The Stickler Weekly 48 Solution

I was told when I released the first Stickler Boxed Set that I was “giving it away” at the price I was asking, but believed I really couldn’t ask for more as the included crosswords had already been published. I did add some value by bringing them up-to-date and globalising them, and by adding clue help and worked solutions to the website, but I saw this as necessary to provide as much cryptic reach as possible. I also made it available according to how it was to be used: individually or in a group. I had to trust that buyers would purchase the appropriate version and that people who did receive it wouldn’t copy it or simply attach it to a email and send it to friends. The pricing strategy was meant to encourage people to buy their own copy rather than trying to source it via alternative means. Trying to protect the product digitally is very expensive unless there’s a good chance of high-volume sales, so this was out of the question. So far I’ve had one U3A crossword course leader pay the group price even though I’m aware of other groups who use the Stickler Boxed Set 1 in their classes. There was always a possibility this might happen as course leaders “try out” the crosswords to make sure they are suitable for their course, but the hope would be that a Stickler contribution would follow if the puzzles ended up being used in class. I’m not too disappointed by what is effectively human nature, but it does bring home to me the lack of money that is in crosswords, the dilution of all things caused by the internet, and that making a living again from crosswords is simply not possible.

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CATASTROPHE
Spectator had not totally recollected a disastrous event? (11) Anagram of (SPECTATOR HA)D
7 PRO
Skilled football forward losing final (3) PRO(P)
9 PARKA
Leave a car with a weatherproof cover (5) PARK + A
10 SHRUBBERY
She pruned resilient bushes (9) SH(E) + RUBBERY
11 TRAGEDIAN
Actor partied hard with one sporting buff (9) (RAGED + I) inside TAN
12 WRITE
Author’s claim must be heard (5) Sounds like RIGHT
13 WRINKLE
Gather shellfish found on banks of river (7) WINKLE outside R
15 POOL
Put together circuit wired the wrong way round (4) LOOP reversed
18 LEWD
Substance retrieved from contaminated well is   blue (4) contaminateD WELl reversed
20 RAMPART
Forcefully strike division’s defence (7) RAM + PART
23 AD HOC
Commercial wine largely for a special purpose (2,3) AD + (HOC)K
24 EXPERTISE
Special knowledge and time one invested in old friend, as such (9) (T + I) inside (EX + PER SE)
26 ISOBUTANE
Is one filled with just a propellant? (9) (IS + ONE) outside (BUT + A)
27 DENIM
I am after study material (5) IM after DEN
28 GIN
It could be used for drinking game (3) Double Definition
29 TITLE-HOLDER
Champion is thrilled to be in an unusual position without taking bishop (5-6) Anagram of (THRILLED TO BE) minus B
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CAPE TOWN
Financial restriction new to resettled place in South Africa (4,4) CAP + anagram of NEW TO
2 TERRAPIN
Land providing habitat for soft, edible, freshwater reptile (8) TERRAIN outside P (piano – soft in music)
3 SHADE
Relative darkness experienced in middle of desert (5) HAD inside DE(SE)RT
4 RESPITE
Break especially needed in religious ceremony (7) ESP inside RITE
5 PARSNIP
Standard crop vegetable (7) PAR + SNIP
6 ELBOW-ROOM
Space arranged below before lifting of anchor (5-4) (Anagram of BELOW) + MOOR reversed
7 PREFIX
Game official, posing in photographs, is put at the front (6) REF inside PIX
8 ONYXES
Provocative number influenced by Rolling Stones (6) (SEXY NO) reversed
14 KEEP COUNT
Quickly look up ranked individual’s score (4,5) PEEK reversed + COUNT
16 MALIGNED
Abused and perverted man lied about thug’s termination (8) Anagram of (MAN LIED) about THU(G)
17 STREAMER
Old ship carrying right flag (8) STEAMER outside R
19 DIE-CAST
New cadet is moulded into shape (3-4) Anagram of CADET IS
20 REPLETE
Stuffed salesman rented back section of house (7) REP + LET + HOUS(E)
21 MATING
Coupling made of a metal coated with magnesium (6) (A + TIN) inside MG
22 THROWN
Personnel section in urban centre may be put out (6) HR (Human Resources) inside TOWN
25 RADIO
Broadcaster runs over farewell before the end (5) R + (ADIO)S

 

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6 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 48 Solution

  1. Steve Ball says:

    12-across, expanding the “‘s”, becomes “Author is claim must be heard”, which to me, is ungrammatical. Am I missing something?

    I had to pattern-search 8-down, but really appreciated the deception when I got it. 🙂

    I thought “sporting buff” for “inside TAN” was brilliant.

    Steve = : ^ )

    • David Stickley says:

      12-across. Indeed, if I had clued it as “Author is claim must be heard”, it would be ungrammatical. But it’s not clued that way. I see the clue as a starting point, and anything that follows as part of the resolution process. So the real question is: Does a clue have to stay grammatical as its various elements are interpreted?

  2. Steve Ball says:

    I’m not getting it. How am I to interpret “‘s” if not as a contraction of “is”? For me, “DEFINITION is WORD being spoken” is grammatical in a way that DEFINITION is WORD must be spoken” isn’t, and contracting the “is” to “‘s” doesn’t change anything. I’m clearly missing something.

    “I see the clue as a starting point, and anything that follows as part of the resolution process. So the real question is: Does a clue have to stay grammatical as its various elements are interpreted?” Are you saying, then, that “ANAGRAM FODDER explode is DEFINITION” is just as valid as “ANAGRAM FODDER exploded is DEFINITION”? Or am I still missing something? :-S

    The clue stuck out to me because, as far as I recollect, your clues are always grammatical to my way of thinking. Can you show me another you’ve used that works in the same way as this one?

    • David Stickley says:

      Funny thing. I couldn’t work out where you were coming from until I went to explain it a different way and realised you were right. If I break it down into two sides of an equation, A is B, it doesn’t work. Thanks for that. Something to look out for in the future.

      David

  3. Steve Ball says:

    I’m not going mad? Oh, good.

  4. Peter says:

    Surely “author’s claim” is possessive = “the claim of the author”. What are you talking about? Am I missing something?