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Julius Caesar at Ice Age Live! the New Theatre A Mammoth Adventure

Fancy a bit of Tom Jones? On Friday 2nd November 2012, Fagins Bar (Ton Pentre) Rhondda Cynon Taff, are staging a fundraiser RETRO DISCO for Breast Cancer Campaign. Veteran DJ, John Patrick will be on the decks, playing music of strictly 60’s, 70’s and 80’s classics. John Patrick has donated his original 1965 seven inch vinyl singles of ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and ‘The Green Green Grass of Home’ as raffle prizes. The evening starts at 8pm. For more information contact Fagins Bar on 01443 422773.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company will visit Cardiff as part of their limited tour with its new production of Julius Caesar, at the New Theatre. Having performed in the West End and Stratford as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, the RSC’s critically acclaimed production of this political thriller finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa.   The production is unique in that it was filmed on location in London during the initial rehearsal period, with additional recording during two Stratford performances. The completed film was broadcast on BBC Four as part of the BBC's Shakespeare season for the Cultural Olympiad. Julius Caesar is at the New Theatre from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October 2012.  Tickets are on sale now with prices from £8.50 to £25.00.  For further details about the show or to book tickets visit www.newtheatre or call the Box Office on (029) 2087 8889.    

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Stage Entertainment Touring Productions proudly present Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure - a ground-breaking arena show which opens at the Cardiff Motor Point Arena on 19 – 21 October. The show features everyone’s favourite Ice Age characters brought to life, taking audiences on a jaw-dropping adventure with an all-new storyline inspired by the first four films of the top-grossing international animated film franchise of all time. Ice Age Live! is on Friday 19th at 8pm, Saturday 20th at 11am, 3pm & 7pm, Sunday 21st at 11am & 3pm. Tickets are still available at £20-£45. To book tickets contact the venue or call 08444 996670 and for online bookings please visit http://www.iceage

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Nicki in the pink THE multi-million selling US pop superstar Nicki Minaj, who topped the UK chart with her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded earlier this year, will be bringing her Pink Friday Reloaded Tour to the Capital FM Arena on Sunday. Tickets are £39.50 from the venue, call 0843 373 3000 or go to


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Half-term treat WRITER-DIRECTOR Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman) returns to the big screen with Frankenweenie, a charming stop-motion animation about a boy who cannot bear the loss of his pet dog, so re-animates the deceased pooch with a lightning bolt. Expect it to tug the heartstrings without being cloying. See interview with star Winona Ryder on page 18.

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A COUNCIL tenant has been cleared of having cannabis, amphetamine and thousands of pounds of cash in a house registered in his name. Stephen Bostock, 54, of Cranwell Road, Strelley, was found not guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday. He denied knowing anything about the drugs that police discovered by chance in Bramley Road, Broxtowe Estate, on July 12 last year. Police investigating a burglary in Bramley Road “followed their nosesâ€? when they smelt cannabis in the air, his trial heard. The smell led them to the home of Mr Bostock, who was not there at the time. On the kitchen table sat a box containing 444 grams of cannabis, worth about ÂŁ2,500. Officers secured the property and conducted a thorough search the following day. They then found frozen amphetamine, with a wholesale price of ÂŁ6,000, in four bags in a freezer and ÂŁ4,200 in cash in a bag in a kitchen drawer. Officers discovered the house was registered to Mr Bostock. He said in a written statement to them that he was not living there and that he was staying at his daughter’s because of health problems. He has since named two other men who had a key to the front door. One of the them, he said, was doing him a service looking after his house. Yesterday, he was cleared of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, producing cannabis and possessing amphetamine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property, in the form of the cash.

THE Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal is to be launched in the Old Market Square tomorrow. Lord Mayor of Nottingham Councillor Leon Unczur is to launch the appeal from 11am, with help from the Lord Lieutenant of Notts, Sir John Peace, Notts County Council chairman Councillor Carol Pepper and the vice-chairman of Notts Royal British Legion, John Jackson. Members of the Royal British Legion training ship Orion will be on parade and standard-bearers will take their place on the Council House steps. Two coaches will be parked either side of the Council House covered in poppies and posters and a shower of poppies will rain from the balcony of the Council House. After the launch, the Lord Mayor and Lord Lieutenant will join cadets selling the first poppies. Mr Unczur said: “This year, the Royal British Legion has set a target of ÂŁ42 million to provide help for our serving and ex-servicemen and women, their families and dependants.â€?

