The Stickler Weekly 222 Clue Hints

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1-across


12-across


15-across


17-across

23-across

26-across



2-down

3-down


7-down

8-down



19-down


25-down

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 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.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

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.
The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
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 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 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.
A word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over etc.

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11 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 222 Clue Hints

  1. Steve Clarke says:

    Can’t believe I’m first to post a finish this week, definitely not as difficult as last week. Favourite clues are 1a, 12a, 16a, 3d (a great anagram), 9d and 14d.
    Thank you David ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  2. Christine Hulley says:

    Stuck on 5d and 16a. Got no idea.

    • Steve Clarke says:

      Hello Christine,
      5d’s clue is a word for individual with a hospital (h) inside. It’s a thing doctors in the olden days used to hang outside their office.
      16a’s clue is a word meaning people around “at”. The definition is an event involving strikes.
      Hope this helps ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      • Christine Hulley says:

        Thanks Steve, finished at last and got the congrats. Had a wrong letter in there which didn’t help. Never heard of 5d in this context before.

  3. Richard Sternes says:

    Almost done, but not even going to attempt Picks of the Week.
    Read ***ALL OF THE ABOVE***.
    Lifting to a whole new level David. Well Done.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      25d – There’s always One. Sure of 29a, pretty sure of 27a.
      Noted the new anagram indicator at 23a.
      Loved the Alphabet Soups OF COURSE. So what’s new!!!

      • Richard Sternes says:

        25d – Took all thesauruses available, yet so simple in the end.
        (Or is that thesauri Arthur???)
        So often it’s a four letter word at the last hurdle.

  4. Patrick Lewis says:

    Finally got there, with help, hints plus a lot of lateral, and simple, thinking.
    2d – Iโ€™ve come to know this meaning only through Stickler puzzles. Otherwise I have never encountered the word being used in this way. Some references say it is an archaic usage, in others no mention, whereas Merriam-Webster puts it as its first definition, so I wonder if it is an American thing.
    Liked 1a, 14d and 26a best of all.
    25d I needed the hint for, and then, Richard, it isnโ€™t a person.

  5. Arthur Maynard says:

    Trailing the pack. I cannot believe how hard I found 16d. a 3 letter word. I am comfortable with the second definition, but would quibble about the first. I checked a number thesauruses (is that correct) for synonyms of the answer and only one came up with a reference to dark. Then I checked the plant in the gardening section where I found dark green leaves – but not really dark. Most of my experience of the word has to do with horses, and the references and the live ones indicate that it is light rather than dark, although black in specific places is a significant contributor to the description.
    I struggled to justify the middle of 4d until I reread the clue for the umpteenth time. How easy it is to take the wrong view.
    1a I needed the clue hint to get there. I thought that was the definition.
    13a and 16a are really neat clues.
    23a Like Richard I like the new anagram indicator.
    8d and 9d are very nicely put.
    The pick for me is 19d. Well crafted. some distractions. but a diamond when solved.

  6. Greg Mansell says:

    Fairly tough overall.
    4d: Tricky to parse. I eventually worked out how to interpret “making case to”.
    7d: I liked “First of all”.
    21d: Ditto “permanent way”.