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New Bloggers Required

Posted by Admin on 9th June 2014

Admin.

Edit (10/6/14): the vacancies have now been filled.

New bloggers are required to cover the following puzzles:

Financial Times (Tuesday, either every week or as part of a rota for this day)
Guardian Quiptic (every fourth Monday)
Guardian Genius (once every six months)

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Derby S & B – crosswords

Posted by Sil van den Hoek on 24th May 2014

Sil van den Hoek.

At last Saturday’s S & B meeting in Derby’s Waterfall, four non-pro setters and one very-pro setter each made a contribution by bringing along a crossword. Unfortunately, John Henderson (this time disguised as Elgar) couldn’t make it in person as Arsenal was on the brink of something great but his puzzle was very much appreciated. It is blogged on Big Dave’s site: Elgar @ Derby. Meanwhile, we (Eileen and I) thought it might be a good idea to blog the puzzles of Windsurfer, Gervase, Skipjack and Dalibor at Fifteensquared. And so it happened, see the posts immediately below this one (or in the category: Sundry Puzzles). Explanations are based on the compilers’ own parsings. Any comments will be warmly welcomed.

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Photos from Derby S&B, 17 May

Posted by jetdoc on 22nd May 2014

jetdoc.

At last Saturday’s S&B meeting, Peter (Kathryn’s Dad) and Anax took some photos, which you can find here:

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The Town of Ramsgate, 14 May

Posted by jetdoc on 8th May 2014

jetdoc.

Following the Times setters’ lunch, there will, as has become usual, be a get-together at The Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, London E1W 2PN, from about 4:30 onwards.

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Last call for Midland Sloggers and Betters on 17th May

Posted by Admin on 7th May 2014

Admin.

Just over a week to go before our get-together in Derby on Saturday 17th May.  We have nearly 40 people coming, with around ten setters and a good number of new faces, who I’m looking forward to meeting.  There is room for more, but please let me know asap.

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MIDLANDS SLOGGERS & BETTERS 4 – 17/5/2014

Posted by Admin on 4th April 2014

Admin.

Just a bit of advance warning that Eileen and I have organised another Midlands Sloggers and Betters get-together for Saturday 17th May, starting at 1230, with lunch served around 1300.

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Residential Weekend Masterclass – Oxford, Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2014

Posted by Admin on 2nd February 2014

Admin.

Boatman is trying to gauge the level of interest in a new idea of his (see below). If you might be interested, please contact him via his website (link below).

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Araucaria’s memorial service

Posted by jetdoc on 1st January 2014

jetdoc.

The memorial service for Araucaria will be held at Somersham church this Saturday, 4 January, at 2:30 pm. Some people are planning to assemble for lunch first in the nearby Rose & Crown pub.

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Photos from the Crossword Centenary party

Posted by jetdoc on 30th December 2013

jetdoc.

I have uploaded photos of the event here:
Crossword Centenary party

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Vale 2013 — Salve 2014

Posted by Gaufrid on 29th December 2013

Gaufrid.

As we come to the end of another year it is again time for me to offer my thanks to the many people who have contributed to this site and/or provided its raison d’être .

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Araucaria tributes

Posted by jetdoc on 5th December 2013

jetdoc.

Today we attended what was, according to his own wishes, a quiet, low-key burial service for John Graham. A memorial service, for a wider congregation, will take place on Saturday 4th January in Somersham.

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Photos, including ones of Araucaria

Posted by jetdoc on 3rd December 2013

jetdoc.

I have recently uploaded some new sets of photos to my Flickr site. There are several sets there covering crossword-related events over the past few years — including Sloggers & Betters, and Enigmatist’s (also Nimrod’s, Elgar’s and Io’s) recent birthday weekend.

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CloudFlare CAPTCHA – Updated

Posted by Admin on 3rd December 2013

Admin.

Update (15:50): I have now received a reply from CloudFlare to say that the problem has been rectified. I no longer get the Challenge page when I log-in or try to post a comment, but if anyone continues to do so please scroll down to the bottom of the Challenge page, make a note of the Ray ID and the IP address then email them to me at the usual admin address ( admin{at}fifteensquared{dot}net ).

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John Graham – RIP

Posted by Admin on 26th November 2013

Admin.

It is with much sadness that I post this announcement. I was told a short while ago that John Graham (aka Araucaria/Cinephile) died during the early hours of this morning. He was peaceful and among friends.

I’m sure our thoughts go out to those who knew him personally. His passing is a great loss to the crossword community but we will never forget the many happy hours spent solving his, at times, fiendish clues.

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Sloggers, betters and other cruciverbalists’ centenary convention

Posted by jetdoc on 20th November 2013

jetdoc.

To commemorate the centenary of the crossword, we really should have a proper get-together for all the regulars, be they high-profile or lurkers. Everyone, from novices to occasional solvers to the all-correct Listener élite, is welcome.

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