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Help Desk by Chris Alderton from Alien Technologies

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Recipes - BBQ Accompaniments

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Sudoku Solution

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Amazing Graze - 50 Calorie Treats

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Travel - Elche

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How to Overcome Jealousy

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July’s Horoscopes

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HEINZ “HIDDEN VEG” CT U D EW O BEANS & PASTA I PR EV R With only 20% of children getting cajoling and threats of no more food before their recommended five portions of vegetables a day, the Heinz Hidden Veg range is designed to help mums smuggle more into their kids. Carrots, red peppers, parsnips and courgette have been blended into the tomato sauce to cater for Mums with young children who are looking for ways to give their children more vegetables. Having spent years fighting with my son to persuade him to eat more vegetables I was delighted to discover this range in one of the local shops and couldn’t wait to try them out, confident that Heinz would have kept to the original well loved taste. Unfortunately, my 9 year old instantly detected that there was a difference “They tasty funny!” he reported. Despite

bedtime he refused to eat any more than the first mouthful. It is possible that with a younger, more gullible child you would get away with the new range but for my family I’m afraid we will have to stick with the original products and find other ways of getting fruit and vegetables in to our over fussy little eater. See our Recipe section next month for our tried and tested “Hidden Veg” recipes. If you can’t wait until then go to www.amazon.co.uk where you can buy The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine or Annabel Karmel’s Fussy Eater’s Recipe Book. Whilst they are both very American they do have some excellent ideas

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Computer Help Desk - Protect Your Laptop customers was stolen and never recovered. In London laptop theft is up 15%. Having a laptop stolen is a nightmare if it is your own machine, but so much worse if you lose information that compromises your friends, co-workers, and clients. At Marks & Spencer’s, a laptop lost in 2007 contained sensitive data about 26,000 employees, including their national insurance numbers and other personal identifying information. That cost Marks & Spencer’s free credit checks for all employees and a promise to cover them for any damages if their identities were compromised. In the Nationwide case above, the company was fined just under a million pounds. And even if you get the laptop back, even if the laptop was only “borrowed,” its data can be copied off in minutes, putting any data on it at risk even after the machine is returned. You have been warned look after your laptop at all times, if possible under lock and key when not in use. Chris Alderton

For most people owning a laptop is all about convenience. Being able to sit where you want, wander around from office to office, sit in front of the television or even browse the web in bed are the reasons why laptops have become so popular. It has also become much more than a work tool. For many people it is the place where you keep all the things that are important to you: your email and financial information, business secrets, personal writings, even irreplaceable media like photos. So if your laptop were stolen from you tomorrow, what would it do to your life? Even worse, if a laptop belonging to your business were stolen that contained the personal data of customers or clients, it could put all of them at risk of identity theft – and you could be held liable. This crime draws both the common thief and the more sophisticated identity thief alike, and it's on the rise in England. Last year, a laptop belonging to the Nationwide and containing the personal information of over 11 million

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Recipes - BBQ Accompaniments

American Cornbread 185g polenta 590 ml milk 250g self raising flour 2 tsps baking powder 1 tsp salt 135g white sugar 2 eggs

120 ml vegetable oil

Lebanese Bread Salad Dressing: ½ lemon, juice only 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp whole grain mustard 1 clove garlic, crushed Croutons: 1 whole clove of garlic, peeled 2 slices thin bread, toasted 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp fresh mint, chopped Salad: 1 iceberg lettuce, shredded 75g/3oz walnuts, halved

4 tomatoes, quartered ¼ cucumber, cubed 4 spring onions, chopped 10 capers 2 fresh peaches, quartered 225g new potatoes, cooked 25g/1oz pitted black olives 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 75g/3oz feta cheese, diced

Deep Fried Jalapenos 125 g all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 2 eggs 235 ml beer

