About the SetterDavid Stickley has been writing crosswords professionally since 1995. His cryptic puzzle, The Stickler, reached number 4786 before being axed in July 2013 due to cutbacks. David has been published in the NYT and the UK's FT.
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Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 MEAT SAFE Beef supplier, perhaps, reduced preparation of meal and cooked feast (4,4) MEA(l) + anagram of FEAST 5 ICICLE Water that’s been frozen to a point (6) Cryptic Definition 10 SALON Discount event … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 BESPATTER Spa put in bigger shower (9) SPA inside BETTER 6 IPOD Encrypted term extracted from imported music player (4) IMPORTED minus anagram of TERM 10 SCULL Rowers finally select a rowing boat (5) … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 EXTRA LARGE Pretty big old friend, with skill, knocked back brewed lager (5,5) EX + (ART reversed) + anagram of LAGER 6 CALL Summon everyone hanging out behind clubs (4) ALL after C 10 … Continue reading
Across Answers and Clues Explanations 1 LET LOOSE Unlock shelter filled with an assortment of tools (3,5) LEE outside anagram of TOOLS 5 PHOBIA Fear ferret – one spotted in father’s possession (6) (HOB + I) inside PA 10 DELHI … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading