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Updated 1st January 2014

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  1. WB Geddes
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    For a long time now all my submissions have been rejected with the message ‘check publication details’. What to do?

    • Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      I have no idea. In what way does the message appear?

  2. Martin
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I can’t be the only one who had the wrong clue for 5a in 27,004 – anyone know why some issues had wrong clue and some had right clue??

    • Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Martin

      As far as I am aware all printed editions contained the error but the online version was correct.

  3. mary
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Unable to finish bottom r/h corner today, another five with question marks by that , although I have the answers I don’t understand quite how! I’m sure it’s all pretty simple really but I have spent enough time on it for now, so I’ll be back later hopefully for some enlightenment :-)

    • mary
      Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      Perservated and finsihed but now I have another I just don’t understand, as I said back later to hopefully ‘see’ all

  4. Kensil
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to the TEAM. thank you for being our ‘safety net’ and getting us out of trouble from time to time!
    Happy New Year!

    • Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Kensil

  5. Charles Seager
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Just recently I have been unable to see the puzzle NTSPP on IE8 on Windows 7, it claims your website has a problem.

    Google Chrome is OK.

    Am I alone?

    Charles Seager

    • Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Charles

      IE8 is a cr*p browser!

  6. mary
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Morning Dave, any news on Pommers?

    • Posted January 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      Not since the last time pommette updated the main post – keep looking!

  7. grumpyoldgirl
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Dave, I absolutely love this blog/site. My grandfather introduced me to the Telegraph crossword as a nipper and I have enjoyed all things related to words and language ever since. However, I feel compelled to say that, although Ray T was quite risqué yesterday, I rather object to the addition of photos of enormous boobs as part of clue-solving. I like a light-hearted approach and a giggle, but that particular image is cheap, beneath you and verging on soft porn. Thank goodness you didn’t post a photo for 16d!!

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog grumpyoldgirl

  8. Roger
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I saw this article in the DT (as I’m sure did many other contributors of this site).

    My best wishes go out to the Rev Graham.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturenews/9797154/Crossword-setter-breaks-news-of-his-cancer-in-a-puzzle.html

    RG

    • gazza
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      Roger,
      Your comment needed moderation because you’ve changed your alias.
      I’m sure everyone on this site joins you in sending best wishes to Araucaria.

  9. mary
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Only just realised Dave I don’t get automatically emailed each time anyone makes a comment on my posts?

    • Posted January 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      You don’t have any posts!

      You need to subscribe to each post when you leave a comment. I can only find out who is subscribed to the main post notifications.

      • mary
        Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

        sorry, thought a post was when I put comments on a blog :oops:

  10. mary
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    For some reason I cannot open the comments and hints on todays puzzle, I can click on the link and just get the top part but no further anyone else having problems??

  11. Simon
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Hello Big Dave & co,

    Can anyone recommend a great website / tool for compiling one’s own cryptic crosswords, please?

  12. Aristotle
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Big Dave,
    For those who wish to complete the DT puzzles on an ipad there is a solution. The ‘puffin browser app’ solves the flash player problem by processing the flash content on its server before sending. It works!
    http://www.puffinbrowser.com/index.php

  13. John Williams
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Re:DT27091 HINTS,
    I notice that the hint to 23D contains a picture which, contrary to your policy of not posting solutions, is tagged with the answer – which coincides with the jpg filename!
    Is this a glitch.that has been overlooked or just a one-off slip?

    • Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      It’s deliberate John

      There are a handful of gimmes each week to help the newer solvers to get started. But that’s where it ends.

  14. Robbo
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Afternoon Dave,

    I cant access the hints for DT27121 today. I get the intro then that’s it. Is it me or is there a prob with the site today?

    Cheers

    Robbo

  15. Robbo
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    All fine now – thanks Dave

  16. raymondo
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    nearly did this on my own….managed a daily without help last week so getting a feel for these perhaps…will probably crash and burn now I have posted this

  17. malwel
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Still puzzled by 25a although reached answer how?

    • Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      Please leave any comments about a puzzle on the relevant post.

  18. spindrift
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Help! The on line cryptic for today shows the clues but no grid! Anybody got a pdf they could send me please? I can’t face Friday without the puzzle so I would be most grateful.
    many thanks
    Spindrift

    • Posted April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      It’s on its way.

      • spindrift
        Posted April 26, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

        Thanks Big Fella!