470 ml vegetable oil 210 g sliced jalapeno peppers

Spanish Rice 235 ml chicken soup 235 ml tomato frito 6 slices bacon 2 onions, diced 185 g uncooked white rice 2 tomatoes, diced 2 green bell peppers, diced 1/2 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp salt and pepper

1 can sliced black olives 1 can sweetcorn

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Preheat oven to 200ºC. In a small bowl, combine polenta and milk; let stand for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and

sugar. Mix into the polenta mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre of the cornbread comes out clean.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. To make the croutons, rub the peeled garlic over the surface of the bread, sprinkle with mint and oil. Place on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the crusts and cut into small croutons. To make the salad mix all the salad ingredients together in a Mix the lemon juice, oil, large bowl and toss with the mustard and garlic together to dressing. make the dressing. Soak the Transfer to a serving dish and feta in the dressing mix sprinkle with the croutons. Dip the sliced jalapenos in the b a t te r . P la c e b at t e red jalapenos in deep fryer. The Mix flour, salt, pepper, red chili jalapenos are fully cooked powder, garlic powder, eggs, when they float to the surface and beer together in a bowl. of the oil. They should be In a deep fryer, and heat oil to golden brown and crispy. 180º C). Enjoy!

Gently heat chicken broth and tomato frito to boiling point. In a large frying pan over cook bacon until evenly brown. Chop bacon, and set aside, reserving the bacon fat. Add onion to pan and saute until

tender. Stir in rice, and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in boiling chicken and tomato mixture. Add tomatoes, peppers and spices and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in drained olives and sweetcorn.

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NICK GETS A WARM WELCOME IN ICELAND

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Nick the Butcher has moved to Iceland in Benissa. If you didn’t get around to visiting Nick and Justine in their shop on the Calpe/Moraira road, now is an ideal time to do so. If you are looking for something different for your BBQ Nick makes a wide selection of sausages including our personal favourites: Sweet Chilli, Juniper & Thyme and Kentish Hops plus his very popular Dragon Burgers. If you prefer a roast, try his Tipsy Topside or Drunken Lamb. Perhaps you just want good quality meat without paying over the odds, whatever your reason and however many you are cooking for whether it is just for one or for a party of 100, Nick has something for you. My Costa Blanca Info wish Nick and Justine good luck in their new location and we know that once you have tried their meat you will too!

Amazing Graze - 50 Calorie Treats Feeling peckish? Don't reach for the nearest bag of crisps or chocolate bar. Instead grab a snack that will make you feel good and help you watch your weight Fruit 10 small cherries 1 small apple 1 peach 1 cup watermelon cubes 100g raspberries 1/2 papaya 1/2 mango 1 kiwi 1 small orange 1/4 melon 2 apricots 6 dried apricots 1 large tangerine 2 prunes 2 small plums 14 seedless grapes 1 miniature box of raisins

Vegetables 9 sticks of celery 2 medium carrots 2 tomatoes 2 stalks broccoli 200g beetroot 18 brussel sprouts 150g shredded cabbage 300g spinach (cooked) 2 large green peppers 24 radishes 4 whole cucumbers 2 cups cauliflower 14oz. lettuce 4 large dill pickles 4 large olives 200g beansprouts

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Biscuits and Sweets 2 marshmallows 1 sesame breadstick 3 Ritz crackers 1 fig roll 3 ginger snaps 2 Ryvita crispbreads 1 meringue nest 1 packet of sugar free polo mints Dairy & Drinks Small pot of 'diet' yogurt or fromage frais 70g low fat cottage cheese 1 serving of 'slim' soup 1 serving of low calorie hot chocolate drink

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Travel - Elche Elche is most famous for the 200,000+ palm trees that surround it. Originally designed by the Muslims in the 10th Century with an elaborate irrigation system the palm grove has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the largest Palm Tree Grove in Europe. Elche is divided into two by the Vinalopo River, the two sides being joined by seven bridges. Legend has it that Hanibal’s father, Hamilcar Barca, drowned here. Things to do in and around Elche Elche Municipal Park – Passeig de l’Estacio The Municipal Park is a delightful place to relax or have a picnic. There are ceramic tiled benches and it is close to the centre of the town. There are many palm trees, a dovecote and a children`s play area with a little train. In one corner of the park is a visitors centre where you can watch an audio-visual presentation about the city. The Archaeological Museum - in the Palacio de Altamira, which is a palace also known as the Alcasser de la Senyoria, where you can find displays of Iberian and Roman pieces. Palaenotology Museum - Plaça de Sant Joan Various Archaeological sites and presentations of scientific knowledge from centuries of research helps visitors take a journey through evolution. Palm Groves Museum - A beautiful natural environment, located in a traditional farmhouse in the centre of town called “Hort de Sant Placid”. The rooms are themed for a full historical report of the palm groves, usage of the trees and why it’s one of the city’s main symbols giving you an in-depth knowledge of the history. Contemporary Art Museum - at the Ayuntamiento del Raval in Replaceta de Sant Joan. This museum houses a wide collection from Spanish artists. Basilica of Saint Mary – Placa de las Flors built on top of the old mosque and several

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Christian temples. The present layout dates back to the 17th century, but because of the time it took to complete, it combines Baroque and Neoclassical elements. If you are fit enough, you can climb the stairs to the top of the tower for views over Elche. Municipal Festa Museum – Not far from the Basilica in the Carrer Major de la Vila The Festa. or Mystery Play, of Elche is performed every year in Elche`s Basilica of Saint Mary. It is performed in two acts on the afternoons of the 14th and 15th of August, with special performances on the 1st of November in years with an even number. The play, which is chanted, relates the last days of Mary`s life, her death, her ascension to heaven and her coronation as the Queen of creation. A multimedia presentation of this Mystery Play can be seen in the museum all year round. Elche Safari Park - Great fun for the family. Take a train ride around the Park. Get your photo taken sitting on elephants, camels and ponies. Go Karting can be found next door to the Safari Park. Shopping - For people that love to shop Elche is definitely a place you would enjoy, with fantastic boutiques to discover around the cobbled streets. Also on the outskirts of Elche you can find factories selling footwear at AMAZING prices. Beaches - Beaches can be found about 20 minutes drive away from Elche, you can find the beautifully stretched beach of La Marina attached to El Pinet beach. Other beaches close by to Elche are El Carabassi, L’Altet, Arenals del Sol and Les Pesqueres-El Rebollo.

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How to Overcome Jealousy When your other half starts eyeing up a pretty girl in the street, do you automatically feel an attack of the old green-eyed monster? Here’s how can you control your feelings of jealousy? Jealousy: a sign of distress Jealousy in relationships is a state of being resentful of someone regarded as a sexual rival. It's a mixture of fear and anger: fear of losing the one you love, and anger at seeing him show interest in someone else. The origins of jealousy According to Freud, it’s totally normal to be jealous. Jealousy has its roots in childhood: we all need to be loved, and from a very young age we want to be our parents’ favourite. When a little brother or sister comes along, a fear of abandonment in favour of the new arrival emerges. We all get a bit jealous from time to time, but strong jealousy reveals a real lack of selfconfidence. A jealous person not only doubts their partner’s faithfulness, but their own capabilities and attractiveness. They think they aren’t worthy of their partner's love. How to overcome jealousy Here are some simple tips that are easy to put into practice and will help you overcome jealousy in everyday situations. - List the situations List the situations that trigger jealous thoughts, and look at them objectively. Reverse the roles, and ask yourself if he really has reason to be jealous every time you start talking to another man, or whether he's over-reacting. - Communicate Share your doubts, fears and thoughts with your partner. If it pains you to see him looking down your best friend's top, tell him so that he’ll start being more sensitive to your feelings. -Don’t stick to each other like glue Set aside time for yourselves. Go out with your friends when he goes out with his and make the most of your time spent apart. Avoid grilling him about what he’s been doing when he gets home. - Learn to value yourself Either alone or with your partner, make a list of all your qualities, physical attributes and everything else he loves about you. Whenever you start to feel jealousy rising up, re-read your list to remind yourself that he loves you and that you’ve no cause to envy that blonde with the endless legs!

