Category Archives: Announcements

Site Problems – 24th October 2016

Update 01:37 25th October 2016

I hope all of the problems are now resolved – if you find anything that is not working, please leave a comment here.


I have been having problems with the site for several hours.  Part of the problem seems to be connected with the theme I am using.  I have temporarily replaced the theme so there may be some features that no longer work properly. … Read More

Sloggers & Betters (York 2016)

Sloggers & Betters – York

28-29 October, 2016

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Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2016)

Cruciverbalist Convention (Oct 2016)
in conjunction with the Times Crossword Championship
22 October, 2016

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Hive Minds – 2nd series

The new series of Hive Minds starts today at 8:30 pm on BBC Four

Make sure you tune in to support the Cruciverbalists team.

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The Site should now be available. Please let me know, via a comment on this post, if you encounter any problems.


The upgrade to WordPress 4.6 failed and the site is currently unavailable.

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Petitjean – John Pidgeon

It is with great sadness that I learned today that John passed away yesterday.  According to the announcement in the Daily Telegraph “he did not have a battle with cancer; he did his best to get along with it”.

We often joked on here, in the words of Gnomethang, “I always consider that I need to put a ‘slightly mad’ hat on in order to solve a Petitjean crossword.” and he enjoyed this comment so much that he included it in his Wikipedia entry.

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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