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Crossword Masterclasses – a message from Boatman – Update

Posted by Admin on 17th March 2013

Admin.

Boatman has sent an update.

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Arachne / Anarche

Posted by Gaufrid on 23rd February 2013

Gaufrid.

As some of you will know from her recent comments, Sarah (Arachne/Anarche) is getting married today. John Henderson (Enigmatist et al) has produced a puzzle in honour of the occasion which will be handed out to all the guests. If you would like to have a go at solving this puzzle it can be found here.

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Puzzle/Clue of the Month

Posted by Admin on 20th February 2013

Admin.

Due to the  limited response to the requests for nominations at the end of last month, John Halpern has decided that his time is better spent with other aspects of his Crossword Centenary activities. Consequently, no further nominations will be required.

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Crossword Masterclasses – a message from Boatman

Posted by Admin on 8th February 2013

Admin.

Update 1/7/14

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Inaugural ‘Create a Crossword with Paul’ tour Feb 4-10 2013

Posted by Admin on 30th January 2013

Admin.

Details can be found here.

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2013 Crossword Centenary

Posted by Admin on 2nd January 2013

Admin.

This year is the centenary of the crossword, the first one being published in the New York World on December 21st 1913. To mark this, John Halpern (aka Paul, Mudd, Dada, Punk) is organising a series of events around the country during the year, culminating in a Crossword Awards ceremony in December.

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Seasonal Felicitations

Posted by Gaufrid on 17th December 2012

Gaufrid.

It’s the festive season again (it doesn’t seem that long since the last one!) and time for me to offer my thanks to many people.

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New Server

Posted by Admin on 9th December 2012

Admin.

We have now moved to a new hosting company. If you have any problems with the site please report them to me at fifteensquared{at}btinternet{dot}com or the usual Admin address.

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A Reminder

Posted by Admin on 7th December 2012

Admin.

Due to the transfer to a new hosting company, please don’t add a comment later than 8pm on Sunday. There will then be some down time, after about 9pm, followed by a period of around four hours when you may be connected to the old server or the new one. If you want your comment to be preserved for posterity then please delay it until after, say, 10am Monday morning (all times GMT).

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Donations – a big THANK YOU!

Posted by Gaufrid on 7th December 2012

Gaufrid.

Many, many thanks to all you generous people out there for your donations. There are just too many of you for me to write to thank you individually.

When I first mentioned donations, my hope was that there would be enough offers to meet the hosting costs for the next twelve months. The initial response to my request was such that I quickly had to revise my target to two years, which had the added benefit of being able to take advantage of the discount available on the hosting company’s biennial tariff.

However, this still became an unrealistic target as offers of donations continued to come in, at a far greater rate than I had originally anticipated. The end result is that, if/when the final contributions arrive, there will be enough in the kitty to pay for a third year’s hosting! My apologies to those who wanted to donate more but, as you can see, the £5 I set was certainly enough.

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Mini Sloggers & Betters Meet – London – 13th December

Posted by Admin on 5th December 2012

Admin.

Details can be found here.

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Hosting Company Move – Update

Posted by Admin on 4th December 2012

Admin.

First of all, many thanks to all those who have offered to donate towards the hosting costs etc. I will let you know about the preferred method of payment in a day or two. It will probably be a case of my sending you a request via PayPal (you will not need a PayPal account in order to send your donation).

I have now heard that the transfer of the site to the new hosting company will start at around 9pm on Sunday (9th Dec.) so could I please ask that you stop adding any comments from 8pm onwards. The site will be closed just before the transfer commences but unfortunately I cannot give you a time when it will reopen since this depends on the performance of the current hosting company’s server which has been notoriously poor at times recently.

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Important Announcement

Posted by Admin on 3rd December 2012

Admin.

In view of the problems experienced recently (slow/no access), and the similar situation at the beginning of the year, I have signed up with a new hosting company today. I am aiming to have the site transferred to the new server on Sunday (9th Dec). At this stage I do not know how long this will take but there is bound to be some downtime, however I will try to ensure that this is kept to a minimum.

Getting a better level of service and support obviously comes at a price. Since its inception the annual hosting and domain name renewal costs for Fifteensquared have been met by Neil Wellard, the site’s founder and former administrator. I do not think it is reasonable to expect him to dip further into his pocket for the benefit of us, the site’s users, so I am therefore seeking donations towards the hosting costs.

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A change when adding comments – please read

Posted by Admin on 24th November 2012

Admin.

This site currently receives over 65,000 spam comments each month. The vast majority of these (>99.9%) are intercepted by the excellent Akismet spam filter and so never appear on posts but they are still an unwanted drain on server resources.

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Calling all S&Bs in the Birmingham area

Posted by jetdoc on 16th November 2012

jetdoc.

Enigmatist, Nimrod, Io, Elgar and I (so two of us) will be in Birmingham for a Steve Harley concert on the evening of Saturday 24 November, and we’ll be around all day (arriving Friday evening). If anyone living locally would like to meet up during the day to solve puzzles over a pint or two, that would be great.

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