AFR Cryptic, Saturday 13/8/2022, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (6/8/2022) 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 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.

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 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.
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.

The answer is hidden inside the clue in reverse order. There are two indicators: one to signify that a hidden word is present; the other to reverse the letters.
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.
Punctuation generally should be ignored - always consider how a clue reads without punctuation.
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 word or series of words that signify the turning around (across & down clues), or overturning (down clues only) of letters.

Examples: upset, reversed, retired, in withdrawal, over etc.

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.
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AFR Cryptic (6/8/2022) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 SPRING
Shoot around end of open season (6) SPRIG outside ope(N)
5 MASCARA
A blemish concealed by mother’s make-up (7) (A + SCAR) inside MA
9 CIRCUMSTANTIAL
Specific charity’s primary altruistic man appearing with organisation (14) (C)harity + nagram of ALTRUISTIC MAN
11 SPECIALS
Discount items are not included in a sales price strangely (8) Anagram of A SALES PRICE minus ARE
12 MANNER
Approach outspoken noble’s property (6) Sounds like MANOR
14 TRICE
Haul last of fruit and grain (5) frui(T) + RICE
15 GALLSTONE
Everyone dividing up government revenue with one form of calculus (9) ALL inside GST + ONE
17 THEORISES
The Opposition leader stands up and speculates (9) THE + (O)pposition + RISES
19 FATED
Profitable education is sure to happen (5) FAT + ED
21 NOTION
One consumed by totally unacceptable concept (6) I inside (NOT ON)
23 MIGRAINE
A rig reassembled in quarry – what a pain! (8) Anagram of A RIG inside MINE
25 UNPREMEDITATED
Impulsive Trump denied wrongly imprisoning Fed (14) Anagram of TRUMP DENIED outside ATE
26 EXCISES
They’re broken up about introduction of Christmas Island taxes (7) EXES outside [(C)hristmas + IS]
27 DAMASK
Reversible fabric’s finished finally and stitched to a cloak (6) finishe(D) + A + MASK
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
2 PRICE HIKE
Fish stuffed with rice connected with high increase in tariff (5,4) PIKE outside (RICE + H)
3 INCLINE
Lean mince’s contents shown on report? (7) m(INC)e + LINE
4 GEMOLOGIST
Stone expert’s way of doing journal is noted in contract (10) (MO + LOG + IS) inside GET
5 MATE
Couple had a meal after mass (4) ATE after M
6 SANDALS
Apply polish to boot, mostly, and shoes (7) SAND + (ALS)o
7 ASIAN
A sermon subject plugged by a person from Japan, for instance (5) (A + SIN) outside A
8 AT LARGE
Head of Telstra carried by a jumbo for free (2,5) (T)elstra inside (A + LARGE)
10 PSST
Stock in ship’s stores is over here (4) shiPS STores
13 CLASSIFIED
Comrade initially lied about stubborn one providing secret (10) [(C)omrade + LIED] outside (ASS + IF)
16 OBTAINERS
They get in wearing tailored boaters (9) In inside anagram of BOATERS
17 TONSURE
Head shaving is not brought up by firm (7) NOT reversed + SURE
18 RIOTERS
One taking refuge in resort organised rebels (7) I inside anagram of RESORT
19 FIREARM
Attention grabbed by unfaltering shooter (7) EAR inside FIRM
20 DYED
Coloured letters penned by lady editor (4) laDY EDitor
22 TOPIC
Theme to choose before the end (5) TO + (PIC)k
24 NEWS
Important information – it’s missed by drunken witness (4) Anagram of WITNESS minus ITS

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 6/8/2022, Clue Hints

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AFR Cryptic (30/7/2022) Worked Solution

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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.
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 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 answer is found by using the sound of a word or phrase. Sounds-like indicators point the way.
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.
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.
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.
All words can be validly written with a leading capital without changing their meaning. Hence, the capitalisation of a word may present a different picture than is intended.
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 word or phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
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.

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.

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.

