About the SetterDavid Stickley has been writing crosswords professionally since 1995. His cryptic puzzle, The Stickler, reached number 4786 before being axed in July 2013 due to cutbacks. David has been published in the NYT and the UK's FT.
Monthly Archives: November 2013
Difficulty of a puzzle is determined by a multitude of factors. It starts before the setter even enters a word – with the grid. Regardless of what follows in terms of word selection and clue complexity, certain grids will always … Continue reading
The Stickler for this week is now available. Please select your preferred solving format. The solution to this puzzle will appear next week. Clue Hints for The Stickler Weekly 8 Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 8 Solution … Continue reading
A solver noticed that 22-down wasn’t as good as it could be. The clue is sound, but the structure leaves the solver wondering which part is “upped” and which is the definition. Is it a word for CUT turned up … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 SOFTEN UP Work on superior hanging around time after time (6,2) SUP outside OFTEN 5 ABUSED A coach with education is mistreated (6) A + BUS + ED 10 BLUNTED Large sort of nut … Continue reading