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The Death of the Times Crossword Club

I have just been officially notified by email of the impending closure of the separate online Crossword Club. I imagine others will be receiving the same email. As of the end of this month, the separate Crossword Club will cease to exist and any existing subscribers will be transferred over to the full online newspaper for the remainder of their subscription. After their subscription ends (in my case September 30th) they will need to pay for a full subscription to the entire online paper for continued access.
I asked the question a few weeks ago of all the other bloggers whether they would be prepared to continue subscribing if this happened, and the response was a resounding no. I certainly will not be continuing after September. I suspect then that this will probably signal the death of this blog, as I don't imagine there will be enough contributors left to keep it going. This seems like an enormous shame. Of course, I'd love to be proved wrong and see the blog continue, probably with a new influx of bloggers who are prepared to pay the higher rate.
I will happily continue to blog until my subscription expires, but after that I will no longer be able to cover any of the Dailies, Sundays or Jumbos that I currently do.
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