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Gaufrid, I have been doing the crosswords on my laptop over Christmas and somehow it has latched onto ‘Robii’ instead of ‘Robi.’ I will try to ensure that my blogging comments return to Robi in future!
You seem to exclude the Guardian Saturday prize crossword. I can understand why you would refrain from blogging about it before the closing date, but would it be possible to post after that date? I rarely finish it, and would be very interested to see what greater minds than mine have made of it
Could you check my comment (40) for Puck 25210, where there seemed to be a lot of confusion over two clues in the blog, but to us Australians (comments 39,40) who get the printed versions of the puzzles in the local paper two weeks later than the UK, they seem to be quite straightforward. It almost seems that the two clues in the on-line version may have been different to ours.
Here’s another one today! And I have never seen them before in our local Canberra paper.
Our clue for 25a in Gordius 25211 is “Wallowing in the sun?”
I can see the on-line version is probably a better “clue” which was why it was changed, but it makes making sense of the comments a bit hard! At least I know now how to find the on-line version to check. Thank you for letting us Aussies know what is happening.
I find it annoying that occasionally when I have entered a comment but failed to notice that the Name and Mail have been blanked out, that the whole comment is lost when the error message is displayed.
Surely it is possible just to re-display the screen and leave the comment intact. If the comment is a long one, then I often haven’t the time to retype it and so it is lost forever.
Any changes that can be made would be much appreciated.
Unfortunately this is a feature of the WordPress software that 15² uses and I am unable to change it.
My advice would be to select all and copy (either via right-clicking the mouse or Ctrl+a Ctrl+c) prior to hitting submit, particularly for a long comment. That way, if something goes wrong, you will be able to paste (Ctrl+v) the text into a new comment box.
I expect this point has been raised before, but, as the problem continues to arise from time to time, I thought it worth a mention. It concerns superfluous words in the headings which some bloggers give their entries, and which are visible when one enters the site in order to consult the blog for a different puzzle. From time to time such headings reveal something about the content (or theme) of the puzzle concerned, and this really does spoil one’s enjoyment if one hasn’t yet started on that puzzle. Could you perhaps introduce, and enforce, the rule that headings must not contain anything other than what is strictly needed to identify the puzzles?
Gaufrid: would you consider installing the free version of the WP Touch WordPress plugin? It doesn’t affect the appearance of the site for normal desktop browsers, but means that when viewed from an Android phone or iPhone the interface is much easier to navigate.
I’ve downloaded the plugin and installed it in my sandbox. I will check it out later today, or tomorrow, to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with other plugins and the theme template before adding it to the live site.
Unfortuately I have no means of checking that the plugin works correctly on iPhones etc so I will have to rely on you for feedback ragarding this aspect.
Apologies for the preamble to my today’s blog of last Saturday’s Guardian puzzle, if that prompted your reminder.
I would never include spoilers in my preamble to the blog of a weekday puzzle. Since the Brummie appeared a week ago, it didn’t occur to me that some people might not have done it – unlike the Indy prize puzzle, which is not available online until a week after publication. However, it’s much better to have one ‘rule’ for all – it certainly won’t happen again!
Also, thanks to Eileen, but rest assured that I didn’t have anyone in particular in mind when I posted the reminder. It’s the daily puzzles that concern me most as I don’t always have time to start them on the day of publication.
Yes, the clues would be copyright, but I doubt if there would be any problem, they are made available to all for free on their websites by the papers we blog here, so not sure why they would want to stop us and they might welcome the extra coverage too. Not that I can speak for them of course.
The current search facility is the only one available. My suggestion (using Google) has already been mentioned by mhl but I would add that if you know the date the puzzle was published, or the date of the blog for prize puzzles (usually one week later), you can access the blog quickly by simply clicking on the appropriate day on the calendar.
I would like to complain about Uncle Yap’s persistent spoilers. It’s always UY, no-one else does it. Like today’s Brummie heading “Dr Livingstone, I presume” which I note has now been removed. The other week he actually gave an answer to one of Paul’s clues (CASANOVA) on the front page but that was eventually removed too. Can’t you get him to understand that the purpose of the front page is to prevent the answers from being inadvertently seen !. Thanks.
Your complaint is noted. Before you added this comment I had already removed the offending text from the title and had emailed Uncle Yap to ask him, again, to avoid spoilers in the title or the first paragraph of his preamble.
My details (as above) seem to appear permanently for everyone to see, on this site and at the bottom of the crossword blog. I have tried to delete them, but they are still there. Can you possibly delete them permanently? I only sent in two comments last January.
Could the forum moderators please read the comment #35 in the discussion of Araucaria’s puzzle on 3 May. Is this consistent with the site policy in relation to ‘aggressive, insulting and inflammatory comments’?
mhl: Thank you for your concern and support. I very much enjoy the discussions on this forum which rarely fail to entertain and enlighten. Fortunately the type of abusive comment to which I have objected seems to be extremely unusual. Let’s hope that this continues to be the case!
Gaufrid – Is it possible to publicise the fact that John Graham (Araucaria) is going to be the guest on Desert Island Discs next Sunday 10th July @ 11.15 on Radio 4? I think many bloggers would be interested in hearing it – also a great tribute to him as well – my guess would be he’s the only crossword setter to have appeared on the programme
Hi was checking the setters list as I have recently started doing the FT in addition to the Guardian so was keen to see who was moonlighting. I seem to remember reading that cyclops (private eye) is Brummie in the Guardian. Are you able to confirm this?
Thanks for the suggestion. The list of setters on 15² only includes those who appear in the daily Guardian. There are several setters who are are only seen in the on-line Quiptic and Moley is one of them.
The aim of the ‘Setters’ page is to indicate which setters have alternative pseudonyms in papers covered by 15² and to provide a link to the more comprehensive information available at Michael Curl’s Crossword Who’s Who, which also inclues a list of Quiptic setters. See: