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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
Lovatts Subscriber Sweepstake!
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
Jo Malone [more…]

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

The Sweepstake [more…]

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…]

Hello – February 2017

The words we use in our English language and in our crosswords have been imported from the far corners of the world – if you can have corners in a round globe – because products and ideas need names and it’s easier to use a foreign word and anglicise it than to come up [more…]

Hello – March 2017

An honorific is a title that conveys respect when used to address a person. The most common are Mr and Mrs. Master is now rarely used for a boy.
Miss, for a single woman, is gradually being replaced by Ms, which indicates a woman who is either married or not.
A new honorific is Mx, (pronounced [more…]

Subscriber Sweepstake 9 Winners

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

Waterford Mantle Clock – Mrs Kathleen Davies, Thorton- Cleveleys

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Gift Set – Mrs Isabella Ciantar, St Lucia

Russell Hobbs toaster & Kettle Set – Mr R W Digby, Yeovil

Royal Doulton Tapas Bowl Set – [more…]