The Stickler Weekly 220 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HOLD WATER
Veteran in the war ordered to stand up (4,5) OLD inside anagram of THE WAR
6 GLASS
Gravity used by young lady tumbler, say (5) G + LASS
9 UNMET
Troubled men in trade union, returned not satisfied (5) Anagram of MEN inside (TU reversed)
10 ALIENATOR
A story, right, about NATO force that’s hostile? (9) (A + LIE + R) outside NATO
11 CAST-OFFS
Large amount of cash offered by gentlemen for unwanted clothes (4-4) (CAS)H + TOFFS
12 CRIMEA
Lawlessness acknowledged by a part of the Ukraine (6) CRIME + A
14 SMUT
Pornography turned children’s stomachs (4) TUMS reversed
15 CHARLOTTE
Slightly burn and share tea before a dessert (9) CHAR + LOT + (TE)A
17 ON THE BALL
Is deserting this during one social event smart? (2,3,4) (THIS minus IS) inside ONE + BALL
19 SHED
The girl had space for storage (4) Double Definition
22 SCALER
Mountain man’s fishing equipment (6) Double Definition
23 HOME PAGE
Record included in tribute item put up on the Net (4,4) EP inside HOMAGE
25 PHENOMENA
People in possession of a phone organised remarkable events (9) MEN inside anagram of A PHONE
26 BATHE
Swim about, leaving to get some air (5) BREATHE minus RE
27 DANDY
Dodgy landlady fleeced of all capital (5) Anagram of LANDLADY minus ALL
28 BELLYACHE
Docked yacht owned by good-looker – a bitch (9) (YACH)T inside BELLE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 HAUNCH
Feeling spread around a hip (6) HUNCH outside A
2 LUMP SUM
Fixed up slum with millions – that’s a lot of money (4,3) Anagram of UP SLUM + M
3 WITHOUT CEREMONY
Card game’s back – held in converted country home informally (7,8) WIT + [GAM(E) inside anagram of COUNTRY HOME]
4 TRAFFIC JAM
Rising uncertainty inside craft oddly spread congestion (7,3) IF reversed inside anagram of CRAFT + JAM
5 RAIL
False witness stood up to abuse (4) LIAR reversed
6 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Mounting confusion within, really began changing part of the UN (7,8) MESS reversed inside anagram of REALLY BEGAN
7 ATTEMPT
A worker who doesn’t always get to work in time, doubled effort (7) A + [TEMP inside (T + T)}
8 SURFACED
Breakers died after top one came out (8) SURF + (D after ACE)
13 WALL-TO-WALL
Widespread flounder seen around mouth of tributary by everyone (4-2-4) WALLOW outside (T)RIBUTARY + ALL
16 GOSSIPED
Retired villain, drilled by foreign spies, talked (8) DOG reversed outside anagram of SPIES
18 TRADE ON
Take advantage of race not going forward ahead of time (5,2) DART reversed + EON
20 ELASTIC
Moulded cleat is rubbery (7) Anagram of CLEAT IS
21 DELETE
Take out rent documented in abridged contract (6) LET inside (DEE)D
24 HERB
Sprigs of rather big plant with useful properties (4) ratHER Big

 

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