The Stickler Weekly 38 Solution

Feedback is a really good tool for anyone supplying a service or product to improve what they offer. Good feedback provides encouragement and reinforces what someone does well. Negative feedback can force changes so that more of the public are happy with what’s provided. In our increasingly busy world, we tend to focus on the negative feedback because we have a vested interest, and time is too short to pat anyone on the back for what we consider as “doing their job”. The crossword setting business is a little different, but not much. In the 15 years I wrote The Stickler, I had just a handful of letters and emails, with the majority pointing out mistakes or things that solvers thought weren’t right. In some cases I received malicious feedback from people wanting to undermine my work by providing general criticism with no examples or a foundation for their beef. It’s disappointing not to get more feedback, but I believe no news is good news, so lack of feedback probably means I’m doing OK.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DOMESTIC FLIGHT
Soft medic treated weak travel agent operating locally (8,6) (Anagram of SOFT MEDIC) + LIGHT
10 ASSET
Help dog with no lead attached (5) (B)ASSET
11 RISE ABOVE
Overcome one base not normally within range (4,5) (I + anagram of BASE) inside ROVE
12 ORIFICE
Vent, one put in for contaminated coolant (7) (I inside anagram of FOR) + ICE
13 BASEMAN
Worthless starter from Minnesota, an infielder (7) BASE + (M)INNESOTA + AN
14 SEA
It’s stocked with fish, as we say, regularly (3) aS wE sAy
15 ELAPSE
Go past fellow leaving chapel, part of a large church (6) (CHAPEL minus CHAP) + APSE
16 CANADA
Dismiss a lawyer in the US part of the world (6) CAN + A + DA
19 NETTLE
A number inside felt tense about bug (6) fELT TENse reversed
21 JAMMED
Played music in a confined space (6) Double Definition
25 VET
Check solider once (3) Double Definition
27 IMAGINE
Suspect that is taking publication in (7) IE outside (MAG + IN)
29 ORCHARD
Area set aside to grow fruit or vegetable (7) OR + CHARD
30 INDONESIA
Popular right is backed by a republic in Asia (9) IN + DONE + IS reversed + A
31 TRITE
Start of the religious ceremony is repeated too often (5) (T)HE + RITE
32 HUNDRED-PER-CENT
Savage doctor misused precedent completely (7-3-4) HUN + DR + anagram of PRECEDENT
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 OBSTINATE
Persistent botanist replanted eucalypts at the front (9) Anagram of BOTANIST + (E)UCALYPTS
3 ENTRIES
Guards beheaded those given admittance (7) (S)ENTRIES
4 THROES
Violent pangs of suffering – the mothers worked ignoring them (6) Anagram of THE MOTHERS minus THEM
5 CASHBACK
Taxi reversing into shack arranged partial refund (8) CAB reversed inside anagram of SHACK
6 LIAISON
Mediator is against ending mounting trouble (7) (IS + ON) after AIL reversed
7 GROOM
Grand part of house is ready (5) G + ROOM
8 THE ONE
Male, acting in character, is a special person (3,3) HE inside TONE
9 PAROLE
Conditionally release play without every second part (6) P(L)A(Y) + ROLE
17 DAMNATION
Eternal punishment upset mad people (9) MAD reversed + NATION
18 REVERSED
Part of the Bible printed in colour is withdrawn (8) VERSE inside RED
20 THINNER
The shaved Private could be leaner (7) TH(E) + INNER
22 ASCETIC
Jerk at the end of unusual case is self-disciplined (7) TIC after anagram of CASE
23 DODOES
Party satisfies people with little intelligence (6) DO + DOES
24 FINISH
Deal with roach for one checking in (6) FISH outside IN
26 TO DATE
Point raised at end of page so far (2,4) DOT reversed + AT + PAG(E)
28 ADD-ON
Rescheduled downloads not affected by slow equipment attached to a computer (3-2) Anagram of DOWNLOADS minus SLOW

 

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4 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 38 Solution

  1. Richard Sternes says:

    No doubts about that David, you sure are.
    Highlight of my week.
    ‘Orchard’ was an oldie but goodie.
    Here’s hoping you will continue to make my day – or so, each week!

    sincerest regards, Richard

  2. Lyn Crowther says:

    I looked forward to the Saturday Cryptic in the Adelaide Advertiser every week for years! Then suddenly it was gone! My delight at finding you again quite by chance is indescribable! I print off the Stickler every Wednesday, and then make myself wait until Saturday morning, when I have many leisure hours to puzzle over it.
    Never stop, David, you compile the best crossword I’ve ever tried!
    Many, many thanks.
    Lyn

  3. Norman Remedios says:

    My wife and I do the AFR Cryptic and the STICKLER’s weekly, the AFR for the last18 months and the STICKLER’s for the last six. We both think your crosswords are fantastic. Your provision of Clues Help and solution explanations are unique and are a good teaching process as well.

    You are truly indispensable.

    Many thanks
    Norman

  4. Greg Mansell says:

    I’m falling behind, due to a trip away followed by a busy couple of weeks. But I’ll catch up again.

    19ac defeated me. It was obvious when I saw the solution — I shouldn’t have given up so easily.