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Before it all went wrong: Ice dancers from Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure during their final dress rehearsal at the Capital PICTURE: DAN MATTHAMS NODA20121025E-001_C FM Arena yesterday.

Ice show was a mammoth disaster for city audience By Jayne Garfitt

HUNDREDS of families were left disappointed after a technical hitch halted the production of a new ice show at the Capital FM Arena. Families had been enjoying the multi-million-pound Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure show yesterday afternoon when it was abruptly halted before the interval. More than an hour later it still had not resumed and was eventually abandoned altogether as scores of families walked out. Later, it was revealed that the hitch was caused by problems with a piece of scenery. Susan Elston, 45, of Strelley Village, was there with her partner, Paul Robinson, and eight-year-old daughter Isabelle. She said: “The first bit was amazing but then they stopped it just before the break and it didn’t come back on. “It wasn’t very clear what was happening. At first, they said it would be 10 minutes. Then they said it would be another 20 minutes. “We probably waited another ten after that but we had to go as the car parking was running out and we had things we needed to do last night. “I guess these things do hap-

pen, but children don’t understand that. “Isabelle is really upset as she was so excited about it.� Mr Robinson, 47, said: “I don’t know what went wrong, but if you’re working with a lot of technical stuff I guess it can happen.� After the announcement that the show would not be continuing, all of the characters appeared on stage for the re-


The producers of Ice Age Live apologise to the audience for the interruptions... Spokesman

maining audience. Each person was offered a free ice cream on their way out and a full refund, or the chance to return and watch one of the performances which will be held throughout the weekend. Karen Shale, 42, of Sherwood, had driven to Liverpool to collect her children, aged eight and ten, from their grandparents so they could see the 3pm show. She said: “The show itself started off really promisingly. “I’m not so annoyed about the technical hitch because they can’t really help that but I

do think they could have dealt with it better. “All you could hear while we waited was loud chatter and kids wailing. If they’d have just put some music on, or had a couple of the characters going round it would have been more bearable. Stage Entertainment Touring Productions is the company which has produced Ice Age Live. The show features acrobats, dancers and skaters, along with life-size puppets of characters from the first three Ice Age films. It is visiting more than 30 countries on five continents during the five-year tour. The producers apologised for the disruption the audience experience in Nottingham and assured people that shows to-

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morrow and over the weekend would not be affected and would go ahead as planned. A spokesman said: “The producers of Ice Age Live apologise to the audience at the 3pm performance at the Capital FM Arena for the interruptions to the show. “These were caused by unforeseen technical difficulties.� Anyone who attended will have the option of seeing the show again on Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm or 7pm, or Sunday at 11am or 3pm. Ticket-holders must contact the box office in person or by phone on 0843 373 3000. ■Were you at Ice Age Live! yesterday at 3pm? Contact our newsdesk on 0115 905 1967 or e-mail

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Charity fancy dress party in memory of precious baby boy

TREDEGAR Rugby Club is hosting a fancy dress Hallowe’en party on October 26, in aid of the still-born and neo-natal charity Sands. The event, from 6pm, is being held in memory of baby Hayden-James Rauwerda from Tredegar, who was born with Edwards’ Syndrome five weeks early on May 10 last year. Edwards’ syndrome, also known as trisomy 18, is where a child is born with three copies of the chromosone 18 rather than the usual two. It affects one in 6,000 newborn babies with the majority dying before birth. Hayden-James’ mum Chelsea Roper and dad Barry Rauwerda want to raise money to help create

more ‘teardrop suites’ at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff. The teardrop suite is where the couple spent their final moments with their baby son. Tredegar RFC Supporters Club previously raised £1,205 for the neonatal unit through a 1960s themed fundraising night. Admission to the Hallowe’en party is £3 per ticket or £10 for a family of four to enjoy a disco and karaoke, fun and games, an old fashioned sweet stall as well as a raffle. The evening will feature an auction that includes a signed Dragons jersey and an autographed snooker cue from Mark Williams and Doug Mountjoy.


