The Stickler Weekly 244 Clue Hints

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1-across


9-across

11-across

12-across

13-across

15-across

17-across



26-across

27-across

2-down


4-down

6-down


10-down

14-down

16-down

18-down

19-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.

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 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.

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 clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
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.
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.

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.
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17 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 244 Clue Hints

  1. 27a is baffling me. I understand the clue to refer to the answer for 16 but can’t figure out what is being asked for .

  2. Never mind. I had 18d wrong and, when I realized my mistake, 27a was obvious.

  3. Arthur Maynard says:

    Thanks to daylight saving and my nocturnal habits, I had a headstart on this. Still needed 3 clue hints to get with David’s thinking. Obvious with that assistance
    Another good workout.
    Particularly liked
    15a and 17a well played
    22a I had the word, but had to consult several sources to confirm my understanding of the construction.
    25a I initially thought this was a container.
    4d great wordplay particularly for a 4 letter word. Challenge for Richard.
    18d not the first thing which comes to mind

    • Greg Mansell says:

      18d: The answer wasn’t the first thing which came to my mind, either. But I couldn’t equate “h” to “pressure”.
      Interesting that there are a couple of words which fit the cross letters and the definition.

  4. Joy Whalley says:

    It’s actually a shame to finish. Another week before we can do it again!
    I especially enjoyed 3d , 26a and 28a.
    Very clever! Thanks again David.

  5. Cathy says:

    Thanks so much David for another great Wednesday challenge. Component of 5a was a new interesting word for me as was that meaning of 22a.

  6. Steve Clarke says:

    I too had 18d wrong and as Michael said, once it was fixed, 27a became easier. I agree with Joy’s picks and also 4d, a clever use of the word “us”. Good level of difficulty today, thank you David ?

  7. Patrick Lewis says:

    Well, surprised indeed to get the congrats after having serious doubts about guessing 22a (I just don’t see ‘double-jointed’ as such in there, flexible maybe – oh well, I suppose so), 19d – quite extremely exhausting, and 28a – guessing a word from the crosses which unexpectedly parsed and fit an appropriate, if less usual definition. 15a and 17a were well-constructed taking quite a while to decipher. Highlight was getting the parsing for 4d!

    • Arthur Maynard says:

      22a A double jointed person is supple and flexible. So is a person who is ?????
      add the first letter and you get the answer. Incidentally for a time I locked myself into nee for born, but it just did not fit. – Preconceived notions.

  8. Richard Sternes says:

    Well – feeling rather inadequate after all that.
    Would rather not be here barely 20% done
    & desperately seeking inspiration, but seems – So Be It.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Glacial but with a little more Focus, eventually fell over the line.
      Another tough Gig but as always, rewarding for the Challenge.
      Happy with answers but Why So???
      for 27a – something to do with a salutation (usually written)?
      3d – certainly not the ESP I was anticipating?
      & what does NZ have to do with 24d?

      • Arthur Maynard says:

        27a yes you have the word which is contained. 16d is the indicator for the legal document.
        3d The last word is the definition. The rest is straightforward. A simple read.
        24d My friends hike or bushwalk. I think this term is more used in NZ than anywhere else. A bit like wee which is regularly used in Kiwiland and Scotland, but seldom heard in OZ

        • Richard Sternes says:

          Thank You Arthur. Yes overthinking, as usual.
          Almost tripped up on 4d, but not quite
          & 15a & 17a (those Soups again) caused much consternation as did 1a, so easy once the Penny dropped.

  9. Christine Hulley says:

    Another mental workout! Some great clues there.

  10. Greg Mansell says:

    The NW corner was slow going for me. Every answer was a triumph.
    My highlights:
    1a, 28a, 18d, 19d, 23d: clever, tricky definitions
    12a: tough
    26a: “wearing gloves”
    3d: last in – very tough
    4d: “without us”
    8d: interestingly, “treatment of disease” resulted in a word which is a valuable component of the treatment of a number of diseases