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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…]

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

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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…]

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Samsung Convection Microwave Oven – Mrs B M King, Wahroonga NSW

Herbies Spice Box – Mr Ray Tobin, Wandal QLD

iPod Nano – Mrs Sue Tuck, Wellington NZ

Edible Blooms Happy Bloom – Mr Ian McDonald, Mt Helen [more…]

MEGA! 48 – Gremlin

BIG Crossword, page 26

Clue at 48 down should be ‘Pressed (clothes)’ not ‘ironed’ for the answer IRONED.

Thanks to Nigel Pitt from Wiltshire for alerting us to this error

Hello – January 2017

When my children were young, one of their favourite authors was the novelist Roald Dahl, born in Wales of Norwegian parents. His popularity has only increased since then, and some of his stories have been turned into films and musicals.
You may have noticed some of our crossword clues use these titles, such as The [more…]

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Miss Dior Eau de parfum: Mrs J Robertson, Cheltenham

Collins English Dictionary: Mrs J Hancox, Birmingham

Jamie Oliver Blender: Miss Una Corner, Hull

Breville Sandwich Press: Mrs Roisin Keogh-Petrini, Vallentuna

The Sweepstake is our way of saying thank you for [more…]

Subscriber Sweepstake 8 Winners

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

StarView Telescope 150EQ: Del Short, Quirindi NSW

Portable DVD player: F Gubbins, Warradale, SA

Kenwood – Blend-X Classic White Blender: Fred Symons, Narangba QLD

DeLonghi – Icona Kettle: K McGrath, Manjimup WA

Russell Hobbs – Juiceman: [more…]