Session for happy babies

CWMBRAN Library is holding a healthy you, happy baby session for under fives and their parents and carers tomorrow from 9.30am until 12.30pm. The free interactive event will feature stalls offering advice and information on everything from childcare to baby massage and diet and fitness, with some relaxing massages available for mums and dads too. There will also be rhyme times and craft activities for children, as well as a crèche facility. For more information, call 01633 647676.

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Police recover cocaine and £11k cash from Pontypool drug dealers MORE than £6,500 worth of cocaine and £11,000 in cash was recovered from two Pontypool drug dealers and their accomplice.

Daniel Laws, 22, of Lancaster Road, and Samuel Evans, 23, of Austin Road, were each jailed for three years at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine. Zoe Carter, 20, of Lancaster Close, pleaded guilty to the charge on the basis she was found in possession of some of the cocaine, but was not involved in dealing. She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work. Prosecuting, Hywel Hughes said the charges relate to a period between June 28 and August 15 last year.

RUTH MANSFIELD 01633 777231 Twitter @ArgusRMansfield Police went to a house in Austin Road on July 1 last year when Evans and Carter, who were previously in a relationship, arrived. In the property, plastic bags were found on a table which police made out to be packs of drugs ready for onward supply. They also found smaller amounts of the drug as well as cash, a credit card and a list of names. Mr Hughes said the street value of the drugs recovered from the plastic bags on the table was £5,800. Police recovered 237.81g of cocaine at the property and 27.3g of cocaine was also found in Carter’s handbag,

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worth £700-£900. All the cocaine had been cut with benzocaine and the fingerprints of Laws and Evans were found on the bags. On July 15, Laws was seen by police at Kemp Park,

Newport, with a bag stuffed down the front of his trousers. He ran off and had disposed of the bag by the time police caught up. A member of the public found the plastic bag, con-

taining £7,810 in cash, in a wheelie bin. DNA tests matched it to Laws. Mr Hughes said a further £3,230 was recovered from Laws. In a separate incident at Delilah’s nightclub on August 14, police found 1.52g of cocaine cut with benzocaine on the floor near Laws, who was with another man. Officers went to his home and found a food blender used to mix drugs. Defending Evans, Owen Williams said he acknowledged the seriousness of the offending. Representing Laws, David Elias said he was “an extreemly naive individual”. For Carter, Hilary Roberts said she had not been involved in any dealing. A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will be heard at a later date.

REVIEW Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure THE Second Ice Age has finally come! The first of six presentations of Ice Age Live! – A Mammoth Adventure took place at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Friday evening. It has to be said this stage presentation of the popular film series has been eagerly anticipated, especially when you learn that the creative

team was lead by Guy Caron and Michael Curry whose credentials include Cirque du Soleil, The Walt Disney Company and The Olympics. Both children and adults looked on to the Ice stage in awe as characters familiar from the Ice Age movies including Scrat the sabre toothed squirrel, Manny the woolly mammoth, Manny’s

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Cardiff Motorpoint Arena wife Ellie, their cute daughter Peaches, Diego the sabre toothed tiger and of course Sid the sloth did battle with Shadow the prehistoric bird and his minions. A vast array of colour bounced off suspended icicles as flying birds and acrobatic dancers took to the air to the backdrop of a fabulous and sometimes dramatic

score. The character recreations were meticulous to detail and in the case of the mammoth’s certainly lived up to the production’s description. There were plenty of surprises too, Peaches kidnapping by The Shadow as she took to the air, and spectacularly choreographed fight sequences when dancers

appeared from within the main characters. The coolest ice show around, Ice Age fans will not be disappointed when Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure moves to Nottingham later this week before making its World premiere at Wembley Arena on November 2. Andy Howells

BLAENAVON town council will host a Hallowe’en party on October 31 at the Workmen’s Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The event will include a disco, story-telling and face-painting. Primary school children are invited to enter a scary drawing competition. Entries should be submitted to the clerk at the Blaenavon Town Council building by noon on Monday, October 29.

