Category Archives: Highlight

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

BBC CiNA 3D Calendar Puzzle (2015)

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The BBC CiNA (Children in Need Appeal) 3D Calendar Puzzle for 2015 is now available. Each day has a clue. Each month has a 3D grid to complete. Some of the best setters in the UK have given of their genius freely to provide us with enough clues to solve to keep us out of trouble for most of the year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our readers

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Big Dave and the team of bloggers would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

A special thank you to all the crossword setters, especially to those who have taken the time to leave comments on the blog, and to Phil McNeill and his team at Telegraph Puzzles.

If you are one of several thousand lurkers that visit the site every day – why not break cover and say hello!

Christmas and New Year Puzzles (2013/2014)

Christmas and New Year Puzzles

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Phil McNeill has kindly provided me with the puzzle publication and closing dates over the Christmas and New Year period, and I have produced a table which also includes the dates you can expect to see those puzzles reviewed here.

Crossword Centenary Convention

Sloggers, Betters and other Cruciverbalists’ Centenary Convention

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To commemorate the centenary of the crossword, we really should have a proper get-together for all the regulars, be they high-profile or lurkers. Everyone, from novices to occasional solvers to the all-correct Listener élite, is welcome.

Cryptic Crossword Solving Research (Update – Sep 2013)

Problem-solving ability is key to Cryptic Crossword Success

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Researchers:

Dr. Philip Fine and Dr. Kathryn Friedlander, University of Buckingham

RNIB 3D Crosswords Cup (2013)

RNIB 3D Crosswords Cup – Saturday 12th October

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We are holding a crossword event in Holborn, London in October along with an email competition alongside to raise funds for RNIB Pears Centre which provides a home and outstanding education for youngsters with visual impairment and other complex needs. The main event runs from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

Cryptic Crossword Solving Research

A Message from Dr Kathryn Friedlander and Dr Philip Fine

University of Buckingham

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A number of you may have seen some articles last week in the press concerning our crossword research and, in particular, the recorded crossword solving trials we conducted in Buckingham during 2011, which some of you kindly volunteered to assist us in. I’m afraid that (the press being what it is) our research has been rather mangled, and I’d like to set out what the real position is.

Attention all mobile and tablet users!

Attention all mobile and tablet users!

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At the time that I transferred this site to self-hosting just over a year ago, the mobile support available from WordPress was unsatisfactory, so I purchased a Plugin called WPtouch Pro. Now they wish to charge the same amount that I paid originally just to upgrade to the latest version. In the meantime, the WordPress support has been substantially improved. I intend to turn WPtouch Pro off for a trial period, and implement the support provided by WordPress. Please let me know, by leaving a comment on this post, whether it works or, if not, what problems you have encountered. Please don’t forget to add which device you are using and what operating system / version you have installed.

Four Today!

Big Dave’s Crossword Blog celebrates its fourth birthday today!

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It really doesn’t seem like four years since I set up this blog, with the first post published on the following day. Records continue to be broken and the average number of pageviews now exceeds 10,000.

Database Restore

Database Restore

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There have been problems on the server which hosts this site, and the SQL database has been restored to Friday morning. I can rebuild the posts for T 905 and DT 27067 from my own Word backups, and the two puzzles published yesterday. I’ll be checking with Gazza, Gnomethang and Crypticsue as to how easy it will be to restore their reviews. It will not be possible to recover comments.

Here is the full text of the email I received from the hosting company.