The Stickler Weekly in Recovery

Due to minor surgery late last week, The Stickler Weekly, previous solution, and Insight will be delayed by one week. Recovery has been more difficult than expected, limiting my ability to work at a computer.

A friend, who recently had surgery, took me to the hospital and told me this story when I asked him about how to keep myself occupied while waiting for the process to happen:

“I took in a crossword (non-cryptic) and pen and was allowed to keep it even after all my clothes and belongings had been packed away and sealed. It went with me into the anaesthesia area where staff were keen to help me out with answering clues. When I woke up after surgery, the crossword was at the end of the bed all filled in”

I wonder how they would have gone with The Stickler Weekly?

Best and thanks

The Stickler

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20 Responses to The Stickler Weekly in Recovery

  1. Michael Kaiser says:

    Sorry to hear it. Get well soon.

  2. Richard Sternes says:

    Stickler REVISITED – No. 76 of March 25, 2015
    if anyone is interested.

    • Ian Batey says:

      Sorry to hear David, and hope you recover soon.
      (And no longer feel like ‘The Weaker Stickley’?)

    • Ian Batey says:

      Sounds good

    • Wendy Simpson says:

      I’ll be in that-might get it done over Easter!!! Been soooo busy lately.

    • Lloyd Seaton says:

      Why No 76?

      • Arthur Maynard says:

        A random choice. There are 76 trombones leading the big parade.
        The puzzle itself is quite challenging. 8d was last in for me and I had to use David’s hints.
        10a is a new word to me. Google confirmed.
        18a is a classic piece of sleight of hand.
        12a, 29a,3d, 11d, and 22d really appealed because of the challenges they presented.

        • Richard Sternes says:

          Nothing as poetic as that Arthur. Simply near as possible to Three years ago, but in fact can now go back Four years, since I last resorted to this Last Resort. Agree – One Tough Nut & STILL missing 10a (in this – No. 76). Needed Clue Hints before 50%. Liked all your Picks too & thought overall Degree of Difficulty commensurate with David’s current offerings.

          • Arthur Maynard says:

            This was a new word for me. but google confirmed.
            The last three letters are obvious from the crosses, so the word play is at the end and the definition is at the beginning. Is it one word or is it two? You need the second word for the rest of the word play. We usually associate this word with eager horses.

            Sounds like I’ll drink to that.

  3. Arthur Maynard says:

    Minor surgery does not work well as a weight loss program, but a visit to the theatre is said to be uplifting. I identified with your story of the crossword in theatre. I take one to the doctor’s surgery, and often share a clue which took my fancy with my GP. I would prefer them to leave at least one clue unsolved, so I had something to worry about in recovery.

  4. Patrick Lewis says:

    Crossword setter unwell, needing time and second of rest inside.

    Get well soon, David.

  5. Wendy Simpson says:

    Hope you have a speedy recovery

  6. Maggie says:

    Get well soon David.

  7. Richard Sternes says:

    No! No! No! – All Wrong.
    Such times are meditation (Zoom Out of surroundings) Times.

    • Richard Sternes says:

      Same goes for doctor’s waiting rooms & inevitable delays.
      Why can’t people book long consults if they expect such will be required,
      & wait outside for as long as possible. …These places are full if sick people!!!

      • Richard Sternes says:

        & don’t get me started on this never-ending National nervous breakdown over cricket.
        REALLY missing my weekly Stickler diversion!!!

        • Arthur Maynard says:

          I should introduce you to U3A Toowoomba where I believe they solve sticklers. MEmbership costs $50 and there is an attendance fee each week. It would nearly be cheaper to drive to Warwick every Wednesday and share coffee with our cryptic solvers.

  8. Lyn Socha says:

    Get well soon David. We all need our Stickler fix.