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8. With a pearly sheen (10)
9. Performs, e.g. in a play (4)
10. Lack of movement or progress (8)
11. Identifying tags (6)
12. Part of the blood (6)
14. Children’s sporting event (4-4)
15. Argument by similarity (7)
17. He takes a position illegally (7) (7)
20. Sideways kind of step (4-4)
22. Untamed, wild (6)
24. Girl’s name (6)
27. Cut out of wood or stone (4)
28. They get the worms (5,5)
1. Building with few internal walls (4-4)
2. Building items (6)
3. Italian wine (4)
4. Level of moisture (7)
5. Without sparing expense (2,3,5)
6. One who prattles on (8)
7. Type used for emphasis (6)
13. Make worse (10)
16. Writing ill of someone (8)
18. Term for clever people (3-5)
19. Cooking implements (7)
21. More preferred (6)
23. E.g. rat or fox (6)
26. Children’s playthings (4)
A very well regarded
was invited to dinner
at the home of one of
his clients following a
challenging but highly
Thinking he’d probably
end up talking shop at
some stage during the
evening he took along a
portfolio of prints to be
used in the project and
was pleased to bring
them out when the client’s
wife asked to see some
examples of what he had
been working on.
The woman looked at the
photos and commented,
“These are great! You
must have a really nice
The photographer bit his
lip and didn’t make any
comment but later, as he
was leaving he said, “That
was dinner was delicious.
“You must have some very
good pots and pans.”
SOLUTION IN HILLSTYLE
8. Enclose Pat roughly for light sheen
9. Canberra’s deeds? (4)
10. Immobility indeed! (8)
12. Slap mother badly – could draw
14. Sports event – it’s in the bag (4,4)
15. Any goal arranged for similar kind of
17. Pretender made Sue purr terribly (7)
20. Sidestep awfully black war (4-4)
24. Sounds like a bright girl (6)
27. When is it cut and chopped? (4)
1. Frank plot with no divisions (4-4)
2. Obstructs city buildings (6)
3. Sebastian holds some wine (4)
4. Degree of moisture Wes sent off (7)
5. Unlimited expense, no matter what
6. Could Barb jeer about the fast talker?
7. Type inclined to stress? (6)
13. Broken tag, ravaged and made
16. Being ill? Sadly writing untruths (8)
18. ‘Brains’ urge on leaders (3-5)
19. Cooking tools ordered by RS Weeks
21. I’d sooner have her art – new style
23. Mr Vein could be a rat! (6)
26. Playthings for some bright oysters
ARIES (March 21st – April 20th)
Money you have not been expecting will help to put your
Romance. This week you will need to listen to your intuition.
will appreciate your attention.
TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st)
You will be thinking quickly at the moment. You feel completely
on top of your game right now and, if anyone tries to pull a fast
one on you, they will be disappointed. Romance. You will be
surprised what a difference a few kind words make this week.
Your partner cares more for you than you realise.
GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st)
A stressful period will make you feel like having a rest from
company for the next few days. You are comfortable being by
yourself this week. Romance. Your partner will be there when
you need them. A kind gesture will show how much they care,
so remember to show your appreciation.
CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd)
A secret that concerns a close friend must not be treated
lightly. Your friend only told you the secret because he or she
knew that you could be trusted. Romance. Contact with the
Moon/Venus midpoint will give your relationship an important
boost. Go out for a romantic meal.
LEO (July 24th – August 23rd)
Your ability to excuse a friend’s recent action will help to bring
the situation from their point of view. Romance. A friend’s
insensitive remark may change your feelings towards this
person. Romance now seems unlikely to you.
VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd)
You may need to take matters into your own hands. Don’t
put yourself in a situation in which you are too dependent
on others. You have the strength to see something through.
Romance. Don’t get jealous if your partner wants to spend
time with friends. It doesn’t mean they think less of you.
LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd)
An innocent remark by someone at work could spark off a
major row. Don’t criticise this person unless you are sure
they can take it, for you have all the facts, and they don’t.
Romance. You will be cheered up by an exciting development
in your social life. See where it leads you.
SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd)
The Moon/Uranus midpoint moving through your sign may
attract you to an unusual new friend. This may lead you in a
new direction over the coming months. Romance. Don’t wait
for your partner to make all the decisions. You must take the
initiative. Plan something exciting for the weekend.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd – December 21st)
An extremely frank conversation with a friend will surprise you.
You will be amazed at how much has been going on behind
your back. Don’t take it badly – you need to pay more attention
to all that is going on around you. Romance. Your partner will
have a pleasant surprise in store for you.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 20th)
Something you said recently has impressed your colleagues,
and they are now waiting to hear what you have to say next.
Romance. Don’t let some minor practical concerns get in the
way of your personal life. Everything is set for an excellent
AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th)
be careful not to get things out of perspective. There will be
signs of improvement by the end of the week. Romance. The
Moon/Mars midpoint moving through your sign will help you
to get what you want this week.
PISCES (February 20th – March 20th)
A recent trip may have had more of an impact on you than
you realise, and you can’t help hankering for a long holiday.
Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be led astray by someone
you don’t know very well. You will be tempted, but you need to
stay true to your beliefs and not let anyone down.
Ride to survive
WALK ON THE
The brush bronzewing is found in dense scrub. It builds a nest low to the ground which makes it
vulnerable to predators. From the Friends of Cox Scrub Conservation Park, Ashbourne.
As the world’s elite cyclists
bring their circus to town for
the annual Tour Down Under,
It is sometimes hard to tell
the real from the fake. The
professional from the amateur.
They both dress in identical
companies that don’t exist in
Some amateurs, I am
distressed to report, even
dress in the same team’s
uniform and ride together.
This is akin to a group of mates
heading out for a casual kick
of the footy in the park on a
Sunday morning all dressed
up like Taylor Walker rather
than whatever smelly old t-shirt
and shorts they found in a
crumpled heap at the foot of
with designer sunglasses
and gloves and you begin to
build up a picture of the overly
enthusiastic amateur cyclist.
I had an interesting experience
with some members of the
cycling fraternity when driving
up the old Devil’s Elbow road
towards Crafers a couple of
hours after the Tour Down
Under started in Stirling last
There were cyclists streaming
down the hill which, I must
admit, did look like a lot of fun.
I know racing along the road
at 80km/h or more without
pedalling is exhilarating.
I’ve done it hundreds of time
before ... on a motorbike.
But the glorious thing about a
motorbike is that you can do
the same going up the hill as
And if a motorbike riders
stops for a coffee and a
piece of cake, they can walk
into the shop like a human
and not be forced by their
ridiculous cycling shoes to
scuttle about like some sort of
demented crab crossed with
an advertising hoarding.
But last week these downhill
cycling junkies threw the road
rule book out the window as
I encountered packs of riders
racing down the wrong side
of the divided Devil’s Elbow
thoroughfare. It was as if they
had a death wish.
I struck two groups and it was
only by good fortune there
wasn’t a head-on collision.
I gave the last group some
helpful advice about staying
alive but they didn’t seem to
– Ian Osterman
Photo: Clive Furler
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