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The Stickler Weekly 186 Solution

Many years ago during a regular crossword-related search of the internet, I came across an article written by a fellow from Bowral, NSW, called Dick Honor. The article interested me, and since he was a cryptic man who taught people … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 185 Solution

I recently helped a friend drive to Alice Springs to go on a spirit journey. He needed his 4WD, so we drove from Sydney for three days through Mildura and Port Augusta. My role was to get him there safely … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 184 Solution

I’ve been steadily losing crossword work since the GFC. Two big chunks were puzzle-book work for APC (now Bauer Media) and then, of course, all my News Ltd work which included The Stickler. Various online puzzles have come and gone, … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 183 Solution

I’m not a big reader, in fact, I rarely read novels, unlike my wife and friends who always have a book on the go. It hasn’t always been that way. As a youngster I lived in the school library, working … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 182 Solution

As a professional setter, nothing is more important to me in a clue than the definition. Let’s face it, a clue without a reasonable definition is no clue at all. Even if a wordplay is clunky or convoluted, having an … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 181 Solution

The &lit type of clue, where the wordplay is also the definition, is a thing of beauty even if it’s not, per se, a typical cryptic clue. There’s usually no indication that everything is doing double duty (apart from a … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 180 Solution

A few weeks ago, while constructing a grid of words for The Stickler Weekly, the phrase “one in a thousand” came up in the list as an option. Over the years my process of choosing words to clue has changed … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 179 Solution

A while back I mentioned the son of a former neighbour who contacted me asking for advice regarding setting cryptics. He is now in his late 20s and was looking to learn more about the art of setting after solving … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 178 Solution

English can be a frustrating language, what with its multiple ways of expressing the same thing, many meanings and word forms for the same “word”, and countless variations of spelling and pronounciations. Of course, it’s most of these things that … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 177 Solution

Recently a friend contacted me wishing to reconnect with cryptic crosswords. He’s in his 40s and has dabbled with cryptics for extensive periods during parts of his life, but a stint overseas took him away from those he used to … Continue reading

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