      • Posted April 26, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

        There seems to be a problem if you select the puzzle from the home page. Try using one of the other menus instead.

  19. Geoff marbella
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    On line DT weekly prize crossword -just logged in to enter and I got a completed crossword and a time of -1 second – anyone else got a problem?

    • gazza
      Posted April 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      They are aware of the problem. This is what I got when I reported the problem:
      Further to your enquiry I am writing to advise that the Crossword Editor is aware of the problem that the page seems to be linking to old prize puzzles. They have informed their technical team who are trying to fix this as soon as possible.
      Please accept our sincere apologies for this matter.

  20. Geoff marbella
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that just tried again and got the puzzle for the 4th June 2012 – ah well at least the “ordinary” puzzle works will try the prize later in the week. Hasta la vista Geoff marbella (actually Croydon today and the weather is better here!)

  21. MikeT
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Re. Monthly Prize Puzzle: I’m probably being thick, but can you please explain “Two lines in the grid describe, etc.” as I’m not sure what is required.

    • Posted May 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Look at the completed grid and then re-read the instructions.

      • MikeT
        Posted May 13, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

        Finally worked out what’s required – but only after submitting my entry with the wrong interpretation.

  22. Deborah
    Posted May 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    As a female crossword solver and great fan of your site, I am astonished at the amount of photographs of naked and semi naked women illustrating your pages. With some of the greatest minds available, why so cheap and tacky? You are worth so much more than this,

    • Posted May 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Deborah

      You can please some of the people all of the time but …

  23. Palookaville
    Posted June 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Afternoon folks. An article I suspect may be of interest. Be sure to check the comments – pedantry of the highest order.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/jun/06/sam-leith-hated-online-abbreviations

  24. John Williams
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    DT27211 12D
    Clue misleading. In the early stages I had rejected the correct answer as American English. What next? Pidgin English?

    • crypticsue
      Posted June 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      If you comment on the blog for the specific puzzle, it will more easily be read and replied to no matter how long it is since ‘publication’

  25. Christine Green
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, you’ve probably received loads of comments on this by now! DT 27,229 16d. The magazine article is FEATURE, without the ‘F’ + CR from ‘credit’. Keep up the good job, your hints do help me.

    • gazza
      Posted July 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      Hi Christine – welcome to the blog.

  26. JohnY
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Morning Dave, I’ve entered the telegraph web-site’s monthly/weekly prize cryptic (yesterday’s – number 248) and failed with 96%, and I suspect, one wrong answer. I don’t see any reviews for this crossword on your great site (too much fuss with the entry dates I suppose), which is a pity as I would need them most weeks.
    I think I know which clue I got wrong, and would love it if you could give me an explanation.

    6d End of game inventor reviewed (2-4)

    From the checking letters, a 6 letter bulb inventor fits quite nicely backwards. However when subsequently split 2-4 doesn’t make sense to me – perhaps it does to you?
    Maybe I have the wrong inventor, and I’ll have to move on.
    Thanks

    • crypticsue
      Posted July 23, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

      It is the inventor you think. Apparently the expression means the end of a rugby match as signalled by a referee’s whistle. I checked when I didn’t understand the correct solution last night!

      • JohnY
        Posted July 23, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

        Hello CS, and thanks for your reply. This means I have something else wrong.
        Just been back and looked. As usual a hidden typo, I spelled the lady with a G instead of a J.
        Must try harder!

  27. spindrift
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just received the august catalogue (No 235) from Postscript Books – [www.psbooks.co.uk] and they are have got the 12th edition “Chambers Dictionary” in HB for £14.99 + £2.00 P&P.

    Thought it worth a mention as it’s published price is £40

  28. mary
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I am eagerly waiting todays blog, as no matter how I look at 9a, I can’t quite make it work, the answer is obvious but the construction…?

  29. Peter Green
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi

    I have recently set up a site with some variety cryptic crosswords that I have compiled and I’d really welcome any feedback.

    The site is http://petescrypticcrosswords.ca/

    • Posted August 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Peter

      They’re not something I would be interested in, but others might.

  30. Jan
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Used to do the Telegraph Crosswords quite often, then for some years did not get the paper. With the event of a well-known supermarket offering a free daily paper with the shopping, have got back into the habit, which is good for the 75 year old brain-box, or what is left of it!

    I discovered your brilliant helpful website a couple of weeks ago, and now that some of those clues that niggle away can be seen in plainer English, I get there eventually!

