The Stickler Weekly 260

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The Stickler Weekly 260 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.
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 answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
The answer is hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 260 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 259 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COMES
Appears to criticise one abandoning businesses (5) COMPANIES minus (PAN + I)
4 CATATONIC
Unresponsive pet needing a shot in the arm (9) CAT + A + TONIC
9 MONTAGE
Artistic work on label owned by the writer (7) (ON + TAG) inside ME
10 SCRAPER
Salesperson bends back cleaning tool (7) (REP + ARCS) reversed
11 PAINSTAKINGLY
Paint a royal hugging head of state with much care (13) (PAINT + A + KINGLY) outside (S)TATE
14 DILI
Fellow not welcome in hard-working East Timorese town (4) DILIGENT minus GENT
15 DIARRHOEA
Sortie retrieved a hero treated for dysentery (9) RAID reversed + anagram of A HERO
18 INTRICATE
Fancy home with ordinary clothing about (9) IN + (TRITE outside CA)
19 SNOT
Air filter many switched around (4) TONS reversed
21 SCREENWRITERS
Westerner is wrongly taking credit for film’s essential personnel (13) Anagram of WESTERNER IS outside CR
24 BAPTISE
A point is used in live call (7) (A + PT + IS) inside BE
26 INKWELL
Calligrapher may use one in back of book skilfully (7) IN + BOO(K) + WELL
27 ENTANGLED
Snared gannet at sea managed (9) Anagram of GANNET + LED
28 ROTOR
Run out to bowler’s final spinner (5) RO + TO + BOWLE(R)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CAMP
Vice not gripping large section (4) CLAMP minus L
2 MANIPULATOR
Worker turned up in Filipino city to rest primarily (11) UP reversed inside MANILA + TO + (R)EST
3 SPADIX
Fleshy spike of flowers – half a dozen – seen growing outside home (6) SIX outside PAD
4 CLEPSYDRA
Timing mechanism is not needed in refurbished disc players (9) Anagram of DISC PLAYERS minus IS
5 TESLA
Famous electrical engineer’s contribution to Descartes’ Law (5) descarTES LAw
6 TERRIERS
Enthusiastic people do the wrong thing inside banks (8) ERR inside TIERS
7 NIP
Pinch a small drink (3) Double Definition
8 CURRY PASTE
Kneaded pastry stored in preserve with spicy ingredient (5,5) Anagram of PASTRY inside CURE
12 GROUNDSHEET
Get separated by patrol with the woman under cover (11) GET outside (ROUND + SHE)
13 ADMISSIBLE
Commercial weapon stationed outside front of base is lawful (10) (AD + MISSILE) outside (B)ASE
16 ACETIFIED
Hotshot, bound over in case, turned sour (9) ACE + (TIED outsdie IF)
17 NIGERIAN
National remaining irritated with minutes lost (8) Anagram of REMAINING minus M
20 BEAKER
Potassium nitrate’s back in exhibit’s glass jar (6) [K + NITRAT(E)] inside BEAR
22 WHEEL
Rotate tungsten end of golf club (5) W + HEEL
23 BLUR
A confused impression given by short promotional statement (4) (BLUR)B
25 POT
Cover up container of plants (3) TOP reversed

 

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The Stickler Weekly 259

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The Stickler Weekly 259 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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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.
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 found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 259 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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The Stickler Weekly 258 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CATAPULT
Sling a listening device secured by religious group (8) (A + TAP) inside CULT
5 POSTS
Structural supports are removed from damaged seaports (5) Anagram of SEAPORTS minus ARE
9 MANAGER
Feeding unit opened up by a supervisor (7) MANGER outside A
10 WAGONER
Western driver, possibly, lost in combat (7) GONE in WAR
11 LAYING
Putting down any girl out of line right away (6) Anagram of ANY GIRL minus R
12 STEADIER
Pilot, taking notice, connected to one with stabilising influence (8) STEER outside (AD + I)
13 POLICYHOLDERS
People covered slippery cargo area wearing Australian loafers (13) (ICY + HOLD) inside POLERS
16 ENTERTAINMENT
Lodge and tent carrying broadcast of main leisure activity (13) ENTER + (TENT outside anagram of MAIN)
20 EXORCISM
Ogre is playing a part in exam’s release? (8) EXAM with A = (ORC IS)
21 PRATER
One who talks a lot to class involved in public relations (6) RATE in side PR
24 SPECULA
Capsule refitted with polished metal reflectors (7) Anagram of CAPSULE
25 RAILING
A supporting barrier is trouble inside circus enclosure (7) AIL inside RING
26 LIMIT
Check stock of local imitations (5) locaL IMITations
27 CAUGHT ON
Criminal punched by a thug in a frenzy got wise (6,2) CON outside anagram of A THUG
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COMPLY
Go along with outlet free of complexity (6) COMPLEXITY minus EXIT
2 TANGY
Bug turned up on side of sticky tart (5) GNAT reversed + STICK(Y)
3 PAGINAL
Computer system, one opening up like a book (7) (LAN + I + GAP) reversed
4 LARD
Part of regular diet is fat (4) reguLAR Diet
5 PIGTAIL
Sort of plait covering one girl’s head? (7) Anagram of PLAIT outside [I + (G)IRL]
6 SENTIMENT
Feeling it, upstanding people should be used in broadcast (9) [(IT reversed) + MEN) inside SENT
7 SURPRISE
Stable outside Paris not getting a start (8) SURE outside (PARIS minus A)
8 SWITCH ON
Charming person embraced by child set off (6,2) WITCH inside SON
13 PETROLEUM
Crude role in silent picture originally given backing (9) ROLE inside [MUTE + (P)ICTURE] reversed
14 CLASS WAR
Troubled rascal, running around, saw heartless conflict caused by social division? (5,3) Anagram of RASCAL outside S(a)W
15 REVERSAL
Odd bits of rust appearing in display switch (8) (R)u(S)t inside REVEAL
17 RECRUIT
Take on fawn – it must be south of river (7) (ECRU + IT) after R
18 EARNING
Scholarship with no upper limit is making money (7) (L)EARNING
19 DRAGON
Large lizard is to continue slowly and tediously (6) DRAG ON
22 TWIST
Pair nearly is on time to dance (5) (TW)O + IS + T
23 ARIA
Distracted au pair not impressed with leading song (4) Anagram of AU PAIR minus UP

 

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The Stickler Weekly 258

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The Stickler Weekly 258 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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6-down

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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.
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 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.

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.
Part or all of the answer is found by replacing a section in a word (or its synonym) with a word (or its synonym), letters, or letter. An appropriate indicator like "for a", replacing, switching etc 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.
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