The Stickler Weekly 186 Solution

Many years ago during a regular crossword-related search of the internet, I came across an article written by a fellow from Bowral, NSW, called Dick Honor. The article interested me, and since he was a cryptic man who taught people in his area how to solve cryptics, I wanted to make contact and perhaps introduce him (and his students) to my website. Many discussions ensued, during which he told me about a project he’d been working on involving the documenting of cryptic terms and words used in cryptics and crosswords in general. Every day he would scan the SMH crossword and note any term or word he didn’t know, or maybe a synonym for a word that he hadn’t seen before. Soon words from all parts of his life were added, with Dick being on constant lookout for new words and phrases. His Glossary built up over many years and, with encouragement from his family and students, he decided to investigate making it available for solvers to use. This was no easy task, as the collection of words and their meanings was assembled in a Word document, and turning this into a look-up reference took a some effort. The good news is that Dick’s Glossary is now available for all to use.
Dick’s local paper printed an article about his efforts.
Dick describes his book as a Glossary because “it’s a mixture of thesaurus, dictionary and fact book.” Almost 700 pages of blood, sweat and tears. You can get a printed version or Kindle version from Amazon.

It’s great to see a true Australasian crossword reference!

 

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPATCHCOCK
Prepared chicken area caught in big blow (10) (PATCH + C) inside SOCK
6 SMUG
Complacent dentist may examine these using a mirror (4) GUMS reversed
9 OLDER
Senior’s computer directory not opening (5) F(OLDER)
10 ABANDONED
Unrestrained and forward getting into a bed (9) (AND + ON) inside A BED
12 SCRATCHING
Front of the chin, supported by the neck, is standing out (10) [(T)HE + CHIN] inside SCRAG
13 OVA
Ingredients of pavlovas? (3) pavlOVAs
15 CASING
Moulded object losing temperature outside (6) CASTING minus T
16 SENTENCE
Life for one sent off, away from crime (8) SENT + (OFFENCE minus OFF)
18 IN HEAVEN
Cast accommodated by hotel is overjoyed (2,6) HEAVE inside INN
20 PLIANT
Adaptable derivative of iodine stored in factory (6) I inside PLANT
23 TEA
Beverage and milk supplier finished early (3) (TEA)T
24 SATURNALIA
Australian organised a period of unrestrained revelry (10) Anagram of AUSTRALIAN
26 RETURNING
Tuner, rewired into circuit, is feeding back (9) Anagram of TUNER inside RING
27 ELEMI
Extract from abele mixed with fragrant resin (5) abELE MIxed
28 SENT
Nitrogen in container of gel may be transported (4) N inside SET
29 BENEFACTOR
Patron’s been irritated by loud person on stage (10) Anagram of BEEN + F + ACTOR
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SHOW
All pulled out of meaningless display (4) SHALLOW minus ALL
2 ADDICTS
Enthusiasts did broadcast during performances (7) Anagram of DID inside ACTS
3 CURTAIN RAISER
Dog trainer is excited about a preliminary event (7,6) CUR + (anagram of TRAINER IS outside A)
4 CHANCE
Part of a church without large opening (6) CHANCEL minus L
5 CLARINET
Instrument certainly not completely broken (8) Anagram of (CERTAINL)Y
7 MONSOON
Wind on bearing inside satellite (7) (ON + S) inside MOON
8 GODPARENTS
Sponsors do set up standard in public facility (10) (DO reversed + PAR) inside GENTS
11 DIGITAL CAMERA
Archaeological site came into a trial prepared with photographic equipment (7,6) DIG + (CAME inside anagram of A TRIAL)
14 SCRIPTURES
Confused priest’s curate, going without, consumed religious writings (10) Anagram of PRIESTS CURATE minus ATE
17 BESTRIDE
Favourite amusement park activity to get on (8) BEST + RIDE
19 HEARTEN
Encourage judge to catch up (7) HEAR + (NET reversed)
21 ALIMENT
Food – fruit – consumed by six-footer (7) LIME inside ANT
22 BROGUE
Shoe’s tongue (6) Double Definition
25 PIER
Early type of spacecraft losing track of one landing site (4) PIONEER minus ONE

 

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One Response to The Stickler Weekly 186 Solution

  1. Arthur Maynard says:

    I’m still entranced with 16a because it misled me in so many ways. David would call it overthinking. I will challenge my crossword groups today.