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.
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Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 MUSICAL CHAIRS One involved in crucial smash spoilt children’s game (7,6) I inside anagram of CRUCIAL SMASH 9 STIFLED I ran off beyond street and stopped (7) (I + FLED) after ST 10 METHANE … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 SET ASIDE Reserve time in coastal area (3,5) T inside SEASIDE 5 POPPER Container used for juice and soft drink salesman recalled (6) POP + (REP reversed) 10 ABATE A cricketer close to milestone … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 PILE Large number supporting column (4) Double Definition 3 CASSETTE Strong point made in court using detective’s final recording (8) ASSET inside CT + detectiv(E) 8 SCHEMATA Maths ace revamped diagrammatic outlines (8) Anagram … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 CUT OFF Suspended copper associated with classy person (3,3) CU + TOFF 4 ELASTICS Graduate’s last class – it redesigned a children’s game (8) graduat(E) + anagram of CLASS IT 10 RERUN Old program … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading