The Stickler Weekly Unfortunate Break

On Saturday the 15th of December, really bad weather struck our area of Sydney. Power was lost, and didn’t return until the following Monday night. However, the NBN network was badly damaged. Luckily I had already completed last week’s Stickler, so it went ahead as normal. Unfortunately I’m still without internet, landline and pay TV, as they all run through the same cabling which hasn’t yet been repaired. I operate my work through a wired desktop PC, and I haven’t found an easy way to duplicate my setup somewhere else or hook up some kind if mobile internet service that works well with my PC. Consequently I haven’t done ANY crossword work in the last week. This means no Stickler Weekly or last week’s solution for this week. I had an email almost ready for general distribution – that’s on hold. I also had a giant Christmas Tree crossword for 2018 half written – that’s on the scrapheap. I’m told it could be another week before the internet returns – let’s hope it’s much sooner than that!

I received a number of contributions this month – many thanks to those kind people.

Thanks for doing The Stickler Weekly – it will return next week (hopefully).

Best and thanks

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 252

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The Stickler Weekly 252 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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3-down

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6-down

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23-down

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.
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.
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.
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 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 252 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)


6-across

5-down

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The Stickler Weekly 251 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOODWINK
Deceive gangster and secure crook finally (8) HOOD + WIN + CROO(K)
5 THEMES
The network curtailed items proposed for discussion (6) THE + (MES)H
10 SHALLOW
Everything on view in exhibition is lacking depth (7) ALL inside SHOW
11 IN TRUTH
One New Testament character, related to David actually (2,5) I + NT + RUTH
12 ASSISTANCE
Help as is needed in position (10) AS + (IS inside STANCE)
13 GO TO
Approach experienced head of operations (2,2) GOT + (O)PERATIONS
15 EVIL ONE
I have returned with single character that cannot be trusted (4,3) IVE reversed + LONE
17 NOOSES
Loops ring through the middle of nose close to lips (6) O inside NOSE + LIP(S)
18 DOT
Organise time period (3) DO + T
20 COME TO
Revive space traveller with oxygen (4,2) COMET + O
21 ISTHMUS
Neck is so cut by machete initially (7) IS + [THUS outside (M)ACHETE]
23 OPUS
Work round festering issue (4) O + PUS
24 FIGURATIVE
Typical sort of guitar owned by quintet (10) Anagram of GUITAR inside FIVE
27 STAND-IN
Offensive act taking time and reserve (5-2) SIN outside (T + AND)
28 NAGGERS
They always pick new release of Grange, and starter of salmon (7) Anagram of GRANGE + (S)ALMON
29 PEEPER
Get rid of unwanted matter for a voyeur (6) PEE + PER
30 VENTOLIN
Preparation of salbutamol not strangely left in blood vessel (8) (Anagram of NOT + L) inside VEIN
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOSTAGES
People detained by army a relatively long time (8) HOST + AGES
2 OKAYS
Big punch up, say, ruined sanctions (5) KO reversed + anagram of SAY
3 WELL-SPOKEN
Articulate sources dig Newton (4-6) WELLS + POKE + N
4 NEW CALEDONIANS
Islanders making island canoe, possibly? (3,11) Anagram of ISLAND CANOE makes CALEDONIANS
6 HITS
Hotel is taking into account temperature impacts (4) (H + IS) outside T
7 MAUSOLEUM
Gold individual found in old lady’s vault (9) (AU + SOLE) inside MUM
8 SCHOOL
Small hospital invested in sophisticated training centre (6) S + (H inside COOL)
9 DISCONTINUANCE
Social event, held outside, is against retired unit stopping (14) DANCE outside [IS + CON (UNIT reversed)]
14 SOFT TARGET
Get behind start of developed site that’s considered vulnerable (4,6) GET after anagram of START OF
16 INOCULATE
Protect one copper after number departed (9) I + (CU after NO) + LATE
19 USHERS IN
Introduces drug dealer, not starting with wrongdoing (6,2) (P)USHER + SIN
22 DOES UP
Secures employment in school heading in a new direction (4,2) (USE in POD) reversed
25 IDEAL
Banker’s claim is fanciful (5) I DEAL
26 EDGE
Bind unbound book of accounts? (4) (L)EDGE(R)

 

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The Stickler Weekly 251

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The Stickler Weekly 251 Clue Hints

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Click on underlined text for explanation of terms.

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


1-across

5-across




15-across

21-across


27-across

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2-down

3-down

4-down


7-down

8-down

9-down

19-down

22-down

26-down

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.
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) 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.
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.
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.
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 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 structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters, then the entire result is reversed. The type of container clue involved is determined by an appropriate containment 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.

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The Stickler Weekly 251 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)


28-across

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The Stickler Weekly 250 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SOCIABLE
Outgoing taxi transporting one parting individual (8) (I inside CAB) inside SOLE
5 FARROW
A good way to scrap litter (6) FAR + ROW
9 EPILEPSY
Nervous disorder may be written down in records close to surgery (8) PILE inside EPS + SURGER(Y)
10 WEAPON
Gained victory holding modified pea shooter, say (6) WON outside anagram of PEA
12 HOARD
Put away ring found in complex (5) O inside HARD
13 OVERSHOOT
Drive away in public and go too far (9) SHOO inside OVERT
15 LENIENT
Tender that is needed initially in period of little consumption (7) [IE + (N)EEDED] inside LENT
17 SPATULA
St Paul reworked second part of Galatians – it’s uplifting (7) Anagram of ST PAUL + G(A)LATIANS
19 GRANTEE
Social worker, consumed by greed, docked person given money (7) ANT inside (GREE)D
21 SICKENS
One of the family, nursing a broken neck, falls ill (7) SIS outside anagram of NECK
22 TOTEM POLE
Symbol a tribe used to love in a holy place (5,4) TO + (O inside TEMPLE)
24 RADIO
Wireless controller, a diode to some extent (5) controlleR A DIOde
26 FRIEND
Devil taking possession of king’s companion (6) FIEND outside R(ex)
27 FINALIST
Swimming association to tip a possible winner (8) FINA + LIST
28 NUGGET
Shooter recalled contract item that’s valuable (6) GUN reversed + GET
29 CHANDLER
Dealer caught with boxer’s trainer (8) C + HANDLER
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SEE THE LIGHT
Understand rage shown by moderate (3,3,5) SEETHE + LIGHT
2 CHINA
Boxer’s target – a national title (5) CHIN + A
3 AMENDMENT
Change commercial about people – people heading to town (9) AD outside MEN + MEN + (T)OWN
4 LOSE OUT
Group living on the outskirts of Seoul greatly suffer (4,3) LOT outside (SEOU)L
6 AREAS
Fields are grassy in the centre (5) ARE + GR(AS)SY
7 REPRODUCE
Clone expert breaking contract (9) PRO inside REDUCE
8 WAN
White waterbird down south (3) SWAN minus S
11 SEES
Watches first and last parts of a three-part series (4) (SE)RI(ES)
14 TRANSPORTER
Large truck handled diversion going into territory (11) (RAN + SPORT) inside TER
16 NEAR THING
Leader kept from revealing close call (4,5) U(NEARTHING)
18 ASCERTAIN
Fix broken car seat at home (9) Anagram of CAR SEAT + IN
20 EROS
Cross held up God (4) SORE reversed
21 SWEDISH
Edition written in elegant language (7) ED inside SWISH
23 MANSE
Part of clergyman’s estate? (5) clergyMANS Estate
25 DRILL
Instruction tool that gets a bit used (5) Double Definition
26 FIN
Stabiliser of high quality mostly (3) (FIN)E

 

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The Stickler Weekly 250

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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