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: June 2016
The Stickler Weekly is taking a short break, but in the meantime I thought I’d introduce you to a little Stickler pre-history. I got my first break through being published in the Australian Crossword Club’s magazine, CrOzworld, where novices still … Continue reading
It seems a natural thing in crossword circles to try and create something different for solvers to tackle, rather than have essentially the same kind of cryptic puzzle every time. Notable variations include the theme crossword (and its many forms), … 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 136 Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 136 Solution … Continue reading
A recent Stickler Weekly brought up an interesting question about a clue that could be considered ambiguous, with two answers valid according to wordplay and crossing letters in the grid. This was the clue in question: Shut down stall (4). … 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 135 Overseas Help for The Stickler Weekly 135 Solution … Continue reading
I’ve been writing cryptics for about 25 years. I’ve written for a staff magazine, CrOzworld, websites, puzzle magazines and, of course, newspapers. Along the way I’ve done crosswords for magazines that feature gardening, fishing, 4WDs and medicine. While all of … Continue reading