Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its sixth birthday today!
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Is it really six years since, in a moment of weakness, I set up this blog, with the first post published on the following day? The average number of pageviews each day now exceeds 16,000 – can any other crossword-related blog come close to matching that?
During the last twelve months all the puzzles which have been set specifically for this site have been transferred to a new home at Crypticcrosswords.net, but the biggest success has been the introduction, in April, of Rookie Corner. I knew there were a number of budding setters out there – what I hadn’t realised was quite how many. In the past year there have been no less than sixteen setters, with at least two more waiting in the wings, who have been prepared to run the gauntlet of being torn apart by solvers from all over the world only to be tortured by Grand Inquisitor Prolixic.
Meanwhile the Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle (NTSPP) slot approaches the end of its fifth year and continues to offer puzzles which at least match, and often exceed, the quality of the regular back-page puzzles. A special mention is due for eXternal, an NTSPP graduate, who made his debut, as proXimal, on the Telegraph Toughie team.
I would like to thank once again the team of bloggers – I couldn’t do it on my own. In the last twelve months Scchua rode off into the sunset and we have welcomed to the team the 2 Kiwis, all the way from New Zealand, Toro and Kath, initially with Pommers as archy and mehitabel and subsequently solo.
A blog is no use at all if no-one looks at it, so many thanks to the thousands of you that drop in every day and make this such a fun place.
My biggest thank you, as always, goes to those who set the crosswords found in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph – without you we would have nothing to write about!
And my final thanks go to Phil McNeill and Daniella Gomés, whose dedication and hard work bring the Telegraph puzzles to all of us in both the newspaper and the online website.