    Love the website, thanks guys.

    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Jan

      Glad you like the site.

  31. JohnY
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Calling Cryptic Sue (as I know you do the site Monday prize puzzle).
    I have entered a correct solution to today’s (252), so know I have the correct battle at 1d but can’t see why.
    Can you help?

    • crypticsue
      Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      The outside letters are the scholar. Look up the word ‘factor’ in the dictionary.

      • JohnY
        Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        Thanks CS, I’d been staring at that for hours.
        All very obvious (when some kind soul points it out).

  32. John Dennaford
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks Big Dave. It’s comforting to know where to come just before the ‘pulling hair out’ stage of frustration. The effort of maintaining this site is very much appreciated.
    Kind regards, John

    • Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog John

      Comments like yours make it all worthwhile.

  33. Lynne P
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I am new to cryptic crosswords but was having some success with the one in my local paper – until the setter changed! Anyone help with the following:
    Royal vessel with engagement in view? C????????
    Not daunted, the girl got married ??A???
    letter of credit he takes ??A??
    in the straits of something ??S

    I can’t seem to get to grips with their ‘style’ of setting – but really don’t want to give up!
    Thanks

    • Posted October 6, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Lynne

    • gazza
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      1) court ship
      2) una wed
      3) theta (hidden word)

    • jezza
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      4) its (of something) hidden word perhaps?

  34. Lynne P
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Can see courtship now.
    Had unawed but it wasn’t recognised by my dictionary – is it definitely a word?
    Thought perhaps it could be its as a hidden word, but why ‘in the straits’?

    What about ‘she lost blood but is given strength’ ????L?D
    The third letter is the last in ‘letter of credit he takes T?A??
    (I had enabled but this makes the second answer T?A?A)

    Thanks for the help – am definitely not going to give up on my cryptic ‘education’ now I’ve found you……………….

    • gazza
      Posted October 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

      ‘In the straits of’ = in the confines of, i.e. hidden inside.
      The letter of credit clue is definitely theta (a Greek letter).

      Ena bled (she lost blood)

      When writing a clue it’s always best to give the clue exactly as it’s given (including the enumeration) and whether it’s an across or down clue (which can affect the wordplay).

  35. Lynne P
    Posted October 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Aah, need to remember ‘in the straits of’ can indicate a hidden clue.
    Noted the points about giving the clue exactly as it’s given.

    Roll on Thursday when the next paper is out.

    Thanks Gazza

  36. JohnY
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Once again, to Cryptic Sue regarding yesterdays site prize puzzle.

    Finished fairly easily and entered correct, but can’t see quite how 6d is arrived at.
    Can you help?
    (I also believed the 10 letter word could be two words or hyphenated but not one word).
    Thanks

    • Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      A full review will be available on Sunday. Sorry, but no discussion of the puzzle before then.

      • crypticsue
        Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        He’s not talkiing about the ST Virgilius but the clued-up puzzle. The first bit should be hyphenated but that’s all I am going to say.

        • JohnY
          Posted October 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

          I have already entered the puzzle correctly.
          It’s just that it is ages before the solution is published and you would be able to discuss the clue, and I’ll have forgotten it by then.
          I suppose looking at the clue again, there is only one word that can have a double meaning , and the rest of it is very weakly cryptic.
          Thanks anyway.

          • Posted October 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

            When you said “site prize puzzle” I thought you meant this site!

            • JohnY
              Posted October 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

              Sorry for the confusion BD.
              The Telegraph puzzle site does a monthly/weekly draw based on correct entry of a cryptic, a quick and a gen knowledge published each Monday.
              I have previously asked for clue explanations on here (after submission) and CS, who seems to do the puzzle as well, has kindly helped as far as she is allowed.
              It is a pity this cryptic doesn’t get reviewed here, but I suppose the monthly thing makes it impractical.

  37. Sam
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dave is everything ok? Today’s toughie hints aren’t uploaded!

    • Posted October 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Sam

      I’m just finishing them off – there was a bit of a technical problem on the blog that needed some urgent action, but that’s now fixed.

  38. Revd Cindy Kent
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Great cryptic crossword in DT today 2/11/13.
    Answers just fell in!
    Couldn’t sleep so downloaded it and submitted it by 05.30!
    First time in ages I haven’t needed any help from your excellent website.
    Thanks

    • gazza
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Revd Cindy. Now that you’ve introduced yourself I hope that you’ll be a regular commenter.

