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 SIDING Special section of track is sent back with minor damage (6) IS reversed + DING 4 AT A PINCH 21 held in China relocated with great difficulty? (2,1,5) TAP inside anagram of CHINA … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 DISPATCHED Rear-end of Ford is roughly fixed and sent off (10) for(D) + IS + PATCHED 6 ATOM Elementary item found in first volume of a dictionary maybe? (4) A to M 10 DEVIATE … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 HOSPITAL Centre of operations has pilot relocated (8) Anagram of HAS PILOT 5 SCAM A number of musicians came with fiddle (4) musicianS CAMe 8 FARRAGO A good way to ridicule opening piece of … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 CUP-TIE Court that is holding up important match (3-3) (CT + IE) outside UP 4 TAVERNER Old publican never wavered punching sailor (8) Anagram of NEVER inside TAR 8 CANAPE Wicker, say, forming the … 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
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 … Continue reading