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 (30/7/2022) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 THRUSH
Disease reduced the feeling of euphoria (6) TH(e) + RUSH
4 SCOTLAND
Country kid’s bed left painted in a dull reddish yellow colour (8) (COT + L) inside SAND
9 PASTE
Members of group, as tested, stick together (5) grouP AS TEsted
10 SEAWORTHY
Retied hawser to end of quay, ready to sail (9) Anagram of HAWSER TO + qua(Y)
11 ROOSTER
Outback features territory bird (7) ROOS + TER
12 MANDREL
Part of a lathe is aluminium and reliable to some extent (7) aluminiuM AND RELiable
13 NODE
Lead from drive plugged into one reconnected computer on a network (4) (D)rive inside anagram of ONE
14 DERRIERE
Make a mistake etching stamp on seat (8) ERR inside DIE + RE
17 DIESTOCK
Metalworker’s tool site replaced in harbourside area (8) Anagram of SITE inside DOCK
19 HURL
Launch hot location on the Web (4) H + URL
22 ACTS OUT
A scout organised time with mimes (4,3) Anagram of A SCOUT + T
24 LOCKING
Securing log across creek with current (7) LOG outside (CK + IN)
25 BANDICOOT
Dig group convened by one silly fellow (9) BAND + I + COOT
26 TAINT
Corrupt leader of triad is not on the street? (5) (T)riad + AINT
27 SORENESS
Energy-charged sensors reassessed evidence of injury? (8) E inside anagram of SENSORS
28 PERNOD
Respond badly spilling second drink (6) Anagram of RESPOND minus S
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 TAPERING
Record released by organisation is petering out (8) TAPE + RING
2 RESPONDED
Small waterhole choked by water grass came back (9) (S + POND) inside REED
3 SVELTE
Polished midsection of anvil fashioned in refined steel (6) an(V)il inside anagram of STEEL
5 CHARM BRACELET
Collection of trinkets couple kept at back of room in chalet (5,8) (BRACE after RM) inside CHALET
6 TROUNCE
Try shortened, lightweight hammer? (7) TR(y) + OUNCE
7 ALTER
Shift prisoners in neutral territory? (5) neutrAL TERritory
8 DAY-OLD
Parent eating most of yolk that’s relatively fresh (3-3) DAD outside (YOL)k
10 SURREPTITIOUS
Secret court deleted from assorted tourist pictures (13) Anagram of TOURIST PICTURES minus CT
15 ERUDITION
Issue involving Rugby Union scholarship (9) RU inside EDITION
16 SLIGHTED
Put down saw broken by end of nail (8) SIGHTED outside nai(L)
18 EMOTION
Number one book raised strong feeling (7) (NO + I + TOME) reversed
20 RABBIS
Religious leaders reformed 75% of Brisbane (6) Anagram of (BRISBA)ne
21 SCATHE
Severely criticise female holding kitty (6) SHE outside CAT
23 TENOR
Resolved senator not supporting South Australia’s direction (5) Anagram of SENATOR minus SA

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 30/7/2022, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (23/7/2022) Worked Solution

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A word or series of words that signify the loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

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 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.

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 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.

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 butting together parts defined in the wordplay. There may be some positional indicators that change the order of these parts.
A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 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 question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 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) 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) 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.

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.
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.
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 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 (23/7/2022) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 GASWORKS
Supplier of fuel gauges originally asks about line switched around (8) [(G)auges + ASKS] outside (ROW reversed)
5 TRAGIC
Catastrophic temperature and smoke returned (6) T + (CIGAR reversed)
10 AILMENT
Resistance is futile in treatment of terminal disease (7) Anagram of TERMINAL minus R
11 OBVIATE
Counter is relocated above it (7) Anagram of ABOVE IT
12 EARTH
Some corn is extracted from this ground (5) EAR + (THIS minus IS)
13 EXTENSION
Phone number withdrawn beginning with 16? That’s not right! (9) Anagram of SIXTEEN + NO reversed
14 BUSINESS TRIP
Vehicles accommodating popular band’s work travel (8,4) BUSES outside IN + STRIP
18 PLACE SETTING
Networks checked by close contact – it’s consuming stuff (5,7) LACES inside PETTING
21 ASSIDUOUS
Hard-working American tailing fool and one couple (9) US after (ASS + I + DUO)
23 SNAKE
Reptile’s tail of skin preserved in alcohol (5) ski(N) inside SAKE
24 KNOWING
Astute leader seen around at the moment (7) KING outside NOW
25 AROUSED
Excited baron, out of bounds, took drugs? (7) b)ARO(n + USED
26 TIERED
Flagging laid around back of house in rows (6) TIRED outside hous(E)
27 ADDENDUM
Commercial study to drop unfinished supplement (8) AD + DEN + DUM(p)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 GRAVEL
Rock fragments left behind burial site (6) L after GRAVE
2 SALARY
Mention accepting 60% of large payment for work (6) SAY outside (LAR)ge
3 OPEN HOUSE
Phone troubled owner primarily to go through real estate inspection (4,5) Anagram of PHONE + (O)wner + USE
4 KATHERINE GORGE
Greek region that greatly transformed NT tourist destination (9,5) Anagram of (GREEK REGION THA)t
6 RAVEN
Crow is yellow except for head (5) (c)RAVEN
7 GLACIERS
Random glitches are missing the slow movers (8) Anagram of GLITCHES ARE minus THE
8 CLEAN-UPS
Ian Kiernan organised these containers taken around to tip (5-3) CUPS outside LEAN
9 ROTTNEST ISLAND
Spoil model sent around large and popular WA destination (8,6) ROT + [(SIT + SENT) reversed] + L + AND
15 SANDSTONE
Spain, oddly, doesn’t broadcast rock (9) (S)p(A)i(N) + anagram of DOESNT
16 UP-MARKET
University favourite acquiring spot that’s exclusive (2-6) (U + PET) outside MARK
17 CAPSTONE
One completing revision of pacts is coping (8) ONE after anagram of PACTS
19 PASSED
Old-fashioned diamonds must be approved (6) PASSE + D
20 SELDOM
Security concerns raised about Denmark’s leader rarely (6) MOLES reversed outside (D)enmark
22 DRIVE
Transport large amount of rubbish (5) (DRIVE)l

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AFR Cryptic, Saturday 23/7/2022, Clue Hints

Did you have trouble working out last week’s crossword? Check out the worked solution here:
AFR Cryptic (16/7/2022) Worked Solution

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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 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 question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

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 phrase that defines the answer. All cryptic clues usually have a minimum of one definition which will be located at the beginning or end of the clue.
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 a jumbling of letters except for the initial or final letter of the anagram fodder. An anagram indicator and truncation indicator will be present.
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 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 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.
A word or series of words that signify the position of wordplay elements in the answer.

Examples: before, after, leading, in the middle of, under (down only) etc.

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.
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AFR Cryptic (16/7/2022) Solution

Across Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DESCRIPTOR
Keyword part in record is regenerated (10) PT inside anagram of RECORD IS
6 MAID
Helper is composed during conversation (4) Sounds like MADE
10 ELOCUTE
Felon, not restricted by appealing, is to speak out publicly? (7) f)ELO(n + CUTE
11 DRIVELS
Learner, involved in lessons, say, talks childishly? (7) L inside DRIVES
12 MATED
Lodgers in bedroom ate dinner and had sex (5) bedrooM ATE Dinner
13 ELASTOMER
Rubbery stuff left in seam tore roughly (9) L inside anagram of SEAM TORE
14 DEAD HEAT
Loved one mostly hated tailored tie (4,4) (DEA)r + anagram of HATED
15 TRIAGE
One involved in changing great hospital’s prioritising of treatment (6) I inside anagram of GREAT
18 POLICE
Patrol is cautious primarily in an attractive place (6) [(I)s + (C)autious] inside POLE
19 TIMOR SEA
One type of code used in middle of unstable area north of Australia (5,3) (I + MORSE) inside uns(TA)ble
22 CAMERAMEN
Film crew arrived right before the last word (9) CAME + R + AMEN
24 SAUCE
It’s taken from suitcase, undone, and used for dressing (5) Anagram of SUITCASE minus ITS
25 SO THERE
Cross bearing the expression of defiance (2,5) SORE outside THE
26 SHIFTED
Repositioned one foot covered in cast (7) (I + FT) inside SHED
27 PAST
Associates of Trump, as tweeted, should be finished? (4) trumP AS Tweeted
28 BANDLEADER
Ban power cable coated in poor red conductor (10) BAN + (LEAD inside anagram of RED)
 Down  Answers and Clues Explanations
1 DREAMED
Imagined the writer filled with dread? Just the opposite! (7) ME inside DREAD
2 SHORTFALL
Deficiency spoilt model of fort on display in small hall (9) Anagram of FORT inisde (S + HALL)
3 ROUND THE CORNER
Revised record on hunter is close at hand (5,3,6) Anagram of RECORD ON HUNTER
4 PLEBEIAN
Be embraced by dishevelled Nepali man in the street (8) BE inside anagram of NEPALI
5 OLD HAT
Antiquated, broken hand tool not holding on (3,3) Anagram of HAND TOOL minus ON
7 A-TEAM
Top performers took a course in the morning (1-4) ATE + AM
8 DESERVE
Stevedore not keeping to re-issued warrant (7) Anagram of STEVEDORE minus TO
9 WINTER SOLSTICE
Victory! Colt is manoeuvred in short event that’s seasonal (6,8) WIN + (anagram of COLT IS inisde TERSE)
16 ASSAULTED
A squadron’s leader saluted excitedly and attacked (9) A + (S)quadron + anagram of SALUTED
17 LIONISED
Honoured one is strangely sporting hat (8) Anagram of ONE IS inside LID
18 PACKS UP
Sack badly bitten by dog gives out (5,2) Anagram of SACK inside PUP
20 AMENDER
Editor, say, read about retaining people (7) Anagram of READ outside MEN
21 AMOEBA
Ecstasy found in possession of a gang and a low-life? (6) E inside (A MOB) + A
23 METIS
Person of mixed ancestry touched lives (5) MET + IS

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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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