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The Stickler Weekly 165 Solution

A couple of weeks back I have to admit a wry smile came across my face when I read a quick comment by Steve Ball: “1-ac had me stumped for ages (that “in”) as did 27-ac. Some slapping of the … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 164 Solution

I’m going to try and clear up a couple of things this week. There were some other things, and I’ll happily talk about those as part of this solution post. Just add a reply below. First, CUT = BURN from … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 163 Solution

A regular poster around these parts is Arthur Maynard, a cryptic crossword junkie who spends a lot of time trying to pass on his cryptic knowledge to others. He mentioned a short time ago about his attempt to solve a … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 162 Solution

We talked recently about indirect references and the need for them to be obvious to allow solvers a reasonable chance of working out the association BEFORE finding the solution. I mentioned a couple of different types of indirect references, but … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 161 Solution

Theme crosswords or crosswords with gimmicks are not easy to put together. The main issue is that incorporating themes words or words/clues that carry the gimmick often causes the inclusion of obscure words, words that a setter might not normally … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 160 Solution

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the unusual clue 0.9 (3) and how it worked. I also mentioned that it took some liberties but ultimately provided enough info for the solver as long as the clue was read … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 159 Solution

I’ve written a number of things in this spot about anagrams. First, I like them. Possibly seen as a setter’s lazy option, I’m convinced that a well-disguised anagram is one of the best forms of cryptic clue. It’s easy to … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 158 Solution

The Daily Telegraph once did an article about me and cryptics at my home at the time in Thornleigh, and asked if there was someone around who could pose as they took a photo of me explaining how cryptics worked. … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 157 Solution

The Stickler Weekly 156 contained the following clue: 3-down Prepared offering party served up? (6,4) [Anagram of OFFERING + DO reversed] Did you realise it was an &lit? There’s an odd expectation that develops when you know (or think) you’ve … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 156 Solution

I imagine the small number of regular crossword blogs around the world rely on each other to pick up enough stories that we can all have something to write about. This week’s piece was inspired by a clue highlighted in … Continue reading

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