Food waste

FOOD waste collections in Torfaen are officially starting today. Residents have been provided with a kerbside caddy and a calendar of collection dates, which will see them through to December 2013. The collections will be carried out alongside the black box collections and the newly-launched cardboard service. Black and green bins will be collected as usual until November 5.

Election date

A BY-ELECTION will be held for the Llantarnam Ward for Cwmbran Community Council on November 1. Three candidates will be contesting the poll: Linda Ann Joseph for Welsh Labour, Marcus Paul Warner for Plaid Cymru and Paul James Williams will be standing as an independent.

Charity lunch

PONTNEWYNYDD community centre will be holding a charity lunch club and pamper your nails event on November 5 from 11.30am to 2.30pm. To book your lunch at this Age Concern event, call 01495 769 264.

Holiday crafts

CHILDREN in Newport can decorate a broom for Hallowe’en during October half-term at Hobbycraft in Harlech Retail Park store.


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Three lovers perform Shakespeare’s Sonnets, bringing to the texts a vigour, a passion and a tenderness that lurk not far below the surface of their elegant verse. This is a production from Swansea’s Volcano Theatre. where? Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold when? Until tomorrow tickets? Call 0845 330 3565


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An early play of Frank Vickery, it’s another of his plays which will leave you both laughing and crying. The production stars Vickery himself alongside Sue Roderick. where? Swansea Grand Theatre when? From Tuesday to October 27 tickets? Call 01792 475715

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5 Beautiful Burnout

Frantic Assembly team up with the National Theatre of Scotland for this touring production which is based in the world of boxing. Turn to pages 4 & 5 for our feature on the show. where? Sherman Cymru, Cardiff when? Tuesday to October 27 tickets? Call 029 2064 6900

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Welshman Todd Jones is a key member of the team bringing the world premiere of Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure to Cardiff. Here he tells Dave Owens how he left the Valleys for a life as a puppet master


E’S got a CV that would put most Hollywood actors to shame, but Todd Jones can walk the streets anonymously without being plagued by autograph hunters or those wanting a picture. That’s because for most children Todd is nothing short of a magician bringing creatures to life in front of their very eyes. He’ll be sprinkling some of that fairy dust around the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena tonight when Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure receives its world premiere in the Welsh capital. Two years in the making, the show is set to astonish and astound, delivering an impressive set that certainlyhasthewowfactor,aswell as bringing all the characters from the hit animated film from the silver screen to an ice rink setting. For Welshman Todd, who is originallyfromTredegar,it’s nicetobe back home. And he’s especially happy that the first people to glimpse the show will be from Wales. “It’s the first time that a full audience will have seen see this and they’re in for a treat,” he chirps. “There’s the mix of circus, acrobatics, puppetry, video technology, even the set moves and has a major part to play. Those people who have popped into our rehearsals have been drawn into it all and you see these childlike eyes going ‘Wow’. “Personally, I’m trying to bring it alive for the audience, so for the thousands of people here in Cardiff they’re going to see all those characters they’re really familiar with like Sid, Manny, Scrat and Diego, they’ll all be here on stage right in front of them.

“My job is to help those people performingasthesecreaturesmove in a manner that is entirely correct.” The 53-year-old, who now lives in Dartmoor in Devon, harboured dreams of working in movies as much as a form of escapism from Wales in the late ’70s as much as a definite career path. “This was when there was still steel and coal in the area and my future was destined for either of those industries, but I wanted to go off and do drama. In that tradition of people from the Valleys who have always enjoyed amateur dramatics and dancing, that was key within me. “However, I had been informed that you really shouldn’t be going off to do something you enjoy. Get a serious job boyo and go down the pit, that’s what I was told. Most of my forebears did that and it ended badly. “SoIwentofftotheRoyalWelsh College of Music and Drama in the late ’70s and there discovered this world of possibilities in terms of

