Category Archives: Announcements

Cryptic Crossword Research (Update – May 2016)

Cryptic Crossword Research
by Kathryn Friedlander and Philip Fine

Many of you kindly helped us in our research by completing a very detailed survey of personal background and solving habits, advertised via this board in 2010. We’ve just published some of the results from this large-scale survey in the Open Access international journal ‘Frontiers’, and a link is available here for anyone who is interested in downloading and reading the findings (click on the Download Article button for a pdf).… Read More

Summer Masterclass (June 2016)

Crossword Masterclass for Aspiring Setters and Advanced Solvers

Brighton, Saturday 25 June 2016

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A message from Guardian setter Boatman:

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Sloggers and Betters 13

Sloggers and Betters 13

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What? The 13th “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.  The George no longer take reservations, but start by looking in the Parliament bar (first door on the right) – fellow cruciverbalists are not hard to find.
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Posting of comments

Update: Commenting should be back to normal. Thanks to someone on the WordPress Support Forum who identified the culprit as an update that was applied this morning to the CloudFlare plugin. A new version of this plugin has corrected the problem.

There is a problem with email addresses being incorrectly flagged as invalid.  It is under investigation.  In the meantime I have suspended the check for a valid email address. … Read More

Performance Problems – an Update

As I’m sure you are all aware the site has been suffering from poor performance for a long time. Evohosting, the previous hosting company, recommended that I switch to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) provided by Daily Internet, their parent company. I decided instead to move the site to a VPS from SmartHosting over the weekend of 27th/28th February.… Read More


The subscription process has been suspended as it no longer works.  I am working on providing a suitable replacement and will let you know when it becomes available.… Read More

We have lift off!

The resources allocated to the site have been significantly increased and it is “so far so good”. Let’s hope it stays that way as it has been another very frustrating day.

Welcome to the new server.  There are still a few teething problems, but they should be ironed out over the next few days.

Because of the problems I have postponed this week’s Rookie puzzle until further notice.… Read More

Help to save the Indy Cryptic puzzles

Many of you will read of the Independent’s plans to produce an online, rather than print edition.  At the time of writing, it is not clear where this leaves their crossword.

Under Mike Hutchinson’s editorship, a great many of Big Dave’s NTSPP setters have gone on to get their first published break, and losing this valuable resource would most certainly limit the options for newer setters to break into the field.… Read More

Macclesfield S & B (2016)

Macclesfield Sloggers & Betters
Friday 18th / Saturday 19th March 2016

A message from Dean Mayer (Anax/Loroso/Elkamere):

“Why this didn’t occur to me before I have no idea, but Macclesfield has a perfect S&B venue in the Snow Goose.  It’s a cosy alpine themed café bar on 3 levels.  On Friday evening there will be musical entertainment in the form of LeLounge, a chilled out duo featuring Looby & Dave, friends from the covers band I used to be in.… Read More

Sloggers and Betters in Belfast?

Sloggers and Betters in Belfast?

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A message from Jetdoc:

“It turns out that I (and possibly one or more others of this cruciverbal parish) will be in Belfast over the weekend of 16–17 January. If any bloggers, setters and/or solvers are based in Northern Ireland, and would be interested in getting together during the day on Saturday 16th to solve a puzzle or two over a pint or two, please get in touch here.

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