The Stickler Weekly 268 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 267 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BILE DUCT
“Tube connected to the duodenum” is clued badly in part (4,4) Anagram of CLUED inside BIT
5 TABLET
Medicinal substance is effective time after time (6) (ABLE + T) after T
9 ROAST
A hot joint as filmed by degenerate (5) AS inside ROT
10 UNCLAIMED
Relative died clutching object wanted by no-one (9) (UNCLE + D) outside AIM
12 ONE IN A THOUSAND
Clue for “aim” is exceptional? (3,2,1,8) I inside (A + M)
14 PASS
Free ticket is nearly out-of-date (4) (PASS)e
15 DECLARED
Acknowledged leader in design created lace a bright colour (8) (D)esign + anagram of LACE + RED
18 ENTAILED
Adjustment to date line is required (8) Anagram of DATE LINE
20 FILL
Discharge fellow on the sick list (4) F + ILL
24 GENERAL-PURPOSE
New design of regular pen put forward is very useful (7-7) Anagram of REGULAR PEN + POSE
26 CHAMELEON
Hippie primarily wearing beige, one unusually adaptable person (9) (H)ippie inside CAMEL + anagram of ONE
27 DRAMA
Theatre doctor, a man not fully extended (5) DR + A + (MA)n
28 TRENDY
Stylish conclusion accepted by judge (6) END inside TRY
29 GRADIENT
Rise and decline in monetary aid (8) DIE inside GRANT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BIRD OF PREY
Unorthodox pro fired in close, for an eagle, say (4,2,4) Anagram of PRO FIRED inside BY
2 LEADERS
Commercial spliced into small roll of film upset directors (7) AD inside (S + REEL) reversed
3 DATING
Australian oddball carrying can is seeing someone (6) DAG outside TIN
4 CRUSTY
Hard carbon showing signs of deterioration (6) C + RUSTY
6 ADAMS ALE
A reservoir selling water (5,3) A + DAM + SALE
7 LAMINAR
Scaly creature moved up river (7) ANIMAL reversed + R
8 TIDE
Current drawn using an audio device (4) Sounds like TIED
11 COOKED
Company given approval should be prepared (6) CO + OKED
13 ADULTERANT
Hard-core drug administered with last drop of spirit and mixer (10) ADULT + E + RAN + spiri(T)
16 LINE FEED
Printing operation stuffed around professional’s charge (4,4) LINED outside FEE
17 FEMALE
Iron plugged by poor retired woman (6) FE outside (LAME reversed)
19 TEENAGE
Juvenile is far away from a free agent after change of management (7) Anagram of A FREE AGENT minus FAR
21 IRON AGE
Period in history, one connected with cutting violent anger (4,3) I + (ON inside RAGE)
22 OPENER
A key, maybe, one taken from murdered pioneer (6) Anagram of PIONEER minus I
23 TRADED
Head of this mutated adder may be sold (6) (T)his + anagram of ADDER
25 SCOT
Assorted coats discounted by a European (4) Anagram of COATS minus A

 

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The Stickler Weekly 267

Thanks for your clues for PARTISAN. The last cluing challenge generated a big response, but not so this time. Hard to clue? It looks like people would be happy for me to turn off the comments for a short time after posting, but I’ll wait a few weeks first so others can contribute.

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

The solution to this puzzle will appear next week.

  Clue Hints for The Stickler Weekly 267
  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 267
  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 266
  Invest in the Future of The Stickler

Please include comments or discussion about this crossword below.
Request help in the Clue Hints blog entry so all can see.

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 267 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over 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.
A word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over etc.

The answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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 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.

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.

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.

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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.

  Clue Hints for The Stickler Weekly 266
  Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 266
  Solution to The Stickler Weekly 265
  Invest in the Future of The Stickler

Please include comments or discussion about this crossword below.
Request help in the Clue Hints blog entry so all can see.

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 266 Clue Hints

(click on the clue number to see the hint)

Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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





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25-across

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3-down


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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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