The Stickler Weekly 132 Solution

While Australia has been solving cryptics for just about as long as anywhere else in the world, we have never really embraced them to the extent that we would say they are part of our culture. Say “have you done the crossword today?” to an English person and they will automatically take that as a reference to a cryptic crossword. It’s not so here. Our crossword history reveals a story of imports and very few crossword heroes. Lack of newspaper publications means not many opportunities for local setters although Fairfax has been faithful in their support of Australian cryptic crosswords. We setters are few, and the same goes for our counterparts in New Zealand. Their crossword history mirrors ours, with just a handful of NZ setters flying the flag at home. A few years ago I met two NZ setters in Wellington, David and Rex, and they kindly showed my wife and I around the city for a day. Rex writes the weekly Kropotkin crossword in the New Zealand Herald (help can be found here), and David writes a weekly cryptic for the NZ Listener (worked answers can be found here). It was David’s treatment of the solution, that includes a specific layout and cryptic comment, that inspired the equivalent on my website. Apart from those two, Jim Greenfield sets cryptics that appear in NZ papers, Barbara Brown sets a weekly cryptic for the Christchurch daily The Press (blog here), and Maya sets for various websites (see his puzzles here).
I can’t talk about NZ setters without mentioning yet another one who lives in Wellington, Paul Henderson, but he’s special because he’s not a Kiwi, but an Englishman living and working in NZ. He sets crosswords for The Independent (London) under the pseudonyms Phi and Beelzebub, for the Daily Telegraph (London) under the pseudonym Kcit, and anonymously for The Times (London) amongst many other outlets. More details can be found here. As far as I know, he doesn’t write crosswords for any NZ publications.
It’s tough going for Oz and NZ setters, and it’s only going to get harder as outlets shrink and the internet reduces the number of crosswords needed to service the solvers, but we plug away, not for the money, but to try and bring a home-grown flavour to a market flooded with foreign influences.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CHILDISHLY
Good-looking person taken in by cool way a kid might react (10) DISH inside CHILLY
6 CHEF
Main supplier’s heartless boss? (4) CH(i)EF
10 ALLOWED
The whole amount outstanding is approved (7) ALL + OWED
11 WOOLLEN
Lone wolf mostly corrected material (7) Anagram of (LONE WOL)F
12 HINDI
Parts of speech in dialectic language (5) speecH IN DIalectic
13 MERCILESS
Hard relic fractured in hot water (9) Anagram of RELIC inside MESS
14 SHEETING
Metal covering that woman, say, inlaid with tin (8) (SHE + EG) outside TIN
15 TRUDGE
Unloved dog adopted by faithful tramp? (6) (DOG minus O) inside TRUE
18 FASTER
A person who refuses to eat more quickly (6) Double Definition
19 FINDINGS
They are determined by surfboard damage, possibly (8) Double Definition
22 ANCHORAGE
An enclosure containing last lot of scotch or port (9) (AN + CAGE) outside [SCOTC(H) + OR]
24 RATIO
Operation not limited by unrestricted correspondence (5) OPERATION minus OPEN
25 HERETIC
Dissident’s present medical problem (7) HERE + TIC
26 AVAILED
A leader of veterans, troubled, provided help (7) A + (V)ETERANS + AILED
27 DIED
Turned a different colour in audience and passed away (4) Sounds like DYED
28 PARENTHOOD
Childcare people, at the beginning, are not linked with thug (10) (P)EOPLE + ARENT + HOOD
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 COACHES
Company hurts instructors (7) CO + ACHES
2 ISLANDERS
One makes defamatory comments about Fijians, say (9) I + SLANDERS
3 DOWN IN THE MOUTH
Blue feathers thin out strangely around fringe (4,2,3,5) DOWN + (anagram of THIN OUT outside HEM)
4 SEDIMENT
Deposit posted outside US capital (8) SENT outside DIME
5 LOWERS
Drops bloomers with no frills at the front (6) FLOWERS minus (F)RILLS
7 HALVE
Littlies initially kept inside have to share equally (5) (L)ITTLIES inside HAVE
8 FINESSE
Penalises group not finishing play in bridge (7) FINES + (SE)T
9 ROBIN REDBREAST
Hold up injured seabird – tern – a small flyer (5,9) ROB + anagram of SEABIRD TERN
16 DONATELLO
Italian sculptor is on a report tabled in function (9) (ON + A + TELL) inside DO
17 LITERATE
Elite class, after passing English the first time, must be well-read (8) E(LITE) + RATE
18 FLASHED
Fellow beaten with a whip revealed private things (7) F + LASHED
20 SCOLDED
Slices of this cold edam should be served with rocket (7) thiS COLD EDam
21 FASCIA
Mobile cover is fine with carrier primarily in Asia (6) F + [(C)ARRIER inside ASIA]
23 CURSE
Swear at user out of control behind clubs (5) Anagram of USER after C

 

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One Response to The Stickler Weekly 132 Solution

  1. Richard Sternes says:

    Hi David!
    Highlight of the week time again.