Site Problems

A major server failure at the company that hosts this blog meant that access to the blog was unavailable for most of yesterday (Friday 26 June).  Although the site has been moved to a new server, access is still intermittent and anything that was posted on the blog yesterday was lost during the backup procedure.

The hosting company is working to resolve the problems.  Ours was not the only site to be affected.  We hope that normal service will be resumed as quickly as possible but the problems are outside our control.  Please be patient whilst things get back to normal.

Update

Access is available but can be painfully slow.

Prolixic on behalf of Big Dave and the blogging team.

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23 Comments

  1. Angel
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Huge sympathy and good luck wishes for an early and complete “fix”. Thanks again for such a special and joyful site. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gifhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

    • spindrift
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Totally agree – I was completely lost yesterday when (imho) we had one of the toughest toughies for a long time. without the usual tints & hips I made no headway whatsoever.

      • Prolixic
        Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

        There is no truth in the rumour that it was trying to understand Elgar’s Toughie that gave the server a nervous breakdownhttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

  2. Stuart McIvor
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear of your problems with server, I hope this excellent site recovers from them soon ! I,ve finished DT 27,839 and entered it today (correct) with no help !! My Dome is working A1 today. all the best Stu.

    • Deep Threat
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Stuart.

  3. Expat Chris
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    How very frustrating for Big Dave and the team. Hope the site is soon back at full strength. Meanwhile, I’ve been over to Alberich crosswords site and have a Prolixic and an Alchemi puzzle to keep me occupied on this rainy morning.

    • spindrift
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      for a change over here the sun is cracking the pavements!

  4. Deep Threat
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I’ve reposted the hints for DT 27838 which appeared briefly yesterday before the crash – but no time to do the pictures.

  5. the dodger
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    good to have you back, I was hoping to find the answer to 5dn of the fiendish Elgar toughie, any one get it?

    • Expat Chris
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Afraid not. Thttp://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gifhat was one of the 25 I couldn’t solve.

    • gazza
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      It’s a large jumper (look up ‘euro’). Reversal of ‘not written’ + ‘rules’ then O(n).

    • 2Kiwis
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Wallaroo. It surprised us too when we looked in BRB.

    • Deep Threat
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      WALLAROO – a large kangaroo also known as a euro. Reverse (about) ORAL LAW (rules not written), and add O(n) from the clue removing the N (spending new).

      • jean-luc cheval
        Posted June 27, 2015 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        That was my last in as well. Took ages to understand but it seemed to be the only possible answer.

  6. Ginny
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for all you are doing. I missed the site very much yesterday and clearly need the help and hints more than I had realised.

  7. Heno
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I hope things get back to normal soon. Just shows how much we rely on this brilliant site.

  8. Johnny99
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I’ve had a sleepless night thinking I’d inadvertently messed you up when I tried to post my first ever blog yesterday – so glad to hear that it’s “only” a hosting server issue!

    I first started trying to do the DT crossword in March, with little success. However I’ve persevered, and slowly improved, thanks to all the tips I’ve picked up over the last few months from your blogs. And yesterday I completed it all by myself. V proud to have finally popped my cherry! Thanks again,
    http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

    • Prolixic
      Posted June 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Welcome Johnny. Congratulations on your solo flight.

  9. andy
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi all, re Elgar can anyone put be out of my misery in being completely at a loss with 20d, I have?p?a?h, think it might be splash but have no idea why and going to kick myself i’m sure…

    • Posted June 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      It is: SPL (Scottish Premier League) + ASH (the colour of silver / silverware is).

      I have Dutch’s blog which I will be posting as soon as the site allows me.

      • andy
        Posted June 27, 2015 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

        Thank you

  10. Young Salopian
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Welcome back.

  11. John H
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Looking at the above comments, maybe I don’t wantcha back!

    Cheers,

    Elg