Puzzles for Friday 14th of October

Puzzles for Friday 14th of October

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Today’s puzzles have kindly been provided by Phil McNeill, the Telegraph’s Puzzles Editor.

They can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Friday Cryptic and Quick puzzles

DT 26683

Friday Toughie puzzle

Toughie 650

Friday Sudoku, Kakuro, Codewords and Mind Gym puzzles

Sudoku, Kakuro, Codewords and Mind Gym

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.

11 Comments

  1. Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Many thanks for this Big Dave, the PDF facility has been a great success for me personally, I particularly appreciate the early hour at which the puzzles are posted (I’m in Oz)!

    (Please remove the rest of this post if you feel it is not the appropriate place……)

    Perhaps this is a useful forum for Mr McNeill or someone from the DT to address the issue of refunds? At present many of us are coming cap in hand to ask for a refund from the DT. The DT is aware that their site is not functioning, hence the posting of PDFs to Big Dave.com. Would it not be more principled for the DT to contact all of the affected subscribers and volunteer a refund? Is this on the cards?

    • spindrift
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

      Those of us who have been more vociferous when e-mailing the DT have been successful in getting some form of rebate.

      However it seems to be on ad hoc basis with refunds ranging from 1 month in my case to others receiving 3 months. Hardly consistent but it’s what we’ve come to expect from this shower!

      • Fallingstarr
        Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        3 months for me…….2 months first complaint, 1 month second complaint. I’ll be applying for my fourth soon.

  2. carrie
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Many thanks again BD and Mr McNeill. The early availability and the speediness of being able to access and print the puzzles is also great for me.

    Carrie

  3. spindrift
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    In like Flynn this morning! Accessed first time of trying then printed off the cryptic, the quickie, the toughie & the codeword with no problems or delays. I wonder if it could be fixed as it is the 14th & just 7 days after the original completion date…

  4. Don Pedro
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Instant access this morning. “Letter hint” and “Submit” worked without delay. Wow! Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even learnt 2 new words – “Small Globe” in the Quick and “Shrub” in 25a of the Cryptic.

    • spindrift
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      That light at the end of the tunnel could meant that there’s an express train on its way…beware of false dawns

  5. AlisonS
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    It’s great to have a reliable way to get the crosswords, so many thanks to Phil & BD.

  6. freda
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I am not a subscriber to theTelegraph or to the puzzles section which is upsetting so many; I just buy it most days. However, in tribute to all the unhappy subscribers, today I am just going to print the puzzles from here and not buy the paper. That’ll learn them!

  7. Puzzler Dave
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Having just cancelled my subscription (confirmed when I do get access) I now feel a bit guilty printing out the puzzles from here for free. Is it likely to become a permanent feature? Maybe they should just put them free to everybody on the main Telegraph site rather than trying to fix a system they seem incapable of sorting out.

    • Posted October 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      The facility is to be provided until the problems are fixed.

      I checked on the number of times the back-page puzzle was played online for the last seven days and a similar period three months ago:

      Fri – Thu in October – 87/153/95/157/143/135/101

      Fri – Thu in July – 333/371/280/366/353/324/346