A Distributed Proofreaders Crossword

March 1, 2017

And now for something completely different: Hot off the Press is proud to present its very first crossword puzzle.


The crossword is based on a bit of entertaining juvenile fiction from the 1920s, Marjorie Dean: Marvelous Manager. In order to solve the puzzle, you’ll need to read the book. (Don’t worry, it’s not a heavy lift.)

There are a couple of ways you can do the puzzle. One is to solve it with the interactive version, where you simply click on a blank square, and the appropriate clue will pop up. Fill in the answer and click OK (or, if you’re inclined to peek — not that you would — click the Solve button). Clicking the Check Puzzle button at the bottom will give you the number of errors and incomplete words, in case you want to see how you’re doing. You can solve the interactive puzzle online or download the html file to solve it interactively offline.

The other way to do the puzzle, for those who prefer a good old-fashioned pencil (or, for the confident, pen), is to use the printable PDF version. And here’s the PDF answer key so you can check your solution. Or peek. Not that you would…

Happy Puzzling!

This crossword was created by FallenArchangel, a DP volunteer, using the free EclipseCrossword app.

DP Site Back Online

September 13, 2012

This is a followup of yesterday’s post regarding DP Site Slowness.

The process of repairing the past_tallies table was a long one, but it and all other mysql checks completed successfully. The post-recovery checklist was completed just before 11 p.m. server time (PDT) on Sept. 12 and we have returned to normal operations.

Thank you for your patience!

If you’re unfamiliar with Distributed Proofreaders (DP), there’s a link to the DP Front Page in the sidebar beside this post.

DP Site Slowness

September 12, 2012

Official Statement: The morning of Sept. 11 (PDT), Distributed Proofreaders had an incident with a client IP that had an unusually large number of web server connections open. That incident was resolved without issue.

As part of our response, the database server was stopped (a common preventative measure if there is a chance of data being siphoned off) and later restarted. However, during the normal startup checks of mysql, the db determined that repairs were needed on the past_tallies table, one of the largest on the system. This check is ongoing, must not be stopped, and we have no ETA as to its completion. The site will remain slow and/or unavailable as necessary until this process completes. This was unforeseeable and unfortunate, but is also unavoidable.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

If you’re unfamiliar with Distributed Proofreaders (DP), there’s a link to the DP Front Page in the sidebar beside this post.

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