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dance and physical theatre which I hadn’t come upon before. “This was in the era when much of the infrastructure of the Valleys was being taken apart with the demise of nationalised industries. “Loads of my friends had had their dreams stolen away. “They’dgivenuptheirdreamsto go and do this thing that was sensibleandthathadgone,andIended up cavorting around the world in funny rubber outfits having a bit of a laugh.” Todd is a veteran of the industry who has worked on such blockbusters as Batman (teaching Michael Keaton to walk in a rubber suit); Who Framed Roger Rabbit (whichincludedplottingthemovement of Jessica Rabbit’s thighs); John Carter (where he taught Willem Defoe to walk on stilts); as well as a host of Muppet movies such as a Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. ButitwasDavidBowiewhogave him his first big break – well, sort of. “After college in Cardiff I went



Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical If you haven’t caught this show yet, then hurry. Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when they win the chance to appear on their favourite TV programme, Dancing With Mice.

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where? New Theatre, Cardiff when? Until Sunday tickets? Call 029 2087 8889 away to America for some years to further my studies and to explore a bit of the world. “I met some people over there who had worked with The Muppets on a film called The Dark Crystal, and it was mooted another film was about to come from that stable, this time with David Bowie called Labyrinth. I was invited to come along because I was quite usefulwithapuppetatthatpoint.I was good at building them, designing them and making them move. “So I worked on Labyrinth for about two years, from 1983 to 1985. “Then I became a mainstay at theJimHensonCreatureShopperforming on Muppet movies, as well as a series that many people might remember called Mopatop’s Shop where I played Mopatop.” Understandably, Todd had to pinch himself to believe it all real, especially when he tells you what his favourite programme was when he was younger. “On a Tuesday night in the Valleys I used to watch The Muppet Show and I loved the anarchy of it, becauseitwassomad.“Itcameina distinct line from other things I loved like Monty Python, where anything could happen. “So, I didn’t ever expect to be performing Rizzo the Rat one day orwatchJimHensondoKermitand Frank Oz perform Miss Piggy in front of me. I was very jammy to be


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Gary Barlow

X Factor judge and chart-topping singer Gary Barlow will be leaving the rest of Take That behind when he heads out on a solo tour that visits Wales in January. The tour follows his two critically acclaimed solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London last year. He will be performing songs spanning his music career. After 20 years in the business, during which time he’s sold more than 50 million records, achieved eight No.1 albums and 14 No.1 singles, there will be plenty of material for him to choose from.

meandering around America and then to knock on somebody’s door and get a job like that was incredible. “I’ve been very lucky, but to come back and perform to a home

crowd are like the dreams you have as a kid about running out at The Arms Park with a ball. Well I’m not quite doing that but to debut Ice Age Live! in Cardiff really is incredible!”

G Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena until Sunday. See Family Time (page 7) for ticket and box office details

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Story-telling on a truly mammoth scale


dance and one-third musical theatre (a la Lion King) – all with a bit of kung fu and “video illusion” throw in for good measure – this was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The action played out on an ice rink on which the giant characters – Mannie alone was 3.5m high and 5m from tusk to tail – would glide, sing and otherwise engage the rapt audience. The brilliant and extensive cast of acrobatic performers spun and tumbled through proceedings, even bringing to life the evil bird king Shadow, who would swoop down from the arena’s cavernous roof space on wires and battle it out in fight set-pieces that had more than a touch of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon about them. The two-hour performance was based

elsh audiences became the first in the world to see a stunning new family show at the weekend, before it starts a massive five-year global tour. And, wow, what a treat it was. Living up to its “spectacular” billing, it felt like a slice of West End magic had dropped into Cardiff city centre. Based on the top-grossing animated Ice Age franchise, which is now on its fourth hit movie, this gave a totally new take on the story of the family of mammoths Mannie, Ellie and Peaches, together with their friends Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the Sloth and Scrat the hapless squirrel, among others. Because this was story-telling on a truly mammoth scale. One-third circus stunts, one-third ice

around a slightly convoluted story, but the pace of Ice Age Live was far from glacial. The whole thing was overseen by Cirque du Soleil’s first artistic director, Guy Caron – and the influence of a man whose spectacular shows have become a byword for theatrical excellence certainly showed. After Cardiff’s special preview, the show will eventually head to Wembley Arena for its “world premiere” before embarking on a five-year tour taking in 175 cities in 30 countries. The show marks the evolution of the family show which, despite the chilly setting, left a packed audience heading home with a warm glow. In a word? Super cool. I Tryst Williams



