AFR Cryptic, Saturday 15/5/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (8/5/2021) Worked Solution

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Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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AFR Cryptic (8/5/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BACKBITE
Be on the edges of a creek and drop rubbish (8) BE outside (A + CK + BIT)
5 CABLED
Hire car was first sent a message (6) CAB + LED
10 LINER
It provides protection inside a ship (5) Double Definition
11 ELECTIVES
Head of extremely evil sect corrupted chosen subjects (9) (E)xtremely + anagram of EVIL SECT
12 OMISSIONS
Gaps overseas filled by charitable centre (9) OS outside MISSION
13 FARCE
Deal with containing right ludicrous situation (5) FACE outside R
14 REMISS
Negligent sports official stopped short young girl (6) (RE)f + MISS
15 NEAREST
Most close by are living in a comfortable residence (7) ARE inside NEST
18 RATTLED
Agitated snake in the grass, given time, went ahead (7) RAT + T + LED
20 BELLOW
Roar made by blowing device briefly (6) (BELLOW)s
22 DIGIT
A number understand computer-related stuff (5) DIG + IT
24 NONPAREIL
No crop eaten by duck is ideal (9) N+ (PARE inside NIL)
25 CRUSADERS
Mixture of crass and rude NZ rugby players (9) Anagram of CRASS + RUDE
26 EXACT
Court, going after hacker, sent back claim (5) CT after (AXE reversed)
27 SPEAKS
Leaders from Sudan and Syria hosting summit talks (6) PEAK inside [(S)udan + (S)yria]
28 BATTLERS
People doing it tough left in care of striking performers (8) L inside BATTERS
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 BILLOW
Part of ship breached by harmful sea wave (6) ILL inside BOW
2 CONTINENT
Part of the world that’s happy checking in (9) CONTENT outside IN
3 BIRDSVILLE TRACK
Blacklist driver changing old stock route (10,5) Anagram of BLACKLIST DRIVER
4 TREMORS
Millions poured into resort fixed small movements of earth (7) M inside anagram of RESORT
6 ACT OF PARLIAMENT
Statute amended after a complaint (3,2,10) Anagram of AFTER A COMPLAINT
7 LEVER
Labourers, at the start, always use a crowbar (5) (L)abourers + EVER
8 DESCENTS
Falls and dies, sparing one some money (8) DIES minus I + CENTS
9 REASON
Time given up by senator resolved understanding (6) Anagram of SENATOR minus T
16 EXONERATE
Let off miscast extra in possession of one drug (9) Anagram of EXTRA outside ONE + E
17 PRODUCTS
Sharp instrument roughly cuts merchandise (8) PROD + anagram of CUTS
19 DANCED
Niece that’s released into dad’s care had a ball (6) NIECE minus IE inside DAD
20 BANKSIA
Money lender is backing a native of Australia (7) BANK + IS reversed + A
21 FLATUS
Stomach gas generated even by us (6) FLAT + US
23 GAUGE
Converted members of synagogue without input from nosy judge (5) Anagram of SYNAGOGUE minus NOSY

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 8/5/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (1/5/2021) Worked Solution

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The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
A word or series of words that signify the removal of a letter, letters, word or words (or their equivalents) from other parts of the clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: taken from, decreased by, less.

