Puzzles for Saturday 8th of October

Puzzles for Saturday 8th of October

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A big thank you to Phil McNeill, the Telegraph’s Puzzles Editor, for kindly providing pdfs for today’s cryptic, quick and GK puzzles.

They can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Saturday Cryptic and Quick puzzles

DT 26678

GK puzzle

Giant GK 12387

Feel free to leave a comment on what you think of this facility.  Please don’t leave comments on this post about the puzzles themselves.



  1. Fallingstarr
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you for letting me know that the crossword was here ready to be printed. Very much appreciated.

  2. Silveroak
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Dave this is so great thank you. Are you going to be doing this until they fix the problem?

    • Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Currently this is a three-day trial, to see how it goes.

  3. Gari
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    many thanks Dave I can do the crossword at work today rather than at teatime. :D

    • Collywobbles
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Should you be doing the Xword at work?

  4. Mitzi Walls
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks Dave this is wonderful news and now we can sit down at breakfast time to try and solve it as we oldies love to do. Mitzi

  5. Roger
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Very welcome. I must say that, coming from an experienced IT background, I have to question the competence of their IT team in not sorting this out. I’m beginning to think that rather than simply rebuilding the server and so be back and running in a day or so, someone suggested ‘improving’ things and that said ‘improvements’ would ‘only take a week’…a recipe for disaster as we have found out. A calm well-planned migration to a new platform is not something to be rushed. And, as a commercial organisation, why did they not have any backup facilities anywhere? To provide Disaster Recovery for three servers is not that difficult.

    • Silveroak
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      I am not an IT person but I agree with you about why was there not a backup facility. Every major organization has one. I have been wondering if they had other things on this server which took priority and they devoted their resources to those first. Does the fact that there are now longer periods when we can’t get on mean that they are taking the site down and giving it more attention? I can dream right?

  6. Dickiedot
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Excellent facility Dave, thanks very much, now if you could negotiate a universal rebate with Mr McNeill that would be the icing on the cake. Did you see the pit props? What a game what a win!!

  7. carrie
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for providing this facility Phil and BD.

    Very welcome as for me it’s been an extremely frustrating week when it comes to being able to do the daily DT xword.

    I have to agee with Roger. I’m also from an IT background and if we had a technical support team who could not resolve this problem p.d.q. they they would have quickly been replaced by a team that could.

    Anyway moan over and off to sofa, lots of coffee and the xword. Ah Saturday :)

    thank you again

  8. Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks Phill. Strangely I got onto the site first time of asking!

  9. Mr Tub
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Huge thanks for this, please keep them coming!

  10. crypticsue
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I’ll say thank you in advance for tomorrow because it will save me fighting with the site or driving two miles there and back to spend £2 on a paper.

    • Collywobbles
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      £2 CS. It’s 5 Euros here. I can’t afford to buy it

  11. pommers
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Nice one Dave! My thanks to Phil as well but, like gnomey, I got in first time today – Sod’s law – but it’s the first time I’ve done that for about 2 weeks!

  12. Lea
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Phil and BD – didn’t need it today as I logged on very early and put it aside to do. Seems to me that there are a lot of IT people on this site – I too have an IT background and agree with Carrie – I would have replaced the team if they didn’t do the job properly (or I would have been replaced!!).

  13. pommers
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Spoke too soon! I may have got into the site first time but the puzzle won’t open so thanks for the pdf!

  14. Collywobbles
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    BD, have you done any hints today. If so, I can’t seem to find them

    • Collywobbles
      Posted October 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      Oh Oh, I’ve found them

  15. Don Pedro
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Excellent initiative. Well done BD and the team! I totally agree with Carrie. In over 30 years in the IT industry, I have never experienced such awful system management – except in Government, of course. And DT’s reputation as a leading communications organisation has suffered. Just tell us what is happening. We are not mushrooms!

    • Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Those not familiar with IT terminology may not know about mushroom projects!

      They are projects where everyone is kept in the dark and every now and then someone opens the door and throws a pile of shit over them.

      • pommers
        Posted October 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        This style of management is not restricted to the computer industry, I can assure you!

  16. Jackie
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much. Yesterday was soooo frustrating trying to get onto the site, this is bliss!

  17. Jackie
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, it’s nice to be here.

  18. Posted October 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks Big Dave, now I don’t have to swear at a white screen this morning :) xo ramoana

  19. spindrift
    Posted October 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Cracking idea! Thanks to BD & to Phil for coming up with it. Please retain this service until all of the gremlins (and there will be some) are ironed out of the system.