The Stickler Weekly 16 Solution

The 100 year anniversary of the first published crossword (try some puzzles from history here) led a number of bloggers around the world to speculate about the future of the crossword in the digital age. Would it last another 100 years? I think most forms of crosswords translate seamlessly to digital media and they will continue to thrive, but I don’t believe the same can be said about cryptic crosswords. I don’t like interactive cryptic crosswords, and I’m a child of the computer age, in fact, I’ve had a computer screen in my face since I was 18. Cryptic crosswords take time to solve, and a large part of the enjoyment I get from solving comes from the piecemeal way I solve them. Not only don’t I want to spend my free time in front of a computer, but I want somewhere to scribble down an anagram or speculate on possible word endings. It’s not the same with an electronic scratchpad – the romance isn’t there. I want to be away from the temptation of Google and blogs and word pattern-match software. I know there are many out there like me. How? Every week I give solvers the option of choosing a PDF to print or an interactive puzzle to solve. The stats since The Stickler Weekly started show 80% prefer to print and solve. Is this a generational thing? Let’s hope so or cryptic crosswords won’t survive when printed newspapers are no more.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PEGASUS
Pin down, for instance, American group of stars (7) PEG + AS + US
5 DEPICTS
Outlines disease originally produced by faulty septic (7) (D)isease + anagram of SEPTIC
9 CIVET
Catlike animal caught by one person trained to look after animals (5) C + I + VET
10 REGULARLY
On a river passing through gully often (9) RE + [ (A + R) inside GULLY]
11 MORIBUND
Decaying bone found in a heap of earth (8) RIB inside MOUND
12 DEMOTE
Put down recording sample with a piano part missing (6) DEMO TAPE minus (A + P)
14 RAMS
Computer component connected by lead to secondary drives (4) RAM + (S)econdary
15 SAUCEPAN
Kitchen utensil shaped canapes containing stuff in the middle (8) Anagram of CANAPES outside st(U)ff
18 INFERIOR
Gather outside Brazilian resort strictly for the birds (8) INFER outside RIO
19 HEAR
Judge, at this point, needs to be listened to (4) Sounds like HERE
22 ETHNIC
Cultural etching not finished, not exactly (6) Anagram of ETCHIN(g)
23 SCROLLED
Coders moved around lines and shifted text on screen (8) Anagram of CODERS outside LL
25 EMULATION
Bird, one held by talon, reproduced mimicry (9) EMU + (I inside anagram of TALON)
26 ALERT
Stock warehoused by wholesaler triggered alarm (5) wholesALER Triggered
27 SCENERY
View credentials leaving residency abroad (7) Anagram of RESIDENCY minus ID
28 SWEATER
Jersey sewn in an odd way wanted by consumer (7) (S)e(W)n + EATER
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 POCKMARK
Policeman climbing 1000m with chest injury (8) COP reversed + KM + ARK
2 GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Those gunmen not normally hanging around unused official residence (10,5) Anagram of THOSE GUNMEN outside OVER
3 SETS BY
Puts aside sum extracted from subsystem erroneously (4,2) Anagram of SUBSYSTEM minus SUM
4 STRONG SUIT
State’s opener got runs in unusual fashion – it is a special talent (6,4) (S)tate + anagram of GOT RUNS + IT
5 DOGS
Activities without popular pets (4) DOINGS minus IN
6 PALTERED
Was evasive head of party changed? (8) (P)arty + ALTERED
7 CORPORATE CLIENT
Big customer arranged poor recital in Australian capital (9,6) Anagram of POOR RECITAL inside CENT
8 STYLED
Designed enclosure for farm animals was at the front (6) STY + LED
13 LUBRICANTS
Star in club reworked stuff like “Grease” (10) Anagram of STAR IN CLUB
16 MEDITATE
Consider friend accepting work on a newspaper (8) MATE outside EDIT
17 CREDITOR
Lender’s car abandoned by a person responsible for leader, perhaps (8) (CAR minus A) + EDITOR
20 LEVEES
Banks reduced charge and forecast in recession (6) LEV(y) + (SEE reversed)
21 DOSAGE
Amount of medicine given to satisfy wise one (6) DO + SAGE
24 WIRY
One involved in mocking is strong (4) I inside WRY

 

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3 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 16 Solution

  1. Greg Mansell says:

    Another enjoyable one. My favourite clues were 18a and 13d, particularly the definitions.

  2. Bhavan says:

    Interesting. Never thought of it as either or situation with interactive/pdf. When I’m home I prefer pdf, but when on the move, especially at airports, it is easier to do interactive on a handheld device than hunt for a printer.

  3. Robert Balic says:

    18a was the pick of the clues. How about ‘Shows genocide in Scotland’ for 5a?