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JULY’S HOROSCOPES CANCER - June 21 - July 23rd Someone close could need support from you early in July. Let them feel they are making the decisions and do not put them under pressure. The full moon on the 18th gives you extra insight into their real feelings.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22- Jan 20 The new Moon on July 3 ushers in a more fulfilling, upbeat era in your private life so if you have been planning to make changes, be proactive and decisive now and ask for what you really need from others.

LEO - July 24 - Aug 23 You have the energy and motivation to make real and lasting progress with a new ambition this July. With creative Venus and dynamic Mars in charge of your finances in the weeks to come, others are about to see how much you have to offer

AQUARIUS - Jan 21 - Feb 19 What you need most now is extra freedom to pursue a personal goal, so make it clear to others that you cannot always fit in with their plans. Your emotional life is due to enter a more positive phase from the 13th when romantic Venus moves into fun-loving Leo.

VIRGO - Aug 24 - Sept 23 You can revolutionise your prospects of success if you are decisive and determined so trust your judgement and aim high. The full Moon on the 19th falls in your chart’s zone of adventure, self-expression and romance. Do not limit your horizons then.

PISCES - Feb 20 - Mar 20 Someone you meet early in July could have a lot to offer so be open to the possibilities around you.. Changes in the company you keep are also due from the 15th when romantic Venus links to Uranus. Accept an unexpected invitation on the 18th.

LIBRA - Sept24 - Oct 23 Your social life comes first this month, so postpone unnecessary chores and concentrate on meeting people and exchanging new ideas. Feedback from someone unexpected could help you break free from a situation that you have outgrown.

ARIES - Mar 21 - April 20 Home life takes centre stage early in the month when the new Moon helps you streamline your routine to give yourself more freedom to manoeuvre. A new romance or unexpected changes in a current friendship may preoccupy you after the 13th..

SCORPIO - Oct 24 - Nov 22 You are at your most creative now, so make using your real talents to the full your main priority for the month. Someone you meet socially could open unexpected doors so be prepared to change your plans to suit. The 18th is the ideal time to entertain so invite someone you would like to see more of

TAURUS - April 21 - May 21 The dynamic and outgoing planet Mars puts you in the mood to socialise and break new ground this month. Do not be too cautious or afraid to cut loose from a situation that restricts you. With the full moon on the 18th the time has come to let go of recent problems and look ahead.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23 - Dec21 A powerful link between dynamic Mars and the wealth plant, Pluto, early in July help you focus on a project you were forced to shelve. Your success is almost guaranteed this time around so do not let the moment to take action pass you by.

GEMINI - May 22 - June 21 Do not listen to advice or let others undermine your confidence in your own judgement early in July. Deep down you know exactly how to solve a recent problem. In fact, with subtle, diplomatic Venus on your side, you can make anyone agree to almost anything you choose.

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WHAT’S ON? - JULY 2008 MOORS AND CHRISTIANS - BENITACHELL FRIDAY 11 JULY 24.00h Public announcement of the Fiesta and the presentation of all the flags in the Plaza Nueva. Then the moors attack and take the Castle, after this, there is a fantastic Firework display followed by live music. SATURDAY 12 JULY 09.00h The awakening (firing of blunderbusses) 19.30 h Offering of the flowers at the church. 20.00 h Mass in honour of St. Sebastian. 24.00 h. Party in the kabyles. SUNDAY 13 JULY 09.00h The awakening (firing of blunderbusses) 20.00h Grand parade with all the participating Moors and Christians "filaes".