ACROSS 1. Despatch with speed (8) 5. Electrical safety device (4) 9. Alluring beauty (7) 10. Reasoning (5) 11. Wonder (3) 12. SI unit of plane angle (6) 15. Cheerless (5) 17. Adult male deer (4) 19. Discard (6) 22. Pure, chaste (6) 24. Thick cord (4) 26. Crystallised sugar (5) 27. Covered walk (6) 30. Demon (3) 32. Bear’s name (5) 33. Rock containing water (7) 34. Speak (4) 35. Germs (8)















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DOWN 1. Margin (4) 2. Public square (5) 3. Indian washerman (5) 4. Oppressor (6) 6. Ointment (7) 7. Surround (8)

8. Toboggan (6) 13. Perish (3) 14. In the matter of (2,2) 16. Critical remark (8) 18. Assert (4) 20. Species of narcissus (7)

The winning numbers in Saturday night’s Lotto main draw were 9, 10, 24, 37, 39 and 40. The bonus number was 36. The Thunderball numbers were 3, 18, 21, 27 and 34. The Thunderball was 5.

21. Sobbing (6) 23. Ocean (3) 25. Tropical fruit (6) 28. Hard outer layer (5) 29. Put off to another time (5) 31. Malay boat (4) 22.10.12


“It displays crass party mismanagement by Cameron” Tory MP Nadine Dorries protests at the appointment of a baronet, Sir George Young, to replace Andrew Mitchell as Government chief whip “It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom” Pippa Middleton, below, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge

Across – 1 Burlesque; 6 Job; 8 Austria; 9 Pulse; 10 Onyx; 11 Sty; 13 Pink; 14 Dazed; 16 Turbot; 18 Morrow; 19 Eaten; 21 Lack; 22 Nun; 23 Whey; 27 Yeast; 28 Drastic; 30 Dim; 31 Pea-souper. Down – 1 Baa; 2 Rusty; 3 Earl; 4 Quartz; 5 Espy; 6 Jollier; 7 Break away; 10 Outplayed; 11 Satan; 12 Yemen; 14 Doe; 15 Don; 17 Reclaim; 20 Tundra; 24 Het up; 25 Step; 26 Halo; 29 Cur.

SUDOKU There is just one simple rule in Sudoku. Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9, and so must each 3x3 box, This is a logic puzzle, and you should not need to have to guess. Remember that there is only one solution for each puzzle.

7 6 1 6

5 7 9 3 8 2

Today’s difficulty rating: Medium

4 9 9 7 8 5

SATURDAY’S SOLUTION 4 7 1 9 3 5 6 2 8

2 9 6 8 4 7 1 3 5

3 8 5 2 6 1 7 4 9

1 6 4 3 2 9 5 8 7

8 2 9 5 7 6 4 1 3

5 3 7 1 8 4 2 9 6

7 1 3 4 5 8 9 6 2

6 4 2 7 9 3 8 5 1

9 5 8 6 1 2 3 7 4

Solution in tomorrow’s paper



3 1 7 2

2 3

“Telling a man he can’t dance is like telling him he’s a bad driver. Telling a woman she can’t is tantamount to saying ’yes’ to the age-old query, ’does my bum look big in this?”’ Radio presenter Sir Terry Wogan “Breaking my arm two days before shooting started was far more stressful than my son directing me naked” Actress Charlotte Rampling on the love scenes in a forthcoming film made by her son Barnaby Southcombe

The Times Online 22 October 2012

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