The Stickler Weekly 267 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 266 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SABOTAGE
Expert, checking boat, repaired malicious damage (8) SAGE outside anagram of BOAT
5 PRIMUS
Particular American gas cooker (6) PRIM + US
9 AGREE TO
Accept a welcome by head of organisation (5,2) A + GREET + (O)rganisation
10 DRASTIC
Drive with a puncture briefly? That’s desperate (7) DR + A + (STIC)k
11 DISSIPATED
Is drink poured into old hat wasted? (10) (IS + SIP) inside DATED
12 IRON
Press on after contracting bug (4) ON after (IR)k
14 NIGHT-OWLS
Birds developed with long feathers ultimately (5-4) Anagram of WITH LONG + feather(S)
16 EBAY
Auction site may be redesigned just after opening (4) Anagram of m(AY BE)
18 ROOM
Dock returned usable space (4) MOOR reversed
19 RING A BELL
Jewellery and label oddly seem familiar (4,1,4) RING + anagram of LABEL
21 RUSE
Get through after juggler’s last trick (4) USE after juggle(R)
22 LITTLE JOHN
Hood’s friend left the joint, upset about final letter read in jail (6,4) L + [anagram of THE JOINT outside jai(L)]
25 BANKING
Seize retired bigwig’s financial transactions (7) NAB reversed + KING
26 BREADTH
Sourdough, for example, served with nearly all of the spread (7) BREAD + (TH)e
27 DIESEL
Engine stops working well with limitations removed (6) DIES + w)EL(l
28 MEASURED
A bound taken during medical should be evaluated (8) (A + SURE) inside MED
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 STANDING
Taking part in contest and in good position (8) conteST AND IN Good
2 BIROS
Writers, right, plugging short stories about life (5) R inside BIOS
3 THE BIG TIME
Tie might be needed in audience for highest level of entertainment? (3,3,4) Anagram of TIE MIGHT BE
4 GLOBAL WARMING
Blog implicated capital of Wales in dreadful international problem (6,7) Anagram of BLOG + (W)ales inside ALARMING
6 READ
Understand what’s written on public notice (4) RE + AD
7 MOTORCADE
Procession actor arranged in style (9) Anagram of ACTOR inside MODE
8 SECOND
Endorse company shown in broadcast (6) CO inside SEND
10 DRESSING-TABLE
Ordered art, single beds and bedroom furniture (8-5) Anagram of ART SINGLE BEDS
13 SEDATENESS
Controlled state seat needs changing by 8? (10) Anagram of SEAT NEEDS + S(econd)
15 GOOD SENSE
Sound judgement ends badly in case of foolish person (4,5) Anagram of ENDS inside GOOSE
17 BLANCHED
Chef mostly dressed in boring white (8) (CHE)f inside BLAND
20 PROBED
Page, formally attired, asked questions (6) P + ROBED
23 ORDER
Regulate state lines with no boundaries (5) b)ORDER(s
24 MILE
Corrupted email missing a great deal (4) Anagram of EMAIL minus A

 

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The Stickler Weekly Catch-up Time

Catch-up

The website stats show a large number of solvers are running at least one crossword behind at the moment. The Stickler Weekly will take a week’s break to allow solvers to catch up.

Posts

In a sort of related matter, I am concerned that people can be intimidated by how quickly some can solve The Stickler Weekly, and may either give up early or resort to word-solving websites in order the accelerate their solve as a result. It is a weekly crossword, and while some can finish quickly, the majority take much longer. To alleviate pressure that early comments might cause, I’m considering disabling the comments on The Stickler Weekly posts for 1 or 2 days after publishing. This may have an impact on the number of weekly posts overall, but I think it could be worthwhile. There’s nothing to stop anyone sending me an email about a crossword if necessary. What do you think?

Cluing challenge

Most of you would be aware of my cryptic crossword cluing philosophy regarding definition/wordplay etymological crossover. I try not to have ANY relationship in whole or part between the definition and the wordplay. This style originated in the US and it leads to more pure clues but it does add restrictions to the palette of the setter.

To demonstrate how this works, write a clue for PARTISAN without using PART as an element in the wordplay. PART in PARTISAN has the same origin as the lone PART. As there is only one entry in the dictionary, all meanings of PART are taboo, whether noun, verb or adverb. Give it a go as there are many other breakdowns available.

The Stickler Weekly 267 and solution to The Stickler Weekly 266 will appear next week.

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The Stickler Weekly 266

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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  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 265
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Enjoy!

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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

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 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

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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Please include comments or discussion about this crossword below.
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It’s a weekly crossword, so please don’t give/discuss any full answers until the solution is posted (such posts will be deleted/edited).

Enjoy!

The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 265 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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

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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