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Hello – September 2017

Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the highest producers of sheep meat. Sheep farming goes back to around 10,000 BC, when wild mouflon were domesticated in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq). The Bible tells us that wealth was measured in flocks. The king of Israel taxed his subjects according to the [more…]

Hello – August 2017

Many a puzzled puzzler has written in to query a word we have used: “When I was at school, we were told we should never use this word…”, the voice of their English teacher still ringing in their ears. Well it seems that rules are made to be broken, and while [more…]

Hello – July 2017

When you read that a famous person has died, remember it may not be true: premature death reports are becoming more common. There is nothing new about this. In 1816, the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge heard his death mentioned in a hotel by a man reading out a newspaper report [more…]

Enigma Crossword Competition winner for June 2017

Congratulations to Jo Bailey, winner of last month’s Enigma online crossword competition. Jo will receive a $100 Prize Cheque, courtesy of Lovatts Crosswords & Puzzles.

Hello – June 2017

The Channel Tunnel, known as the Chunnel, is an undersea tunnel beneath the English Channel, linking England to France. It runs from Folkestone in Kent to Coquelles near Calais and has the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world. It stretches underground for 31 miles. The tunnelling started in [more…]

Hello – May 2017

You may have come across various art terms or architectural descriptions as clues in our crosswords, such as ‘Ornate art style’ for BAROQUE or ‘Medieval architectural style’ for GOTHIC. Yet it’s interesting to realise that these terms were all originally created as insults, by contemporaries who didn’t appreciate the new [more…]

Subscriber Sweepstake 10 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the latest winners in our
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These lucky subscribers have shared in over $1000 worth of prizes!

Apple Sport Watch – Robyn Hines, Hurtsbridge VIC
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker – Ms Lynette Irving, Bentleigh VIC
Sheridan Palais Towel Set – Mrs Nell Lantry, East Maitland NSW
DeLonghi Toaster – Mrs Sandra Waack, Warragul VIC
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Subscriber Sweepstake 10 Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the latest winners in our
Lovatts Subscriber Sweepstake!
These lucky subscribers have shared in £250 worth of prizes!

Royal Doulton 16-piece Dinner Set – Mrs Anne Knight, Dorset
Kenwood Food Processor – Mrs B Butt, Milton Keynes
Nikon Coolpix Camera – Mr T E Osborne, Warwick
Jo Malone Home Candle – Mrs Dawn Chrispin, Essex

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Hello – April 2017

The idea of a euphemism is to avoid calling a spade a spade. Why you would want to avoid mentioning a spade is unclear, as it’s not a particularly offensive or embarrassing object. In our crosswords, we might call a spade ‘garden digger’, or ‘playing card symbol’.

In Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance Of Being [more…]