing expression, one jumbled up (10) Anagram of INDEX outside (TERM + I)
13 RAKE
A playboy leaves collector (4) Double Definition
15 GO PLACES
New version of gospel plugged by a churchman primarily to succeed (2,6) Anagram of GOSPEL outside [A + (C)HURCHMAN]
16 OLD-HAT
Antiquated, rickety hand tool not holding on (3-3) Anagram of HAND TOOL minus ON
18 GOOFED
Professional holding iron made a mistake (6) GOOD outside FE
19 RHINITIS
Nose infection’s resistance is documented after hospital accepted it (8) R + [IS after (H + IN + IT)]
22 TYPE
Kind characters in authority, perhaps (4) authoriTY PErhaps
23 VINTAGE CAR
VIN and docket reflected race vehicle of old (7,3) VIN + TAG + (RACE reversed)
25 POTPOURRI
Pour drop of red into container with one fragrant mixture (9) [POUR + (R)ED] inside (POT + I)
26 TILDE
Punctuation mark left in withdrawn rewrite (5) L inside (EDIT reversed)
27 THRIFT
Most of the division is saving (6) (TH)E + RIFT
28 DEFRAYAL
Conflict in trade settlement (8) FRAY inside DEAL
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RAFTING
Rapid negotiation behind breaking syndicate (7) AFT inside RING
2 DESKTOP COMPUTER
Weird customer kept iPod disconnected from one electronic organiser (7,8) Anagram of CUSTOMER KEPT IPOD minus I
3 RESURFACED
Surf star, wearing red, didn’t drown? (10) (SURF + ACE) inside RED
4 UNSOILED
Oddly-shaped nodule is free of blemishes (8) Anagram of NODULE IS
6 RUTS
Ingredients of moisturiser fixed up line markings (4) moiSTURiser reversed
7 SYMPATHETICALLY
They’ll impact, say, broadcast with feeling (15) Anagram of THEYLL IMPACT SAY
8 SERPENT
Malicious person is ready to drop around heart of alderman (7) SPENT outside ALD(ER)MAN
11 LIED
Ran around island and told stories (4) LED outside I
14 ALLNIGHTER
Convert keeping close once at the end of long, dark experience (10) ALTER outside (NIGH after L)
17 CHATLINE
Client has cut off misused telephone service (8) Anagram of (CLIENT HA)S
18 GO TO POT
Degenerate understood nothing on drugs (2,2,3) GOT + O + POT
20 SURREAL
Bizarre right claimed by firm, a lawyer’s first (7) R inside SURE + A + (L)AWYER
21 TIER
Level match heading for replay (4) TIE + (R)EPLAY
24 GOLF
Use clubs, say, to strike back (4) FLOG reversed

 

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The Stickler Weekly Insights 199 – Looking Ahead

Last week there was a reasonable amount of discussion about 23-down: 7 – 5 = 2? Continue reading

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