Telegraph Puzzles Update
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Apparently the server used by Telegraph Puzzles was struck by lightning. Last night Phil McNeill left a comment on the ST 2600 post, which I have copied here:
Hello all. Telegraph crossword editor here.
Many apologies to all Telegraph Puzzles website subscribers for the crash today, which is not yet resolved. It appears that it was due to an explosion after lightning struck the Amazon ‘cloud’ server in Ireland which hosts Telegraph Puzzles along with many other websites. Amazon’s latest announcement says:
Performance issues: Connectivity issues
07 August 2011 23:01
A quick update on what we know so far about the event. What we have is preliminary, but we want to share it with you. We understand at this point that a lightning strike hit a transformer from a utility provider to one of our Availability Zones in Dublin, sparking an explosion and fire. Normally, upon dropping the utility power provided by the transformer, electrical load would be seamlessly picked up by backup generators. The transient electric deviation caused by the explosion was large enough that it propagated to a portion of the phase control system that synchronizes the backup generator plant, disabling some of them. Power sources must be phase-synchronized before they can be brought online to load. Bringing these generators online required manual synchronization. We’ve now restored power to the Availability Zone.
I’m sorry to say we don’t know when TP will be back, but some other websites have been restored, so hopefully not too long.
Telegraph Puzzles Editor
As Libellule (and most of the rest of us) relies on the website for his copy of the puzzle, this morning’s review will be somewhat delayed.