Category Archives: Announcements

Spring Masterclass (May 2015) – Update

Spring Masterclass

Midlands, Saturday 9 May 2015

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:… Read More

Now We Are Six!

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its sixth birthday today!

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Is it really six years since, in a moment of weakness, I set up this blog, with the first post published on the following day? … Read More

Cruciverbalists’ Convention (Jan 2015)

Cruciverbalists’ Convention

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It’s time once again for a meeting in London, this time to celebrate the sixth birthday of the blog.  Come along and join us at The Bridge House, 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, London, W2 6NG on the 31st January- any time between 12noon and 7.00pm.… Read More

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers

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Big Dave and the team of bloggers would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A special thank you to all the crossword setters, especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments on the blog, and to Phil McNeill and his team at Telegraph Puzzles.… Read More

Cambridge S & B (2015) – Advance Notice

Cambridge S & B
now confirmed: 25 April 2015

A message from Sil van den Hoek:

We are delighted to announce that there will be a Sloggers & Betters meeting in Cambridge next spring. The date is Saturday 25 April 2015, the venue a nice pub: The Castle Inn.

So far, 25+ cruciverbalists showed their interest with a clear “yes!”. If you changed your mind or if you want to add your name to the list of potential attendees, please send an email to Phil: pashling@yahoo.com .… Read More

Spring Masterclass (May 2015)

Spring Masterclass

Midlands, Saturday 9 May 2015

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:… Read More

Christmas and New Year Puzzles (2014/2015)

Christmas and New Year Puzzles

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Puzzle publication and closing dates over the Christmas and New Year period.… Read More

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2015 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.… Read More

Could you have been a codebreaker at Bletchley Park?

The Daily Telegraph’s cryptic crossword on January 13 1942 played a crucial role in helping the Allies win the Second World War. If you can solve it in 12 minutes, you could have helped crack the Enigma code.

You can read all about it, and have a go at the puzzle yourself, here.… Read More

Sloggers & Betters (York 2014) – Update

York S&B October 24-25

An update from John Henderson:

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