20.00 h. Parade of the Moors and Christians from Pasaje Pío X, Cristo del Mar, Lepanto and Jaime 24.30 h. Mobile disco in Paseo Jaime I. SUNDAY 20 JULY 08.00 h. The awakening 11.00 h. Chocolates and sweets in Av. Jaime I. 12.30 h. Reconquest of the castle followed by a parade of Christian troops along C/. Dr. Fleming. 19.00 h. Entrance of the bands participating in the parade. 20.00 h. Parade of the Moors and Christians from Pasaje Pío X, Cristo del Mar, Lepanto and Jaime 24.00 h. Magnificant firework display

MOORS & CHRISTIANS - JAVEA SATURDAY 12 JULY 22.30h Official presentation of the Moors and Christians in Avd Jaime I. SUNDAY 13 JULY 19.00h Inauguration of Officials in C/. Triana. 20.30h Live Music in Avd Jaime I MONDAY 14 JULY 18.00h Moors and Christians performance TUESDAY 15 JULY 18.00h Moors and Christians performance WEDNESDAY 16 JULY 18.00h Moors and Christians performance 20.00h Floral offering in C/. San Jaime de Xàbia 23.30h Formal entrance in Las Calles de Aduanas del Mar. THURSDAY 17 JULY 19.00h Floral offering to San Jaime 20.30h Solemn mass. 22.00h Neighbourhood dinner in Paseo Jaime I. FRIDAY 18 JULY 11.00h Traditional "Torrà de sardines" offering in Paseo Jaime I. 21.30h Disembarcation of the Moors on the Playa de la Grava and the invasion of the castle. Followed by a parade of the troops in the C /. Dr. Fleming. 24.00 h. Mobile disco in Avd. Jaime I. SATURDAY 19 JULY 08.00 h. The awakening 11.00 h. Traditional "Chocolatada con bollos" in the Paseo Jaime I 12.00 h. Childrens games in Av. Jaime I. 13.00 h. Giant Paella for all in Paseo Jaime I. 19.00 h. Entrance of the bands.

FESTIVITY PARTIDA BENIMARCO WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 07.30h Traditional "Pelota Valenciana". 10.30h Popular Supper "sobaquillo" for all the neighbours of the area. THURSDAY 24 JULY 10.00h Traditional planting of a pine tree in the square. 12.00h Opening parade with bell ringing, fireworks, pipe and drum. 20.00h Parade with dulzaina and tamboril (pipe and drum) and fireworks. Followed by the floral offering to the Patron Saint Jaime. 23.30h Live Music. FRIDAY 25 JULY 08.00h Awakening with firecrackers 11.00h Holy mass in honour of Saint Jaime. 13.30h Traditional Races of roosters. 18.30h Humourous parade 20.30h Live Music. 22.00h Fireworks. 23.30h Live Music SATURDAY 26 JULY 08.00h Awakening with firecrackers 12.00h Parade with "charanga" band. 13.00h Paella competition. 18.30h Holy Mass. 23.30h Live music. SUNDAY 27 JULY 19.00h Evenings and nights bulls. MONDAY 28 JULY 19.00h Evenings and nights bulls. TUESDAY 29 JULY 19.00h Evenings and nights bulls.

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It’s All Downhill from Here!! IMAGINE … being on a mountain-bike and letting gravity take over as you glide smoothly downhill for 24 miles at your own pace in easily manageable sections. If you like the idea of going on a bike ride but don’t fancy going up all the hills, we may have found the perfect day for you and your family. The day starts with you being picked up from the car park at Carrefour in Finestrat and heading along the N332 towards Villa Joiosa and then up into the mountains, passing a lake and through a few small villages all the time getting higher. Eventually you arrive at the Aitana Safari park which is the starting point for the cycling. You are given a safety briefing where it is stressed that the bike ride is not a race, it is intended as a family ride out for people of all abilities. (Our group ranged from 9 – 70 years.) Arrangements are then made with the staff regarding lunch at the safari park after the first part of the cycle ride. Lunch isn’t included as part of the trip and you can take a packed lunch if you wish, personally I chose Potage (a delicious Spanish stew) and a diet coke which was very reasonable at 5€. You will be issued with a bike for the day, adjusted as necessary to fit each individual, great care is taken to ensure you understand the

