The Stickler Weekly 225 Clue Hints

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8-across



13-across

15-across

16-across

19-across

22-across

24-across

3-down

4-down

5-down

6-down


14-down

15-down

17-down

20-down

The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
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.

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.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A word or phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
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.

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 answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A word or series of words that signify the loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

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12 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 225 Clue Hints

  1. Richard Sternes says:

    All quiet here. Glad I’m not the only one in baffled mode!!!
    BUT resisting Clue Hints…

  2. Patrick Lewis says:

    Wow! Where did that one come from?

    Seemed impossible at first, now not sure if the brain cells have been enhanced or fried! Lots of tricky, involved, mixed up clues and unexpected meanings. Shame on me, Richard, I really had to check the hints a few times for some reassurance, especially for 3d, 19a and 17d.

    Loved 24a most, then 1a and 19a.

    Wonderful, David. Many thanks.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Whatever way Patrick I take that as all done & before bed-time too!!!
      Well Done – & Agree David is taking us to yet more New Heights.

  3. Arthur Maynard says:

    I am down to clue hints tonight. Even so, 1a and 4d elude me. Perhaps 40 winks will help.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Arthur,
      1a is not upright –
      4d is all there hiding in plain view, rare use of “couple”
      just take it all s-l-o-w-l-y. Easy one for you.
      I’m still struggling in SE Corner & 7d needs deeper thinking.

      • Steve Clarke says:

        Richard,
        A comma would help you with 7d, the answer is not an everyday word.

        • Richard Sternes says:

          Yes I had it Steve, needed a bit more imagination to go with the definition. One of my Picks of the Week.

  4. Steve Clarke says:

    It just gets better, another great crossword with loads of trickery and deception. My faves this week are 16a, 19a, 4d, 9d (a great anagram), and 14d. Thank you David, well done. 👍🏻

  5. Richard Sternes says:

    Endorse everyones Top Picks.
    Would add 13a, 22a & especially 18d – all too tricky for words.
    Wasted much time on 18d thinking Shopping Centres (last in & needed help)

  6. Arthur Maynard says:

    What a beaut puzzle. I was baffled with 1a ad 4d, which are both beautifully crafted to trap the unwary. Once the penny drops you wonder how you missed it.

    Taking the clue one word at a time in 4d was the key for me. With that in place 1a was a breeze.
    Funny though, I tried all my answers in the online grid and did not get the guernsey. I checked all the spellings and the parsing to no avail. Then I cleared it, and started again checking each word as it went in, and the crosses to see they were not affected. I got he gold then.

    I agree with the choices of special clues. To add a few
    12a Simple, but I had never heard of this game.
    7d Great misdirection so it took a bit of finding. I knew the word frm years ago, but had to use google to confirm.
    25d hid in a clever disguise.

    Enough!

    Thank you once again David, and the crew who contribute to the blog.

  7. Greg Mansell says:

    The SE corner was a real struggle for me, but I got there unaided in the end.
    13a: A new definition for me.
    23a: Not sure that I’ve seen the last 5 letters in this non-negative form before.
    14d: Last in. I had the definition at the wrong end of the clue for ages. It was all so simple in the end.
    Thanks for another ripper, David.

  8. Andrew Gibson says:

    One of the toughest ones ever, but I finally got there in the end. Thanks for the challenge.