26 January, 2011
Keeping with our Aussie theme, here’s a pugnacious crossword with a local twist. Built like a jigsaw, where the 28 answers need to be slotted into the pattern, the puzzle is the brain-child of Sydney compiler, David Stickley. Not the DS of Fairfax repute, but Mr Styx in London’s Financial Times, as well as our own Daily Tele’s turbine, where David has created more than 4000 Sticklers – six days a week.
By my fallible calculations, that runs close to 13 years of solid composing. A mighty effort, and argument enough for David to take what holidays he can grab – Australia Day included. Enjoy the challenge, and thanks to the Sticky one for letting me know about the puzzle."