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The Stickler Weekly 171

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The Stickler Weekly 170 Solution

It seems 15-down caused a few of you some issues. It’s no wonder, really, as the last thing you would expect is a complete reversal clue with a 15-letter answer. In all the time that I’ve written cryptics, I’ve never … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 170

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The Stickler Weekly 169 Solution

The Guardian in the UK has a reputation for publishing a good cryptic crossword. It was the crossword my teacher used back in the 1970s to teach us how to solve. Times have changed since then, and a misguided belief … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 169

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The Stickler Weekly 168 Solution

Every now and then I receive encouragement from solvers in the form of contributions. There are about 6 people who give without my prompting which reinforces my decision not to use a subscription model and restrict access. On rare occasions … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 168

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The Stickler Weekly 167 Solution

I’d like to talk this week about choices made by setters when writing a clue. We’ve established before that setters can take the construction of a clue like 15-across in this puzzle: Upstanding people accepted by retired gentility (10). [FINE … Continue reading

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The Stickler Weekly 167

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The Stickler Weekly 166 Solution

One of the things my old neighbour asked me about was what he called “order of operation”, that is the sequence a solver takes when processing a wordplay. His main question related to whether a clue that flowed left to … Continue reading

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