A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

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AFR Cryptic (1/5/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SHOP TALK
Jump in to follow closely some conversation about work (4,4) HOP inside STALK
5 FILL UP
Charge fellow, one backing attraction (4,2) F + I + (PULL reversed)
9 IDENTIFY
Name, one connected with depression in case before day’s end (8) I + DENT + IF + da(Y)
10 CLOVER
Forage plant left inside shelter (6) L inside COVER
12 LABOR
Members of local aboriginal group in politics (5) locaL ABORiginal
13 SHORTENED
Medley of tenor, supported by cast, is cut (9) Anagram of TENOR inside SHED
14 COUSIN
Money divided up by American family member (6) COIN outside US
16 TEACHES
Directs shipping container most of the way (7) TEACHES(t)
19 TOP
Trump’s misguided post lacking substance primarily (3) Anagram of POST minus (S)ubstance
20 PANICLE
Slate rocks sheltering large cluster of stalked flowers (7) (PAN + ICE) outside L
21 OPENLY
Exclusively taking care of physical education in public (6) ONLY outside PE
23 CORPUSCLE
Some blood and pus linked to chlorine detected in heart (9) (PUS + CL) inside CORE
25 SPEAR
Go through ecstasy stored in box (5) E inside SPAR
26 FOSSIL
Antiquated poles wrapped in thin metal plate (6) S+S inside FOIL
27 GELATINE
Setter’s language absorbed by geek mostly (8) LATIN inside (GEE)k
28 CARING
Associates of vicar in group should be compassionate (6) viCAR IN GRoup
29 ETCHINGS
Artist’s impressions are ultimately things containing carbon (8) [ar(E) + THINGS] outside C
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SHIELD
Cover threw hard over leg-slip’s head (6) SHIED outside (L)egslip
2 OVERBLOWN
Pompous part of speech muffled in broadcasting (9) (VERB + LOW) inside ON
3 TATER
Partakers of banquet ate roast vegetable (5) banqueT ATE Roast
4 LIFE SENTENCE
Court’s judgment left unruly teens in custody of one criminal (4,8) L + anagram of TEENS inside ( I + FENCE)
6 ILL AT EASE
Not feeling comfortable, I will put on a playful act (3,2,4) ILL + A + TEASE
7 LIVEN
Animate retreat of black knight (5) EVIL reversed + N
8 PARADISE
Ecstasy is taken in show (8) IS inside PARADE
11 POSTPONEMENT
Mail workers accepting pressure created by one time delay (12) (POST + MEN) outside (P + ONE) + T
15 SECLUSION
Corrupt counsel is hiding (9) Anagram of COUNSEL IS
17 HELVETIAN
Swiss native relocated following reduction of assistance (9) Anagram of NATIVE after (HEL)p
18 SPECIFIC
Peculiar poet oddly quoted in sci-fi comic at the start (8) (P)o(E)t inside SCIFI + (C)omic
22 GREENS
Team excluded from agreements tangled with political group (6) Anagram of AGREEMENTS minus TEAM
24 RISER
Jack, say, is close to spare in Rolls Royce (5) [IS + spar(E)] inside RR
25 STASH
Street has rebuilt a drugstore? (5) ST + anagram of HAS

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 1/5/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (24/4/2021) Worked Solution

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The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The entire answer is the result of removing the first or last letter from part of the clue or its synonym. A truncation indicator will be present.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
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AFR Cryptic (24/4/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RASHIE
Impulsive one beginning to experiment with surf gear (6) RASH + I + (E)xperiment
4 PROTRACT
Extend authority connected to piece of land (8) PRO + TRACT
9 POLITE
Refined Information Technology installed in an extreme location (6) IT inside POLE
10 COMMERCE
Millions and millions put in to drive business (8) (M + M) inside COERCE
12 STICKERS
Head of security, watches, say, diligent people (8) (S)ecurity + TICKERS
13 ALTERS
Telstra, not using lead, reconfigured changes (6) Anagram of t(ELSTRA)
14 DIRE
Colourist sounded horrible (4) Sounds like DYER
15 RECAPTURED
Backed racehorse turned short of pole and recovered (10) PACER reversed + TUR(n)ED
19 CONSORTIUM
Fraud ruined tourism association (10) CON + anagram of TOURISM
20 PIES
Pepsi, lacking in capital, replaced AFL players (4) Anagram of p(EPSI)
23 DARKEN
Large floating vessel in cave is obscure (6) ARK inside DEN
25 BECHAMEL
Cold meat, glazed with honey, supplier left with sauce (8) (C + HAM) inside BEE + L
27 IMPROVER
Rogue wanderer, a do-gooder (8) IMP + ROVER
28 COOKIE
Baked food that is started off by chef (6) IE after COOK
29 MILITARY
One fired up in army transformed the armed services (8) (I + LIT) inside anagram of ARMY
30 ENERGY
Zip turned green then silvery in the end (6) Anagram of GREEN + silver(Y)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 REPOSED
Agent given wrong dose took it easy (7) REP + anagram of DOSE
2 SOLDIER ON
Made money from ecstasy in club to survive (7,2) SOLD + (E inside IRON)
3 INTAKE
Section to paint a key mine’s ventilation shaft (6) paINT A KEy
5 ROOK
Cheat is caught – given up by criminal (4) CROOK minus C
6 TEMPLATE
Model employee who sometimes arrives late (8) TEMP + LATE
7 AGREE
Match may be on in time (5) RE inside AGE
8 TRESSED
Last course served up with strands of hair (7) DESSERT reversed
11 URGENT
Heart of honourable man requiring immediate attention (6) honoURable + GENT
16 ABUSER
One who takes advantage of muscle man on drugs, perhaps (6) AB + USER
17 RAINMAKER
Kick broken main sealed by gardener (9) Anagram of MAIN inside RAKER
18 FOREMOST
Initial way of working in a large wooded area (8) MO inside FOREST
19 CADMIUM
Rogue tight-lipped about one component of nuclear reactor control rods (7) (CAD + MUM) outside I
21 SILVERY
Large quantity of silt particularly light in tone (7) (SIL)t + VERY
22 THROWN
Human resources in urban centre may be put out (6) HR inside TOWN
24 REPEL
Drive off one who’s not wanted back (5) LEPER reversed
26 VEER
Change factors contributing to refractive error (4) refractiVE ERror