  39. john kendall
    Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Dave, Have followed your great web site for several years. Its wonderful!! Cannot comment on current crosswords as I work some 3 months behind!!! You may not be interested but did you know the following:-
    DT 27222, 5 July posted by Gazza. When trying to enter the crossword details, I always get ‘reported Phishing Website, Google Chrome has blocked 109.203.107.60. This site has been reported as a phishing website’ Using ‘advanced’ I override the message and used the answers! But I thought you might like to know. John

    • Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog John

      No, I didn’t know, but then I choose not to use Chrome, which is nowhere near as advanced as Firefox.

    • Posted November 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      It seems that the problem was the source of one of the illustrations. Try it now.

  40. john kendall
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Thanks Dave, Yes it works fine now. Never had this problem before. If I work really hard and do 5 crosswords a day I should be doing todays puzzles by the New Year!!! Then I can comment each day!! John

  41. wahoo
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    DT27328

    1*/2.5*

    What type of clue do you call 27ac?

    • Posted November 6, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog wahoo

      Please wait for the review before posting comments about specific puzzles.

      • Wahoo
        Posted November 13, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

        I became “live” yesterday – thanks to Gazza’s encouragement to newcomers. Note what you say, but it’s frustrating not being able to comment at this time of the night (00:26 here) but I’ll try to switch on the pc in the morning to comment on 27344.

  42. Richard Donovan
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Big Dave et al

    Can you please let me know how you and your associates get to know the names of the setters every day for the DT cryptic? I’ve never seen their names mentioned anywhere in the paper or online!

    Thanks!

    • gazza
      Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      The extent of our imperfect knowledge is described in the FAQ. See here.

  43. mary
    Posted November 21, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Hi Dave, despite upgrading my info on Telegraph site and a phone call I might not be able to access the puzzles until tomorrow…so if any nice person is willing to send me a copy of todays I will be eternally grateful http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_rose.gif

    • gazza
      Posted November 21, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      on its way.

      • mary
        Posted November 21, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        You are brilliant, thanks Gazza http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_wink.gif

  44. spindrift
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    24 hours later and they still haven’t found out which wires go where! I despair – if my IT provider offered this level of service then I would be looking to renegotiate the contract & seeking some compensation for loss of profit. Pathetic!

  45. mary
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I wonder if we will get a PDF today http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_scratch.gif

    • mary
      Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Personally I think the telegraph editor should provide one everyday until ‘normal’ service is resumed!!!!

    • spindrift
      Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      I hope so as I don’t relish the prospect of forking out whatever today’s paper costs just to read yesterday’s news warmed up.

      Come on Mr McNeill ~ do the decent thing for all us subscribers who are not getting the service that they have already paid you for!

      • mary
        Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

        http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/icon_mad.gifThey are quick enough to cancel a subscription if a card or some membership detail is not up to date…not so quick to provide the service we have paid for, we are the lucky ones if we can get it through this blog, many others aren’t!!! We should have had the pdf by now

  46. mary
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Monday without Rufus is like… strawberries without cream!!!!!

    • 2Kiwis
      Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

      There is a Rufus in today’s Guardian which we did. A good one too! And it is our strawberry season but we prefer them with ice-cream. Yummy! :)

      • mary
        Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        Thnks 2Kiwis, I have just received a copy of todays puzzle from Phil the puzzle editor :-)

  47. Robert Page
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    How do you convert it so as to fill in in – ta

    • mary
      Posted November 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Print it off Robert :-)

  48. mary
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Phil McNeil, Sue and Dave, I do not have to go without my Monday Fix of ‘Rufus’, so glad I didn’t, one of his easier ones I thought, but really enjoyable, favourite clues 17a and 19a, Oh so many good clues today IMHO, thanks to everyone who provided the puzzle, instead of strawberries without cream I had double cream http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  49. mary
    Posted November 29, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    For some reason I can’t scroll down to the comment box for todays puzzle, anyone else the same???

  50. spindrift
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Sunday, December 1 ~ SNAFU

  51. Prolixic
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    If anyone is having problems opening the cryptic crossword from the Telegraph Promotions page today (4 December), try changing the address in in you browser from “preview.telegraph.co.uk/….” To “I.telegraph.co.uk/….” and it should open.

  52. spindrift
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    08:53 and the link takes you to yesterday’s puzzles! What a bunch of muppets!

