Sloggers and Betters 9

Sloggers and Betters 9

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What? The 9th annual “Sloggers and Betters” gathering for crossword setters and blog contributors and readers will take place in London, following on, as in previous years, from the annual lunch for Times setters.

When? 4:00pm onwards on Thursday 23rd May 2013.

London – meeting at the The Town of Ramsgate, Wapping

The Town of Ramsgate, 62 Wapping High Street, London, E1W 2PN

And later? Anyone still standing will be heading towards a nearby restaurant.
Who? Anyone who is interested.
Why? It is hoped that most of the Times setters and several of the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent and FT setters will put in an appearance.  There should also be a cross-section of bloggers and readers from this site, Times for the Times and Fifteensquared.  This is your chance to meet us!
How? You can just turn up on the day, but feel free to indicate your intentions by leaving a comment.
  If you’ve never been before, these are very friendly functions and you have the opportunity to meet other like-minded people.




  1. andy
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    tickets booked, hope to see many familiar faces and new faces too.

    • andy
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately I’m going to have to miss this now. Shame.

  2. gnomethang
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I can do this one!.

  3. Prolixic
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I hope to be there.

  4. Kath
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I would love to but mid week evenings are a bit tricky so not this time. I hope everyone who can get there enjoys it as much as usual.

  5. Vigo
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Pending approval from the babysitter I very much hope to join you if he gets home from work early enough!

  6. Giovanni
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I regret that I will not be attending this after-lunch meeting, but I will be celebrating 50 years in crosswords next Monday (20 May) at The Kings Arms, Broad Street., central Oxford at 7 pm. Anyone near Oxford (or further afield!) is welcome to pop in. A notice put up on this site by Peter Biddlecombe has self-destructed, it seems. Please let me know if you are likely to come (my email address is on the Crossword Centre website). Greetings to all.

    • tilsit
      Posted May 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      I suspect that it may have been removed given that derogatory remarks about the site and some of the personnel associated with the blog seem to be in the memory after last year’s event.

      Strikes me as being a bit hypocritical to use the said blog for publicity.

    • Posted May 13, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      By the way, it didn’t self-destruct. It was deleted as it was posted without prior consent. This followed a weekend at which several of my friends were greatly offended by remarks made by someone who should have known a lot better.

      I shall not be attending this event. [The Oxford event, that is – I hope to be in London.]

  7. Heno
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be there, looking forward to it.

  8. Regalize
    Posted May 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully I will be there. Sorry you won’t make it BD.

    • Posted May 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      I was referring to the Oxford event Liz!

  9. windsurfer23
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I am hoping to attend this one.

  10. Palookaville
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, other than the fact I appeared to have lost my Oyster card, appears to be no excuses to not turn up. I’ll be lurking, just as I do on this blog.


  11. Heno
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    Well, a great evening was had by all. It was hard to tell who was a Better and who was a Slogger :-) thanks to Big Dave for organising.

  12. Witchfinder
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    I had a great time (my first ever crossword-based social event!) so thank you all who made me feel so welcome.

    Our brainstorming to try and think of powerful/intellectually organised Matthews in history last night may have resulted in an overly scary username for this site, mind you…

    • Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Witchfinder

      It was great to meet you as well.

  13. gnomethang
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Sorry to have missed you all due to a bout of flu. Sounds like a good night was had by all having spoken to CS. I’m also missing a rather good gig that is scheduled for tonight.

    • Heno
      Posted May 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Hope that you recover soon.

  14. Heno
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Also thanks to Elgar for a themed puzzle which I’m still trying to finish.

  15. Boatman
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Well, that was fun! Many thanks to BD for the invite – it was a pleasure to be able to buy you a pint of the brown hoppy stuff, and I’ll look forward to being able to do the same again some time …

    • Posted May 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Boatman

      It was a pleassure meeting you.