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Hello – BIG September 2014

Hello!

Christine Lovatt

Synonym: “A word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language” – Oxford Dictionary

When is a synonym not a synonym? And does the synonym have a synonym of its own? Writing crossword clues for a living, we get to know quite a lot about synonyms – they become our friends. They help us out, although sometimes they are not as reliable as friends should be.

The word synonym comes from the Ancient Greek syn ‘with’ and onoma ‘name’.

In [more…]

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  • My Cup Of Tea

My Cup Of Tea

This means something one finds pleasing though it’s more often heard in the negative – but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Tea is, or most certainly was, the national beverage of Britain and it [more…]

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17 09, 2014

PUZZLE FUN FOR KIDS (Issue 88)

FILL-IN CONTEST
Solution: Green
Olympus Stylus Digital Camera
Fiona McNaughton, Riverton NZ.

4 RIO DVDs
Mathew Barton, Wee Waa NSW; Samuel Kerwin, Heathmont Vic; Lucas Family, Galston [more…]

16 09, 2014

HOLIDAY COLLECTION Winners (Issue 89)

COLLECTION CONTEST
1 x $500
Glenda Richardson, Eagleby Qld.

10 x $50
Cheryl Carter, Henley Beach South SA; Mary Connaughton, Woodlands WA; Barbara Dawes, Ayr Qld; Verity [more…]

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17 09, 2014

BIG Winners (Issue 262)

BIGCASH
£200
Yvonne Crymble, Carrickfergus.

4 x £50
June Buckle, Southampton; Enid Kelleher, Norwich; Pam Leighton, Romford; Sandy Rosten, Harrow.

THE DEMON
£100
Pamela Lewis, Winsford.

2 x £50
Gregory Horton, [more…]

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