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 24/4/2021, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (17/4/2021) Worked Solution

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The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
A word or series of words that signify the removal of a letter, letters, word or words (or their equivalents) from other parts of the clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: taken from, decreased by, less.

A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) around the OUTSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: holding, keeping, embracing - anything that creates the image of containment.

Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
A word or series of words that signify a mixing-up of letters.

Examples: changed, at sea, confused, all over the place - anything that indicates change or jumbling.

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is found by butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
The entire answer is found by reversing part of the clue, or a synonym for part of the clue. A suitable reversal indicator will be present.
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AFR Cryptic (17/4/2021) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RECIPE
Cream pie cooked without a MasterChef’s initial instructions (6) Anagram of CREAM PIE minus [A + (M)asterchef]
4 PROCLAIM
Officially announce large target after replanting of crop (8) (L + AIM) after anagram of CROP
9 FELLOW
Guy felt greatly depressed (6) (FEL)t + LOW
10 ENORMOUS
Big individual knocked back rum so irregularly (8) ONE reversed + anagram of RUM SO
12 SUNRISE INDUSTRY
In study, insurers redefined “new business” (7,8) Anagram of IN STUDY INSURERS
13 DISC
Quartet from England is cutting a record (4) englanD IS Cutting
14 CAPITALISE
Fund’s maximum amount is placed in one account (10) CAP + IS inside (I + TALE)
18 SERPENTINE
Series writer concluding with point that’s meandering (10) SER + PEN + TINE
19 SPAS
Hot baths reduced muscular contraction (4) (SPAS)m
22 EARTH-SHATTERING
Crook threatens a right of great importance (5-10) Anagram of THREATENS A RIGHT
25 IN DETAIL
Contents of binder to follow closely, item by item? (2,6) b(INDE)r + TAIL
26 CREASE
Car not taking a smooth line (6) CAR minus A + EASE
27 LORDSHIP
Retired doctor held in custody by corrupt Polish authority (8) DR reversed inside anagram of POLISH
28 ADVERT
Notice a person going under losing one ahead of time (6) A + (DIVER minus I) + T
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 REFUSED
Denied sports official took drugs regularly (7) REF + USED
2 COLONISER
Pioneer is accommodated by company person with few friends (9) IS inside (CO + LONER)
3 PROFIT
Revenue paid sportsman in good shape (6) PRO + FIT
5 RAN ON
Right person with a secret identity continued in operation (3,2) R + ANON
6 CAROUSAL
Song about country party full of drunkards (8) CAROL outside USA
7 ADOPT
Choose suit in fitting (5) DO inside APT
8 MISTYPE
Tearful poet oddly hit the wrong key (7) MISTY + (P)o(E)t
11 PEDANT
High-level fighter cuffed by special person who likes to get things right (6) DAN inside PET
15 IGNITE
Fire up participants of meeting isolated in retreat (6) meETING Isolated reversed
16 IMPLICATE
Associate edited clip received by one partner (9) Anagram of CLIP inside (I + MATE)
17 MEPHITIS
Madonna’s first recording, a big success, is a stinker (8) (M)adonna + EP + HIT + IS
18 SPECIAL
Unique place is given a makeover (7) Anagram of PLACE IS
20 SEGMENT
Division transported around, say, third in command (7) SENT outside [EG + co(M)mand]
21 REARED
Brought up lots of authentic wine (6) (REA)l + RED
23 RADAR
Components of sensor, a dark object tracker (5) sensoR A DARk
24 HAITI
Country has reduced it by one (5) HA(s) + IT + I

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The Stickler Weekly Status

The Stickler Weekly will take an indefinite break while I sort out some ongoing shoulder, back and neck issues that restrict my time working in front of a computer. These issues have been plaguing me on and off since my IT days in the 1990s, but have recently come to a head with episodes that come on me suddenly and stop me in my tracks. Various physios have tried their best to correct my bad posture that seems to be responsible for nerve damage, but nothing seems to have a lasting effect. I’ve been struggling on, but recent events have been a real cause for concern. Time to get serious.
In addition to medical remedies, I’m planning to set up a standing desk as a trial, the success of which may determine whether I ever write another crossword.

Thanks for your support in the past.

David
The Stickler

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The Stickler Weekly 270 Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 ROUGH IT
Live basically with dysfunctional group ignoring pressure to strike (5,2) Anagram of GROUP minus P + HIT
5 MUST-SEE
Think about set repaired for essential viewing (4-3) MUSE outside anagram of SET
9 LYCRA
Dressmaker’s finishing obvious in restitching of lacy material (5) dressmake(R) inisde anagram of LACY
10 ESPIONAGE
Secret service, especially one on time (9) ESP + I + ON + AGE
11 CONVEYED
Moved kid looked at end of verse (8) CON + (EYED after V)
12 UPBEAT
Uranium and boron found in organic material is encouraging (6) U + (B inside PEAT)
14 TRIP
Hallucination is nonsense largely (4) (TRIP)e
15 DOORKNOB
Handle party or bash the wrong way (8) DO + OR + (BONK reversed)
18 MISCOUNT
Wrong calculation is checked initially entering horse (8) [IS + (C)hecked] inside MOUNT
19 GENE
Protein molecule is part of oestrogen essentially (4) oestroGEN Essentially
22 AUNTIE
A free person, relatively speaking (6) A + UNTIE
23 PARLANCE
Standard number of shots fired with weapon in a manner of speaking (8) PAR + LANCE
25 HELPED OUT
Mixed up “the dole” with “supplied assistance” (6,3) Anagram of UP THE DOLE
26 GREET
Shake hands and agree, losing a little time (5) AGREE minus A + T
27 SHYSTER
Unscrupulous practitioner is ignored by sister after fling (7) (SISTER minus IS) after SHY
28 DONATED
Gifted university fellow finished a course and died (7) DON + ATE + D
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 RELOCATE
Transfer associate holding company up (8) RELATE outside (CO reversed)
2 UNCONDITIONALLY
Sort of induction concerning friend without qualifications (15) Anagram of INDUCTION + ON + ALLY
3 HEATER
Hard consumer could be warmer (6) H + EATER
4 TREMENDOUS
Harassed mentor sued great (10) Anagram of MENTOR SUED
5 MOPE
Move around slowly and aimlessly in vehicle mostly (4) (MOPE)d
6 SLOWPOKE
Plodder talked about mountain-climbing gear? (8) SPOKE outside LOW
7 STATE GOVERNMENT
Strong team event transformed regional authority (5,10) Anagram of STRONG TEAM EVENT
8 EVENTS
A war lost by veteran was changing engagements (6) Anagram of VETERAN WAS minus A WAR
13 CONTRACTED
Called about worker ultimately bound by a legal obligation (10) CONTACTED outside worke(R)
16 ACCIDENT
Chance I’d taken, in a manner of speaking (8) ID inside ACCENT
17 DEMENTED
Soldiers, with time in action, cracked (8) (MEN + T) inside DEED
20 MASHES
Helium kept in large-scale pounds (6) HE inside MASS
21 FLAGON
Amount of wine and spirit put into baked dish (6) GO inside FLAN
24 SOUR
Tart, a starter, possibly, not finished right (4) (SOU)p + R

 

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