I have been completing cryptic crosswords for the past 15-or-so years, and have taught crosswording to paying students at the Mosman Community College. I won the SMH Cryptic Crossword Competition for the grid published on 20-21 October 2018 (#21,691).
I am an acolyte of David Astle and genuinely believe that no cruciverbalist has done more to advance cruciverbalism than DA. The other five setters of crosswords in The SMH/Age range from broadly competent if too easy (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday) to dreadful (Tuesday and Thursday).
My goal is to compose cryptic crosswords in the witty, erudite, fun and creative style of DA. This means the full scope of wordplay tricks will be used, there will no obvious anagrams (or too many anagrams), indicators will not be repeated ad nauseum and deeply obscure words will be kept to a minimum.
If you would like some tips and tricks on how to solve cryptic crosswords, I recommend reading the Wikipedia page (it’s how I learnt)! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like me to explain an clue/answer (one of my own or one from the paper).
Fun and solvable, but never easy, is the goal. Free too, though you will have to forgive my poor formatting skills. You can download PA #1 (PDF) here…