Here’s a crossword that started life back when The Stickler appeared in The Daily Telegraph. Generally I used to work with a full list of appropriate words, including words I had already clued and those that I hadn’t. Due to the number of words already clued, most Sticklers contained a good mix of “old” and “new” words. It got harder and harder to create crosswords with predominately new words as there weren’t that many available and favouring them in the grid build was a lengthy process and often caused filling problems. However, when I had the time, I used to put together a grid of many “new” words just for fun and to give myself an extra cluing challenge as such a grid would always throw up some unusual words and terms. You may well remember striking the odd Stickler that seemed different or maybe a tad harder than usual – it was probably one of those “special” puzzles. Anyway, I had assembled the grid for this puzzle but The Stickler was axed before I could write the clues, so I dropped it. News Corp refused to pay for the puzzles I’d already done (over 6 weeks worth), so there was nothing in this puzzle for me especially as I knew it could be a tough one to complete. Two and a half years on and it’s done. I found it as I was cleaning up my files, and indeed it was a struggle to get it right.
It does have some unusual words in it and some tough clues, and probably more Oz content than normal due to when the grid was constructed. I’ve added clue help, but just ask if more is needed.
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