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Independent – Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013

Posted by Admin on January 31st, 2013


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16 Responses to “Independent – Puzzle/Clue of the Month – January 2013”

  1. Bertandjoyce says:

    We know that there is some discussion out there about the relevance of this but if it gets us thinking back and remembering great crossword moments from the past month that’s no bad thing in our opinion. Otherwise, all that happens is that they end up in the recycling bin!


    Puzzle of the month Jan 10th, 8187, Anax,

    Clue of the month Jan 14th, 8190, Punk, 24/7, (Sorry I can’t find the actual clue – only the answer was included in the blog!)

  2. Sil van den Hoek says:

    Like others, I am a bit reluctant to participate in this.
    As Kathryn’s Dad made clear, one cannot compare apples with pears (or did he mention oranges, I don’t know anymore).

    But there was one puzzle that was too good to be true.
    Donk, 15 January 2013, Independent 8191

    On top of that, I am still gushing about Klingsor’s “I’ll be right back (4)”. A real classic.
    Klingsor, 24 January 2013, Independent 8199

  3. PeeDee says:

    I don’t think this is a bad idea, but could these posts be moved to somewhere like General Discussion, or at least combined into a single post?

    Half the front page is now taken up with stickies of one form or another, there is not much room for the blogs any more, which is what this site is about.

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Hi PeeDee

    It is unfortunate that the announcement for the inaugural tour coincided with the month end nomination posts. I went for separate posts for each paper to make life easier for myself when compiling my report for John Halpern.

    It is technically feasible to have a single sticky post on the home page containing links to the three separate ones but to avoid the latter appearing on the home page when first published I would need to give them a separate category and then bar this category from the home page.

    To do this I would need to modify part of the theme’s code or find a suitable plug-in. Both options would need extensive testing in the sandbox before I could introduce one on the live site. However, bear with me and I will see what I can do before the end of this month.

    If you want more blogs to appear on the home page, rather than just in the ‘Recent Posts’ list, then this is easily done. I reduced the number some months ago to improve page loading times when we were having serious problems with the response times of the previous hosting company’s server.

  5. Rorschach says:

    Donk for me:

  6. Rorschach says:

    Oh and his clue for CENTRE CIRCLE = Part of the field covered by Mido

  7. Rorschach says:

    The crossword is Donk, 15 January 2013, Independent 8191 and the clue is 14/22… Sorry for spamming – didn’t read the rules…

  8. allybazz says:

    Puzzle: Jan 10th, 8187, Anax,

    Clue: Jan 10th, 8187, Anax,19/6D/21. I think the actual clue was “maybe reason one has one damn poor life today”

  9. eimi says:

    #6 It’s a great clue, but I’ve spent several years trying to forget Mido

    I’m not sure who’s eligible to vote in these things, editors, fellow setters? Does anyone know?

  10. Paul B says:

    Would it not be a better idea to have the new crossword puzzle and clue ‘competition’ sections relegated to their own thread, as we see, say, for the off-topic discussion? Perhaps because I’ll always lose, I’m not really interested in this item, and I find currently I’m having to scroll down many fathoms, or extra fathoms, to get to what I consider to be the meat of 15^2, i.e. the discussion attached to the daily blogs – escpecially given the now much shorter length of page. Maybe there are others who aren’t much bothered too, who would support such a move.

    Cheers PB.

  11. Paul B says:

    PS what I mean, of course, is having a separate heading at the top of the home page, as in ‘general discussion’. Sorry.

  12. Paul B says:

    PS PS which is what PeeDee’s already said, I now see. Sorry sorry.

  13. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Eimi
    “I’m not sure who’s eligible to vote in these things, editors, fellow setters? Does anyone know?”

    You will need to ask John Halpern for the definitive answer but his initial email was along the lines of giving all visitors to 15², and the other crossword blogging sites, the opportunity to nominate their puzzle/clue of the month.

  14. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Paul B
    I understand your frustration and I hope you have seen my reply to PeeDee. Your suggestion of a page containing links to the appropriate posts is one option I had considered. The downside is that I would have to edit the page every month (not a major job, more of an inconvenience).

    Of greater concern is that this would not prevent the posts from appearing on the home page on the last day of the month and staying there until sufficient blogs had been posted for them to scroll off the page (which would be a week if I revert to the number of posts on the home page that we had before the hosting company server problem.

    As indicated above, I will see what can be done to improve the situation before the next call for nominations comes round.

  15. Paul B says:

    ‘Frustrated’ of Peckham writes, sorry for missing your reply to PeeDee, but it doesn’t really address the point, namely that silly stuff about best clues and best puzzles is obscuring the flow of information and comment that makes 15^2 such a valuable resource.

    What must be transparently obvious to you is that having a great number of ‘vote for this, vote for that’ threads is off-putting to people who might like to add to a thread about a particular puzzle, and so detrimental to the site’s popularity. All you have to do is open the home page to see how ridiculous the whole thing is right now.

    But, as I have said to you in the past, it’s your baby.

  16. PeeDee says:

    Thanks Gaufrid. Please let me know if I can help with testing or any other activities that you would find useful.