    • Libellule
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      You have mail…

      • spindrift
        Posted December 7, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

        Sir – you are a gent of the first water. Many thanks. Now if I can get today’s FT to update then my weekend will be a happy one even though I’ll probably miss the Virgilius tomorrow as I will be suffering from ale passion I expect.

        • anxiousmac
          Posted December 7, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

          If the same talent responsible for the stopgap solution is being brought to bear on the main site (today’s link not yet updated), we are doomed to a long wait.

  53. mary
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Having not done yesterdays crossword I blithely printed off this morning the crossword I thought was todays (Saturday) muttering all the while to myself while doing it that ‘this doesn’t feel like a Saturday crossword” !!!!! only realizing when putting the last one in at 15d that it was yesterdays!!!!! Todays has just come up but I don’t know if I’ve got the brainpower for another now, it will all be a bit of a rush!!!!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_whistle3.gif

  54. mary
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Well have actually managed to finish Saturdays, todays, two crosswords in one day, brain dead!!!! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-yawn.gif

  55. JohnY
    Posted December 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi BD, i have just tried to print off the December MPP, and the link seems to be pointing to number 17 rather than 19.

    • Posted December 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      Which link? They all seem OK to me.

      Try downloading the pdf from here

      • JohnY
        Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

        Thanks Dave, that supplied link to the pdf works fine, but still, if I go to the MPP via the tags at the top and hover over the Prize Puzzle No 19 – by Radler, the little pop-up says No 17, and that is what appears when I click on it. Seems strange if it’s just me.

        • Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

          I’ve found the link to which you were referring, and changed it. I thought you meant the link on the puzzle page but it’s the link to the puzzle page from the index.

  56. Steve
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    What is the matter with the Telegraph’s IT department? It’s several weeks now that their website is down, I finally got a 1 month rebate but it’s not really good enough, so I am going to claim the full subscription, I bet they outsource the IT work and haven’t paid up….

    • gazza
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Steve.

      Latest update from Telegraph Towers:

      “We are in the latter stages of fixing the Telegraph Puzzles website, and subject to this going well, we believe the site will be restored early next week.”

    • Himself
      Posted December 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      I feel that all should be offered a month’s extension for every week of failure and that we should not have to ask for it. It should be a matter of concern to senior management that such ineptitude is allowed.

      • Franco
        Posted December 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        We, non-subscribers, are having a lovely time! No need to buy the paper!

        Daily Telegraph crosswords for free!

        http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yahoo.gif

  57. spindrift
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Is the DT working to fix its site based on the theory that if you fill a room full of monkeys and give them a slack handful of typewriters then they will will complete the works of Shakespeare eventually…..I make it nearly 3 weeks since it went dark.

  58. Catnap
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I think it’s more than three weeks, Spindrift. I still have the Virgillius puzzle I marked as Sunday 24 November. And I well remember Toro’s super NTSPP of the Saturday. Have a look at all our comments for the weekend of 23-24 November! Did the DT site go down late the previous Friday evening? Big Dave will know! http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    • Posted December 17, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Quite right – it went down on the evening of Friday 22nd November.

      • spindrift
        Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Then it’s actually 4 weeks nigh enough. What is going on? The excuse on the link site is innocuous & out of date. At least they could show a bit of honesty & admit they don’t know how to fix it!

        • pommers
          Posted December 18, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

          Current message says it will be up and running in the early part of this week. Seems to me they’ve got half an hour left to fix it :lol:

          • Wahoo
            Posted December 19, 2013 at 1:18 am | Permalink

            What would the DT do if all their compilers went on strike until it was fixed?

  59. Nigel Finlay
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    MPP – 19
    Without giving too much away, a perfectly reasonable solution to 5 down “Station announcer’s company” could be *****! Crossing lights had me flummoxed for ages!

    • Posted December 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Nigel

      I prefer not to have any discussion until after the closing date. The knowledge that an answer is wrong can be helpful.

      • Nigel Finlay
        Posted December 20, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

        Many apologies – I was just dumfounded by the three or four days of fumbling in the dark.
        Regards
        Nigel

  60. spindrift
    Posted December 22, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Don’t make a noise! The muppets at the DT linksite are having a lie-in.

  61. mary
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Anyone managed to get todays puzzle yet?????

  62. spindrift
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I don’t mind a joke but bugger a pantomime. The link site has yet to update with today’s puzzles. This is becoming tedious and by their own admission they’ve left themselves 4 days to fix it. I’m not taking bets….