The Stickler Weekly 167 Clue Hints

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9-across

10-across

11-across


15-across


22-across



27-across


3-down

4-down

5-down



8-down

13-down


17-down

18-down

20-down



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 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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.

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 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 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.
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 answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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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8 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 167 Clue Hints

  1. Arthur Maynard says:

    Those who read the blog will find some practice this week. Good one David.
    Still a long way from finished, but I am having trouble parsing 5d. Perhaps I have an incorrect letter, because the crosses fit. As the King of Siam sang “Tis a puzzlement”

  2. Greg C says:

    Finished, but don’t get the first def of 24a.

  3. Greg C says:

    Ah, maybe an RA would be familiar with it.

  4. richard sternes says:

    Maybe ‘old partners’ might assist with 5d Arthur, if you are not there already.
    Yes much enjoyment & intellectual stimulation, yet again. Thanks David.
    Had 18a & penny just dropped as to why.

  5. richard sternes says:

    It’s there Greg. Another obscure second meaning. David is very good at those!!!

  6. Arthur Maynard says:

    Finally finished but doubtful of 15a
    It fits my choice of definition perfectly. However! The clue hint confirms the start and end, and letters 5,6, 7 fit the clue. But my dictionary defines the rest as “an extremely hot girl who gets all the boys”. I doubt that such a girl is on the age pension. A second one gives me “an elegant man” but that does not fit either. So I am sure David does not mean either.
    I am confident of the following because of the crosses. ?E?I?E?E?T. Perhaps a little tip to help with the parsing?
    24a I have the second definition as a verb. The same word is necessary if you want the subsequent coats to stick. You have to get the basics right. So that is my thinking, although that is not the term I use when I am painting.
    Richard I spent some time looking in a mirror before I decided that does not work with 15a. I finally came to the same conclusion as you “old partners”. Thanks for the confirmation. I was not happy with the definition, but Google found confirmation for me.
    My favourites this time 18a (and lit), 22a (looks hard but solves easily) 16d, 24a which made me think outside the square, and 14a as I have never had one in my hand.

  7. Arthur Maynard says:

    In my morning walk I reviewed 15a. The same letters. Rethink my interpretation of the clue and it can be parsed perfectly. Now I can only say “how come I did not see that earlier?”
    I give you top marks for that David.

  8. Norman Remedios says:

    Thanks David.
    Struggled with one or two but got there eventually!!

    Norman