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controls and are happy with the bike. The first part of the trip takes on a gentle 5km downhill run to the small village of Penaguila. The last part of the ride is down quite a steep hill with 5 tight hairpin bends so you are advised to go slowly. Once in the village the bikes are loaded back onto the trailer for the journey back to the safari park and our well earned lunch. The second part of the ride is down the hill you drove up in the morning, consisting of approximately 24km of downhill roads with some twisty parts some long straights when you could fully relax and take in the magnificent views. Three stops are made to allow for drinks and safety checks and you will find the conversation buzzing about what a wonderful experience it is. To sum up, it is an excellent day’s entertainment 33€ plus lunch. It is well organised and the staff have a good level of knowledge about the area and the equipment they are using. In my opinion this excursion is well worth doing for people of any age even if you haven’t been on a bike for a while or aren’t very fit as we only peddled for about 200m all day.

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10 Best Mood Boosting Super Foods Following on from last month’s article, we are pleased to share our list of the 10 best mood boosting super foods Asparagus Delicious, easy to cook and, during the right season, cheap to buy, what's not to like about asparagus? When down in the doldrums, make it your veggie of choice. Brewer's Yeast Unfortunately not an excuse to start drinking a pint of beer. Mix the yeast with a yoghurt and fruit to make a healthy morning smoothie. You'll feel all the better for it. Bananas It's the potassium in bananas which make them such a good snack for those feeling blue and, at less than 100 calories each, they're a far more sensible solution than another bar of chocolate. Buckwheat Did you know buckwheat is actually related to rhubarb? No, us neither. Either way, adding it to your diet is a brilliant way to combat stress. Grapes It might be tempting to reach for the bottle of red when feeling down, but you'd do much better to eat grapes or drink grape juice. Nourishing, mood-boosting and brilliant at sorting all manner of ailments, keep a bunch in the fridge at all times. Millet A health-food-shop favourite, millet is rich in silicon, which is vital for healthy skin, hair, teeth, eyes and nails - after all, looking better always makes us feel better. Oats No wonder we're always being told to eat

porridge for breakfast, oats are high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins E and B, protein and more. As well as helping to improve your skin, they are brilliant for those suffering from stress and tiredness. Oysters You don't have to be in the mood for seduction to eat oysters; even on a Bridget Jones-style night in alone, savouring a dozen should bring a smile to your face. Wheat Yes, we know you think it makes you bloated, but many 'wheat-intolerant' people are actually reacting to the pesticide residues left over from farming methods rather than the wheat itself. Try wholewheat bread and rolls made from organically grown wheat and your sandwiches will suddenly seem a whole lot more tasty. Molasses With more calcium than milk, more iron than eggs and heaps of potassium, molasses is a muchmaligned superfood. OK, so you shouldn't go overboard as it's still very high in sugar,

but a spoonful added to cakes is a far better sweetener than regular cane sugar - and it makes us happy!

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Crossword Across 1. Throw out (4) 3. Shade of white (8) 9. Wet salt shaker? (7) 10. Bottle stoppers (5) 11. Political area (12) 13. Gauge (6) 15. Not awake (6) 17. Nasty or nice? (5,2,5) 20. Ice house (5) 21. Retail marker (3,4) 22. Fiasco (8) 23. Precious stones (4)

12. Without marks (8) 14. Extra (7) 16. Walking dead (6)

18. Run off to the chapel (5) 19. Discover (4) Answers on Page 7

Down 1. Eye doctor (8) 2. Brush off (5) 4. High spirits (6) 5. Tale of fame and fortune (7,5) 6. Otitis (7) 7. Bringing up the rear (4) 8. Symbol for the Knights of St John (7,5)

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