The Stickler Weekly 224 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BLUDGER
Lazy worker left during shift, right? (7) L inside BUDGE + R
5 FISH OIL
Nutritional supplement is hard wrapped in thin metal sheet (4,3) (IS + H) inside FOIL
9 UNINTENTIONALLY
Union associate sheltering in temporary accommodation by mistake (15) (UNION + ALLY) outside (IN + TENT)
10 GASHED
Back of building connected to a shed is cut open (6) BUILDIN(G) + A + SHED
11 UNTETHER
Release aunt, not taking a number? (8) AUNT minus A + ETHER
13 ON THE WHOLE
Generally not excited by sculpture with defect (2,3,5) Anagram of NOT + HEW + HOLE
15 ONUS
Leader not committed to extra responsibility (4) B(ONUS)
18 SCAM
There’s no end to rascal’s illegal activity (4) (SCAM)P
19 STRESS TEST
Trial of pressure lock set strangely in stone (6,4) (TRESS + anagram of SET) inside ST
21 DECREASE
Contract as specified in law (8) AS inside DECREE
22 BATTER
Assault someone hoping, ultimately, to get home (6) Double Definition
25 CHESS TOURNAMENT
Contest on board reviewed surname not used in case? (5,10) Anagram of SURNAME NOT inside CHEST
26 RESTART
Break gallery display and begin again (7) REST + ART
27 GUESSED
Visitor, according to auditor, speculated (7) Sounds like GUEST
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BOURGEOIS
Traditional jeer is supporting a strong desire (9) (BOO + IS) outside URGE
2 UNITS
Metal stored up in American military subdivisions (5) TIN reversed inside US
3 GATHERED
Collected silver, up there with diamonds (8) AG reversed + THERE + D
4 RENT
Slash cost of living? (4) Double Definition
5 FRIENDLIES
Fan tells stories about end of bitter practice matches (10) (FIEND + LIES) outside BITTE(R)
6 SINKER
Weight problem that’s difficult when short on time (6) STINKER minus T
7 OIL CHANGE
Maintenance done on vehicle to fasten bearing under damaged coil (3,6) (HANG + E) affer anagram of COIL
8 LAYER
Counsel giving up, was lacking, for instance, cover (5) LAWYER minus (WAS minus AS)
12 PHOTO SHOOT
Snappy event is too unsettled after exclusive about smoking (5,5) Anagram of TOO after (POSH outside HOT)
14 THATCHERS
Cover for opening listed in brief largely for roof workers (9) HATCH inside (TERS)E
16 SATURATED
Dripping and suet a rat moved close to shed (9) Anagram of SUET A RAT + SHE(D)
17 ESCALATE
Raise case rescheduled at an advanced stage (8) Anagram of CASE + LATE
20 CESSNA
Small plane ascends strangely with wind finally dropping off (6) Anagram of ASCENDS minus WIN(D)
21 DECOR
Drive around green scenery (5) DR outside ECO
23 TEEMS
Male wearing golf gear falls heavily (5) M iinside TEES
24 GROG
Success not contributing to growing spirits, for example (4) GROWING minus WIN

 

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