The Stickler Weekly 223 Clue Hints

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1-across


10-across

11-across




26-across

27-across

1-down


3-down


5-down

6-down


16-down



20-down


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.

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 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.
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 answer is a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
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 pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

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.

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 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.

A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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.
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19 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 223 Clue Hints

  1. Lloyd Seaton says:

    Flummoxed by 7d, 8d, 12a & 15a

  2. Wendy Simpson says:

    20d, no idea even with hint

  3. Patrick Lewis says:

    A worthy struggle yet again, thanks David.
    Hi Lloyd, for 7d I’d say definition at the beginning, think local. 8d – took ages to get this for some reason, again, definition first, maybe ‘the’ is unnecessary dare I say? 12a – only the most distant bell ringing for me, not being a fan of vroom vroom, Italian maybe? 15a – sweet as usually said to be attractive, mmm, he/she’s rather ……!
    Hi Wendy, 20d – used to be the name of a ‘Navy Cut’ cigarette or tobacco brand if I remember correctly. Think of sunblock maybe?
    Hope this helps. Afraid to go too far at this stage.

  4. Richard Sternes says:

    All my gaps except for 16d do not appear in Clue Hints – 19a, 28a – 22d, 25d.
    Presume they are all so simple as to not require Hints.
    Quite obviously, missing quite a lot here!!!

    • Richard Sternes says:

      & as is often the case
      9a – have the definition & answer but can not relate the cluing.

  5. Patrick Lewis says:

    Hi Richard, 9a is hiding! Still want help with the others? Don’t want to monopolize the blog, though a bit quiet so far this week.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Thanks Patrick. Down to 28a, 16d & 25d (always a four-letter hurdle)
      Maybe 28a is a “Soup” but can’t figure the Ingredients.
      May assist with the missing Two.
      Got the “hide” at 9a – but unsure why.

      • Patrick Lewis says:

        28a- it helps to remember a bit of French to get a window on this.
        16a – do you remember an old movie comedy called ‘Chitty, Chitty …. ….? It was quite saucy I believe!
        25d – just a touch needed here.
        9a – what the Lady of the Lake does, appearing to Arthur out of the water – maybe to make him a knight!!! How’s that for cryptic!

        • Richard Sternes says:

          Thanks again Patrick.
          As suspected, it was all about getting the correct ingredients for the”Soup” at 28a.
          Still unclear on indicator at 9a. Maybe unfamiliar according to Arthur.

  6. Steve Clarke says:

    A bit difficult this week David, with new words for me at 21a and 28a. My favourites this week are, 1a, 3d, 14d, 16d and 20d. Thank you very much 💡

  7. Arthur Maynard says:

    I’ll join Steve and say I have never heard of 21a or 28a. Nonetheless my good friend Google found me the definition. With 21a I had lots of crosses and only 3 letters left, so I tried them in turn. When I had what sounded like a word, I went to google.
    I’ll give a guernsey to these two.
    12a was obscure for me, but the family name sprung out. I was thinking of horse racing initially -Bart Cummings and the ever present Gai.
    I like the indicator in 9a. It confused me for a while.
    3d is also a favourite.
    Even with a holiday for Anzac Day (what does that mean to retired people) it was hard to spend time with the puzzle yesterday.

  8. Greg Mansell says:

    21a: I loved this clue. I was lucky enough to know the word (unlike some). I always enjoy a grog reference.
    A few words and phrases tickled me:
    * “transporter” in 10a
    * “Configuration of Windows” in 28a
    * “peeled orange” in 5d
    * “English banger” in 16d
    * “shade in summer” in 20d