The Stickler Weekly 3 Solution

There are many, many decisions a setter has to make as they develop their own style. I think most start out being a combination of their favourite setters’ styles, and gradually change as nuances are introduced and their knowledge of setting grows. I’ve cut out a number of elements from my setting over the years, and changed the way I employ certain devices. One of those is the common hidden clue, where the answer is embedded in the wordplay. I couldn’t understand why it’s acceptable for this type of clue to be different from other types, in that it doesn’t always have two separate parts that can independently lead the solver to the answer. Consequently, my hidden clues are written a particular way which is generally different from most setters. 19-across in this crossword is a classic example of my hidden style.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 LASER
Camouflaged arsenal may not be fitted with an intense light generator (5) Anagram of ARSENAL minus AN
4 MUSHROOMS
Thick, soft mass next to offices builds up alarmingly (9) MUSH + ROOMS
9 CHASSIS
Chain is connected at the back of a vessel’s structural framework (7) CH + IS after A + SS
10 RETIREE
Someone no longer working on exhaust pipe at the rear (7) RE + TIRE + E
11 CONGRATULATES
Excited scout rang about recent compliments (13) Anagram of SCOUT RANG outside LATE
14 REAM
Special province lacking large paper (4) REALM minus L
15 ARMENIANS
Give weapons to insane, misguided people of Asia (9) ARM + anagram of INSANE
18 ARBORETUM
Weary trade union placed in branch area with great growth (9) BORE + TU inside ARM
19 METE
Boundary set by members of home team (4) hoME TEam
21 WORK THE ORACLE
Late rocker who organised to raise money (4,3,6) Anagram of LATE ROCKER WHO
24 TYPICAL
Standard parking in a city sorted out by learner (7) P inside anagram of A CITY + L
26 SWEARER
We are captivated by senior person with a foul mouth (7) WE ARE inside SR
27 REGULATOR
Governor returned a gun to dealer finally (9) A LUGER reversed + TO + R
28 MUTED
Vehicle owned by business leader is low-key (5) MD outside UTE
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 LACK
Need trousers trimmed on both sides (4) s)LACK(s
2 STAR CHAMBER
Arbitrary tribunal’s pompous formality and colour (4,7) STARCH + AMBER
3 RISING
Rebellion is spotted in self-seeking group (6) IS inside RING
4 MISCREANT
Criminal intended keeping one’s credit (9) MEANT outside (IS + CR)
5 STRUT
Support parade (5) Double Definition
6 RATTLING
Smart head of Treasury left in position (8) (T + L) inside RATING
7 OAR
Fellow rowing boat in the middle, right? (3) OA + R
8 STEPSISTER
Time taken by priestess upset relative in law (10) T inside anagram of PRIESTESS
12 TRADE SECRET
Driver at the front in street race exploited a competitive advantage (5,6) D inside anagram of STREET RACE
13 BREAKWATER
A unit of power claimed by rebater troubled mole (10) Anagram of REBATER containing (A + KW)
16 MEMORISER
Skinflint, hoarding European capital, raised retainer (9) MISER outside ROME flipped
17 CRITICAL
Carbon used by integrated circuit in new trial is essential (8) C + IC inside anagram of TRIAL
20 SCREAM
Assault victim’s reaction, possibly, is reduced by one form of medication (6) IS minus I + CREAM
22 ECLAT
Clubs implicated in story about social distinction (5) C inside TALE reversed
23 CRUD
There’s no end to unprocessed, worthless stuff (4) CRUD(e
25 PIG
Doctor turned around one person who eats too much (3) GP reversed outside I

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