The Stickler Weekly Status

The Stickler Weekly will take an indefinite break while I sort out some ongoing shoulder, back and neck issues that restrict my time working in front of a computer. These issues have been plaguing me on and off since my IT days in the 1990s, but have recently come to a head with episodes that come on me suddenly and stop me in my tracks. Various physios have tried their best to correct my bad posture that seems to be responsible for nerve damage, but nothing seems to have a lasting effect. I’ve been struggling on, but recent events have been a real cause for concern. Time to get serious.
In addition to medical remedies, I’m planning to set up a standing desk as a trial, the success of which may determine whether I ever write another crossword.

Thanks for your support in the past.

The Stickler

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18 Responses to The Stickler Weekly Status

  1. Arthur Maynard says:

    I can only wish you success in dealing with your health issue. Thank you for the pleasure we have had over several years. I hope it can continue, but personal health and well being are critical.

  2. Tony Santucci says:

    Good luck — first of all with your health issues and secondly with your standing desk. Your puzzle will be missed — I try to complete cryptics from all the English speaking countries — yours has always been one of my favorites.

  3. Greg Mansell says:

    I’ve been running a bit behind lately – so at least I’ve still got #270 to keep me going for a while.
    Best of luck with your musculoskeletal/nervous issues, David. As your experience shows, these types of problems can be a real bugger to sort out.

  4. Cathy says:


    So sorry to hear about your back and neck issues. All the very best with getting them sorted out. I have loved your puzzles. Thank you so much for the great pleasure you have given me. I hope you get back to them, as you obviously enjoy making them as much as we enjoy trying to solve them.

  5. Lyn Crowther says:

    Best wishes, David, I, too hope you can sort out your health problems. I have been an ardent fan of The Stickler for many years, and now am re-solving really old ones. Currently working on #79!
    Sincerely hoping that you recover and can continue to create your marvellous cryptics!

  6. Joy Whalley says:

    Best wishes David for a speedy recovery. We all know how painful and frustrating shoulder, back and neck issues can be.
    Thank you for providing my “Stickler fix” each Wednesday. I will certainly miss the challenge but look forward to your return once you are pain free.

  7. DarrenLH says:

    I’m a relative newcomer to this site and to The Stickler Weekly, but I have enjoyed the puzzles and have been challenged and engaged by them. Thanks for composing them, and also for offering worked solutions, which are such a great resource for those new to cryptic crosswords. I hope you are on the mend soon, and that you put your health first. Thank you, David!

  8. Patrick Lewis says:

    Good luck, David.

  9. Lloyd Seaton says:

    My Wednesdays will be much the poorer. Here’s wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Many thanks.

  10. Wendy Simpson says:

    I do hope you can get everything sorted out, David. Best wishes for the future, and hope you’ll be back soon-will miss your Stickler so much.
    God Bless.

  11. Charmaine says:

    David, Health and Wellbeing absolutely come first … so Get Well Soon.
    In the meantime :
    Gratitude for increase in value (12) (A double definition)
    A _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ N

    for my erstwhile midweek brain stretch.

  12. Ian Batey says:

    Hi David, I’ll miss printing out the fresh new Stickler each Wednesday morning and keeping it close at hand during the week. I hope you’re able to pick it up again someday. But most of all, as many have already expressed, I really hope you find some wisdom and make some progress with these persistent and painful health issues. Best regards and thanks.

  13. Steve Clarke says:

    Take care of yourself David, your weekly will be missed. Until we hear from you again – best wishes and thank you.

  14. Christine Hulley says:

    David, I wish you all the best with your health issues and would love to see you return to crosswords but your health is paramount. Good luck and look after yourself.

  15. Peter Lisberg says:

    we wish you all the best for the future and your health. May you return to our twisted brains before they turn to mush. Get better soon.

  16. Stuart Lynn says:

    Best wishes, but understand all of us are ill, myself excepted! (3,4)

    You are the best!

  17. Steve Klugman says:


    Please take care of yourself. We look forward to good news about your health and to the return of the Stickler.

    Successful actor finally has a turkey. [T + Hanks]

  18. Ross McCallum says:


    Wishing you great success for your recovery.
    I continue to enjoy your crosswords immensely and I sincerely hope to continue to do so.

    Kind Regards