The Stickler Weekly 27 Solution

During my time as a professional crossword setter I’ve been interviewed by newspapers and radio hosts many times. Sometimes it’s as a result of a crossword making the news in some way, but mostly it’s a media person who thinks it would be a good idea to find out more about this “mysterious” pastime. Interviews tend to be cyclic, that is, the same sort of interview by the same newspaper/radio station happens every couple of years. Newspapers are the easiest – just a chat on the phone or a visit by a reporter at home. They always look for an angle: “Who’s the best?”, “Are Australian crosswords as good as the ones in the UK? If not, why not?”. You never really know what’s going to be printed until it comes out. Talking on the radio by phone I like the least – I much prefer a studio interview so I can see and interact with the host.

Preparation for any crossword interview on radio is essential: be armed with key details, have some stats and milestones available, and make sure the day’s major crosswords have been solved and understood as the host and/or listeners may ask for clues to be explained. All interviews tend to have common elements and I can be sure certain questions will be asked. What do you think these question are? First: “How did you get started?”. I like this one because there’s quite a story and if I’m not careful the answer would use up most of the interview time. Second: “What comes first, the words or the grid?”. Easy to answer. Third: “How long does it take to write a cryptic crossword?”. I can waffle on about this for a while. Fourth: “What are some of your favourite clues?”. A tough one. There are lots of other common questions that could be asked but time is always a limiting factor. One thing is for sure, lots of people will mention they heard me. I had no idea how popular listening to the radio still is.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PERIPHERAL
Minor cut spotted by her in ring (10) (RIP + HER) inside PEAL
6 ACER
Type of maple, or a cherry, oddly (4) A + ChErRy
10 RAVER
Party animal’s endless courage? (5) B)RAVER(Y
11 TRIFOCALS
Special glasses of retired craftsman primarily used in experiments (9) [OF reversed + (C)RAFTSMAN] inside TRIALS
12 LANDMARK
Feature with Bond’s boss involved in carefree adventure (8) (AND + M) inside LARK
13 ACTING
Part of Australia elected head of government in a provisional role (6) ACT + IN + (G)OVERNMENT
15 LEAD
Primary conductor of electricity (4) Double Definition
16 REARRANGE
Change position of back row (9) REAR + RANGE
18 ACTRESSES
Female performers, a cast originally with Hair? (9) A + (C)AST + TRESSES
20 OUCH
Tip cut off finger that hurt (4) TOUCH minus T
23 TREBLE
Experience fear or anxiety with loss of male singer (6) TREMBLE minus M
24 FALLIBLE
Weak story about turnaround of misfortune (8) FABLE outside (ILL reversed)
26 ESSENTIAL
Vital broadcast, one offered in tailored sale (9) (SENT + I) inside anagram of SALE
27 GIRTH
Right around? (5) Anagram of RIGHT
28 SENT
Shipped money as specified by auditor (4) Sounds like CENT
29 TENDONITIS
Painful condition – nurse in operation is behind it (10) TEND + ON + (IS after IT)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 PARTLY
Paintings, say, fixed in thickness to a certain degree (6) ART inside PLY
2 REVENUE
Takings are discounted by a chosen location (7) (ARE minus A) + VENUE
3 PYRAMID SELLING
Organisation of daringly simple trading scheme (7,7) Anagram of DARINGLY SIMPLE
4 ENTERPRISE
Go into prison, giving up on drug business (10) ENTER + (PRISON minus ON) + E
5 ARID
Dry and bitter but not cold (4) ACRID minus C
7 CLARION
Instrument timeless trio played in band? (7) (TRIO minus T) inside CLAN
8 RESIGNED
Defeatist extended a contract (8) Double Definition
9 SOCCER HOOLIGAN
Disruptive sporting fan is very much taken with new coaching role (6,8) SO + anagram of COACHING ROLE
14 MARSHALLED
Damage everything in shed lined up (10) MAR + (ALL inside SHED)
17 TARTNESS
A number of diners sent ratatouille back with a bitter taste (8) dinerS SENT RATatouille reversed
19 TREASON
Disloyalty shown by leader of the debate (7) (T)HE + REASON
21 CABARET
Court limiting a nude floor show (7) CT outside (A + BARE)
22 LECHES
The French game involving men, mostly dirty old men (6) LE + (CHES)S
25 HIVE
Hummers are regularly seen in here (4) Cryptic Definition

 

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2 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 27 Solution

  1. Robert Balic says:

    Had ‘resigner’ for 8dn. I should have spotted that one.

  2. Richard Sternes says:

    Right, now David we eagerly await The Answers!
    by the way I went with re-signed.
    regards Richard Sternes