The Stickler Weekly 251 Clue Hints

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1-across

5-across




15-across

21-across


27-across

28-across



2-down

3-down

4-down


7-down

8-down

9-down

19-down

22-down

26-down

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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, then the entire result is reversed. The type of container clue involved is determined by an appropriate containment indicator.
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.

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14 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 251 Clue Hints

  1. Greg C says:

    Done. 14d last one in. Not that hard to guess from the definition and the crossers but took ages to parse. Very clever construction.

  2. Joy Whalley says:

    Thanks David. I always finish wanting more!
    Particularly enjoyed 29a.
    Until next week.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Must be on your wave-length Joy. Last three letters just dropped into place.
      Struggling with 2d, but otherwise All Done too.
      Smooth run – but as always, challenging & yes, wanting more.
      Always Archives to be visited.!!!

  3. Richard Sternes says:

    Always something new – Thank You David. To name but a few:-
    11a – loved the Biblical twists & turns
    18a – SO cute
    21a – totally unexpected “Neck”
    2d – & still baffled………
    3d – terrific example of The Setter’s Art
    9d – ditto for this Alphabet Soup
    14d – like Greg (above) took ages to nail the Parsing

  4. Arthur Maynard says:

    I am not getting the congrats. I suspect it is 22d.
    I have reworked my parsing, for all clues, so I will let it percolate. I could have put wrong letters in the on line version.
    I spent much thought on 14d before the light dawned.
    For me 14d is the standout – just because I spent so much time, and it was really very simple.
    Like Joy, I enjoyed 29a

  5. Greg Mansell says:

    I’m surprised that nobody has yet mentioned 4d. This was far and away my clue of the week. Firstly, it’s an elegant &lit. Secondly (for want of a better expression), it’s a “reverse anagram” – where the anagram indicator is in the answer. I’ve never seen this before. Congratulations, David.
    Other highlights:
    18a, 28a, 14d: Nice definitions
    20a: “space traveller”
    23a: “festering issue”
    29a: “get rid of unwanted matter”
    30a: nice misdirection
    7d: “old lady”

    • Greg Mansell says:

      Correction: 4d is not an &lit clue. At best, it’s a semi-&lit – and it might not even be that. It’s possible to read the entire clue as the definition – but just one word also works.
      Anyway, it’s still my clue of the week – because of the reverse anagram.

      • Arthur Maynard says:

        I like all your choices. I agree that 4d is well crafted. Your comment helped clarify my thinking on the “reverse anagram” because I could not put a handle on it.