The Stickler Weekly 2 Solution

A solver emailed me saying they really liked 24-across in this puzzle. If you’ve solved many Sticklers, you’ll be aware that I love anagrams involving subtraction. Wordplay for such clues always require appropriate anagram and subtraction indicators, offering a setter multiple ways to come up with good surface readings. They can cause division though – should the letters to be removed be contiguous in the anagram fodder? Some say yes, but I view anagrams as letter mixtures, and can’t see logically why letters need to be removed as a unit. After all, composite anagrams, where abbreviations of a word or words must be combined with other anagram fodder to work, treat the process as letter-based, so I can’t see a lot of difference. I also would like to claim that the increase in subtractive anagrams in cryptics worldwide is largely down to me, as one of the best crossword programs out there, Crossword Compiler, contains an anagram function that makes spotting and creating them fairly easy, and I suggested its inclusion.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 AMBASSADOR
A male singer runs following trouble with foreign agent (10) A + M + BASS + (R after ADO)
7 DRUB
Beat knight pierced by spear in the back (4) DUB outside R
10 ACROBATS
Top performers steal from one taking part in performances (8) (ROB + A) inside ACTS
11 SECURE
Find out about dog in the bag (6) SEE outside CUR
12 ADJOIN
A nightclub employee on about one neighbour (6) A + DJ + (ON outside I)
13 ILL-FATED
Unlucky fall – it altered focus of procedures? (3-5) Anagram of FALLIT + ED
14 ANTI
Against a religious work written by Isaiah primarily (4) A + NT + I
15 DIGRESSION
Archaeological site, viewed by seniors, organised departure (10) DIG + anagram of SENIORS
18 MASTERMIND
Health professional holding, for instance, title in authority (10) MD outside (AS + TERM + IN)
21 SUIT
Administrative official reduced size of hotel accommodation (4) SUITE shortened
22 RETRENCH
Reduce one’s workforce on excavation (8) RE + TRENCH
24 STATIC
Steady activist not supporting one opposed to changing (6) Anagram of ACTIVIST minus (I + V)
25 LEAVEN
Don’t change nitrogen in raising agent (6) LEAVE + N
26 BRAINPAN
Fall in blood pressure connected to one part of the head (8) RAIN inside BP + AN
27 DESK
Associates of guides knocked bureau (4) guiDES Knocked
28 OVERRIDDEN.
Drunk driver, one punched by detective and set aside (10) Anagram of DRIVER ONE outside D.
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 MACEDONIA
Country club fellow and I hooked up with head of Apple (9) MACE + DON + I + A
3 APOLOGIST
A ball game is clinched by great defender (9) A + POLO + (IS inside GT)
4 SCANNED
Peas finally sealed in a tin should be examined closely (7) S + CANNED
5 DISTINGUISHABLE
Clear building site has changed (15) Anagram of BUILDING SITE HAS
6 RESOLVE
Lovers lacking cohesion and energy break up (7) Anagram of LOVERS + E
8 ROUST
Stir up leader of sect in hiding (5) S inside ROUT
9 BLEND IN
Wine store securing loan to match others (5,2) BIN outside LEND
16 SUSTAINED
American wearing black is held up (9) STAINED outside US
17 ORIGINATE
Speak about one game pioneer (9) ORATE outside (I + GIN)
18 MARBLED
Streaky sheep stood up and haemorrhaged (7) RAM reversed + BLED
19 RAN INTO
Came across river bordering developed nation (3,4) R + anagram of NATION
20 DESPAIR
Padre is not right to give up hope (7) Anagram of PADRE IS
23 TEATS.
Closing of supermarket finishes off food and milk suppliers (5) T + EATS.

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One Response to The Stickler Weekly 2 Solution

  1. Richard Sternes says:

    BIG TICK, David – almost got there on one and two, here comes three.
    This is all working so very well. Great work and best wishes.
    regards Richard