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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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Slow loading times and outages

Posted by Admin on 13th November 2012

Admin.

You will have noticed recently that the site has become slow to load or is unavailable (FTTP500). When this occurred back in January the problem was due to a couple of other websites, hosted on the same server, which caused the server to slow down or stop. The hosting company has informed me that this time it is down to 15² using too much cpu time  (something which I would question) so it is being throttled.

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Thanks for the latest S&B in Derby

Posted by jetdoc on 11th November 2012

jetdoc.

Sorry I couldn’t be with you in Derby, everyone. I hear it was an excellent day.

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Last call for flight SBM04 to Derby

Posted by Eileen on 5th November 2012

Eileen.

Eileen has once again allowed me to hack into her Fifteensquared account to post final details of the Sloggers and Betters Midlands get-together this coming Saturday, November 10th.

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Anax’s 50th — photos

Posted by jetdoc on 23rd September 2012

jetdoc.

I have uploaded my photos of the occasion to Flickr:

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Sloggers and Betters Midlands, November 10th

Posted by Eileen on 12th September 2012

Eileen.

Eileen has kindly allowed me to use her Fifteensquared address to post here, to say that I am organising the next Sloggers and Betters Midlands get-together, which will be in Derby on Saturday November 10th.

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