The Stickler Weekly 28

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13 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 28

  1. Robert Balic says:

    Well done. 3,4 and 21dn being the pick of the bunch.

  2. Greg Mansell says:

    I particularly liked 25ac and 9dn. For some reason I got seriously stuck on 14dn and 18dn. For 14dn I resorted to a crossword helper, which, in my house rules, is cheating. For 18dn I used a thesaurus, which for me is borderline cheating. Very tough, David.

    • Robert Balic says:

      The different tense used in the clue made 18dn more difficult than it should have been.

      My rule is a couple of attempts with just a dictionary (eg. 7dn) and then pull out a thesaurus and Wikipedia (only good for pub quarrels and crosswords).

  3. Greg Mansell says:

    It just occurred to me to ask: David, when you’re solving a crossword purely as a personal challenge, what are your rules regarding use of reference materials?

    • David Stickley says:

      I think the key is that solving crosswords IS a personal challenge. If you have the time, then I would recommend trying to nut things out, especially as I try to write clues with solvable wordplays. By all means check references to learn more about a clue’s components – you can’t be expected to know everything about a word or phrase – but if you resort to pattern matching software/websites, then I think you have given in.

  4. Steve Ball says:

    The word play for 18-dn seems to lead to RAN + CAT in (exci)TE(ment). What am I missing?

    Also, in 11-ac, isn’t a orchestral work not an (unindicated) _example_ of the answer? Or am I missing something here, too?

    My first resort is sometimes a thesaurus, but often I’ll pattern search to find words that fit, find one that resembles what I think is the definition, then work out how the wordplay works and then finally slap myself on the forehead.

    • David Stickley says:

      Hi Steve,

      “Handled” can equal RAN or RUN depending on the tense.

      Chambers doesn’t limit “musical” to the theatrical entertainment, however, looking through my other references shows Chambers is out on a limb here. Also, I considered “orchestral work” to be “work done by an orchestra”, not the technical musician’s definition. Most of the musicals I’ve seen have had a live orchestra. Too much licence?


      • Steve Ball says:

        It’s guess “it’s being run by …” equates with “it’s being handled by …”. I’d missed that.

        I’d missed the deception that “orchestral work” could be “work done by an orchestra” (rather than the usual sense of it being a piece of music for orchestra), but I don’t think you can say that the work done by an orchestra is “music”; it’s “making music” or performing music” isn’t it?

        • David Stickley says:

          Perhaps music isn’t a work, but a musical is. Whatever I did in this clue didn’t work properly, or they’d be no confusion.

          I’ll do better next time.


          • Steve Ball says:

            “Whatever I did in this clue didn’t work properly, or they’d be no confusion.”

            Where I’m involved, that doesn’t necessarily follow. 😉

      • Greg Mansell says:

        Am I missing something? What does “musical” have to do with this clue?

        • David Stickley says:

          Steve and Greg: For some reason I had it in my head that the answer was musical (too many things bouncing around inside my skull at the moment), and set about defending it. I’m somewhat relieved to find the answer is music, which makes more sense to me.
          I hope that clears up the confusion.

          The STICKLER

  5. Steve Ball says:

    Sorry, there was a typo introduced between editing from “is an orchestral work not …” to “isn’t an orchestral work …?” and not doing the job properly. :-[