The Stickler Weekly 81 Solution

I imagine most people at one stage have said “I wish I had a dollar for every time…”. There’s no doubt that I would be a rich man if the sentence ended with “…someone expressed the desire to learn how to solve cryptic crosswords”. It’s rare that someone shows no interest at all in what I used to do for a living. Some say they want to learn, while others confess that they simply don’t understand how cryptics work. With so much supposed interest, how is it that desire doesn’t get turned into action? I think in some ways cryptics suffer from having a relatively simple cousin, the “straight” crossword, that is designed for everyone to solve with minimal instruction. There’s no extended learning period or mental adjustment needed, just a fundamental knowledge of the English language, which is developed enough by the end of high school. Give a straight crossword to almost anyone and they would know what to do even if they can’t or don’t want to solve it. It’s not the same with cryptics, although, on the surface, it may appear to be the same. It’s reasonable to look at the clues of a crossword and expect to be able to find the answers, since that’s how straight crosswords work, but we know, without instruction and guidance, it’s almost impossible for an uninitiated solver to solve good cryptic clues. How frustrating it must be for regular (good) straight solvers to be thwarted by an unknown code, and more so when they find out it’s not just a rule, instructional, or “how to” thing – it’s a completely different world with a long road ahead.
I can’t think of any game, interest or pastime that has branches so different but based on one fundamental concept. Can you?

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CLAY PIGEON
Target once badly broken by amateur swine (4,6) Anagram of ONCE outside (LAY + PIG)
6 ABLE
Leading type of beer consumed by beer expert (4) (B)EER inside ALE
10 TORSO
Body’s core temperature approximately (5) T + OR SO
11 ENTANGLED
Last lot of parrot fish in close should be caught (9) [PARRO(T) + ANGLE] inside END
12 INTUIT
Feel it after break-down of unit (6) IT after anagram of UNIT
13 RIGHT NOW
Equipment received by hospital revitalised town immediately (5,3) RIG + H + anagram of TOWN
14 GLASSY
Expressionless girl taken in by heartless guy? (6) LASS inside (G)U(Y)
16 PROFOUND
Intense specialist came by (8) PRO + FOUND
17 COHERENT
Meaningful present accepted by one doing prison time (8) (HERE inside CON) + T
19 SMILES
Wicked lie written in text expresses pleasure (6) Anagram of LIE inside SMS
21 SERENITY
Duck out of luck is calm (8) SERENDIPITY minus DIP
22 CLEVER
Smart one ejected from chopper (6) CLEAVER minus A
25 AU NATUREL
Relative, accepting a change to rule, may be exposed (2,7) AUNT outside A + anagram of RULE
26 WHOOP
Cough doctor screened before operation (5) WHO + OP
27 DISH
Stuffing from bird is hearty food (4) birD IS Hearty
28 BLOODY MARY
Room badly tainted by no-name brandy cocktail? (6,4) Anagram of ROOM BADLY + (BRANDY minus BRAND)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 CUTTING
Barbed piece used for plant propagation (7) Double Definition
2 AFRIT
Fair setter cryptically not terse? (5) Anagram of FAIR SETTER minus TERSE
3 PROMISSORY NOTE
Story Spooner recollected about male, one with marker? (10,4) Anagram of STORY SPOONER outside (M + I)
4 GREW
Rose cutting held up by flower girl (4) floWER Girl reversed
5 OUTLIER
Statistical anomaly is wrong, routinely, with New York not included (7) Anagram of ROUTINELY minus NY
7 BILINGUAL
Alibi and gun implicated large person who works as a translator for instance (9) Anagram of (ALIBI + GUN) + L
8 ENDOWED
Invested limit was in the red (7) END + OWED
9 IN THE FAMILY WAY
One distracted wealthy man, FYI, is carrying child (2,3,6,3) I + anagram of WEALTHY MAN FYI
15 ADHERENTS
Followers notice he pays for accommodation (9) AD + HE + RENTS
16 PIT
List pinned up is mine (3) TIP reversed
17 CUSTARD
Lead found in processed food and dessert (7) STAR in CUD
18 NATURAL
Brown floating up on Russian river is organic (7) TAN reversed + URAL
20 SCRAPPY
Disjointed nonsense admitted by secret agent (7) CRAP inside SPY
23 VIOLA
Fiddle with plant (5) Double Definition
24 ALTO
High voice varied a lot (4) Anagram of A LOT

 

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One Response to The Stickler Weekly 81 Solution

  1. Lyn Teague says:

    Though in the middle of the night I did suddenly think maybe you find supernatural Demons in crypts though I don’t even know if it is Arabic people have crypts so I don’t know if this is right.
    anyway, more regards Lyn