The Stickler Weekly 232 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 POSTMARKED
Hard drive put back inside reconfigured desktop should be stamped (10) RAM reversed inside anagram of DESKTOP
6 APED
Section of videotape digitally copied (4) videotAPE Digitally
10 SHOOT
Snap a new branch (5) Double Definition
11 TEA FOR TWO
A shared drink of water brewed in centre of Victoria (3,3,3) Anagram of OF WATER inside vic(TO)ria
12 ELEVEN
Missing one cricket team? (6) Twelve minus one; Double Definition
13 SLIGHTED
Put down saw broken by end of nail (8) NAI(L) inside SIGHTED
14 PRIMAL
Greatest friend biting lip (6) PAL outside RIM
16 GRUESOME
Awful rogues tortured men before the end (8) Anagram of ROGUES + (ME)N
17 SACRISTY
Christ sacrificing much ultimately in, say, part of church (8) [CHRIST minus MUC(H)] inside SAY
19 STARCH
Celebrity chef reduced by half important foodstuff (6) STAR + (CH)EF
21 EXPLICIT
X-rated clip not usually stocked in outlet (8) Anagram of CLIP inside EXIT
22 OXYGEN
It’s drawn in an ‘O’ formation? (6) Double Definition
25 SPINNAKER
Sail to hold fast in wind, right? (9) PIN inside SNAKE + R
26 EMITS
American news magazine backed first of several issues (5) TIME reversed + (S)EVERAL
27 PINT
It may be needed to identify one temperature measurement (4) PIN + T
28 PROMETHEAN
Specialist not nice about the original (10) PRO + MEAN outside THE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PASTE-UP
Small seal covering a modified set draft of a printed page (5-2) PUP outside (A + anagram of SET)
2 SPOKE
Talked in bar giving support to framework (5) Double Definition
3 MATHEMATICIANS
Academic dealing with a concept is restricting an arithmetic group (14) MA + THEMATIC + (IS outside AN)
4 RATE
Value teller placed on Euro (4) RAT + E
5 E-TAILER
Relative, one fed up with an internet seller (1-6) (REL + I + ATE) reversed
7 PETIT FOUR
Outfit dashed in for a sweet treat (5,4) Anagram of OUTFIT inside PER
8 DO-OR-DIE
Desperate detective that is stationed behind access point (2-2-3) (D + IE) after DOOR
9 TO A GREAT EXTENT
Message received during regatta – one scrambled considerably (2,1,5,6) TEXT inside anagram of REGATTA ONE
15 INCEPTION
Foolish one on about carbon’s rise (9) (INEPT + I + ON) outside C
16 GUY
Take off stabiliser (3) Double Definition
17 STEPS UP
Upset dog, say, with cat around, comes forward (5,2) (PET inside PUSS) reversed
18 THINKER
Philosopher’s writing material found in the capital of Russia (7) INK inside THE + (R)USSIA
20 HANGS ON
American sweetheart filled with apprehension briefly waits (5,2) HON outside (ANGS)T
23 GUIDE
Director is fatigued terribly losing excess weight (5) Anagram of FATIGUED minus FAT
24 CRAM
Overfeed cold sheep (4) C + RAM

 

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5 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 232 Solution

  1. Richard Sternes says:

    That Great 5d Mystery solved.
    Have never heard of an “e-tailer”

  2. Steve Ball says:

    ‘E-tailer’ is in the Concise (smaller) Macquarie as well as Chambers, Oxford, Collins and Websters

    What I was missing 22-across is that, in the wild, oxygen exists as molecules, O2 (the ‘2’ should be subscript) and that this is an ‘O’ formation.

  3. Greg Mansell says:

    #232 was slow going for me. I only finished it tonight. The SW corner was particularly troublesome.
    12a was my clue of the week. I got the answer quickly, but puzzled over the wordplay for many a night. Working it out was well and truly a eureka moment. I don’t think I’ve seen this device before.
    22a and 3d had nice definitions. I also liked “access point” in 8d.