STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Tuesday, 11 August 2009 27 Intheright-handpicture,Freidasdresshasanextrastrap,herbracelet isthinner,thepatternonherpurseisgreen,thepleatofherdressis longerandthestepbyherfeetistaller. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Making promises is easy. But keeping them is an entirely different matter, at the moment, anyway. Youre concerned that necessary changes will upset others, so are hoping for a last-minute miracle. Not only is that unlikely, everybody is aware of problems, so the fact youll need to reorganise things will be no surprise. Somebody has been unwise enough to suggest that you yield to others in decisions that you regard as yours alone to make. The obvious answer is a firm no. However, in this particular case they are more knowledgeable than you, and therefore better placed to look after your best interests. While you havent known why or how, you have firmly believed that increasingly perilous situations would be resolved, albeit at the last minute. Others insisted you were being unrealistic. But now exactly what you anticipated has happened, and something as wonderful as it is unexpected has appeared to save the day. Initially, you assumed the actions of one particular individual were an oversight. When it happened again, you realised it was deliberate sabotage. You could attempt a civilised discussion. But first, you should confront them head-on. Talk over what theyve done and why afterwards. Youre all for progress. But not at the cost of arrangements that could undermine so much that you have worked to create. Before you go to battle over changes, reflect on the circumstances involved. Attached as you may be to things as they are, in many cases the changes in question are long overdue. Dont make the mistake of assuming others know where you stand on potentially pivotal matters. You may have discussed these often. But in fact, you have done more listening than talking, so they could be in the dark about your opinions. By considering them, youll clarify your own feelings. What began as seemingly simple differences could blossom into unexpectedly informative discussions. All you need is the patience to overcome your instinctive doubts about the ideas others have in mind. Whatever your initial reservations, these will soon start to make sense. Although you have all sorts of excuses for not tackling certain unappealing issues, the fact is, youve put them off because youve dreaded dealing with them. Ironically, this is one time when thats the best tactic. Within days events will alter these circumstances, so much that your efforts would have been pointless. As a Cancer, you know that when youre anxious, youll regard even the most appealing offers with suspicion, while when youre in a more positive mood, youre more open to possibilities. Still, whats coming your way now is so remarkable that nothing could overshadow its promise. At first, you were excited by offers that came out of the blue. But now you know more about them, you cant help but wonder if they will only be a disruption and nothing more. They might just be that. However, theyll also introduce you to intriguing people and ideas that you wouldnt otherwise have encountered. Irritating and obstructive as this weeks numerous disagreements are, they are only part of a pattern of clashes that will continue until the end of the month. Unappealing as this may sound, each will reveal a past misunderstanding or flaw in an existing situation that, if left undetected, would have led to serious problems. Answer:robin-write-pen(actressRobinWright-Penn) No 613 ACROSS 4. Particular (7) 8. Filament (6) 9. Startled (7) 10. Rotten (6) 11. Illness (6) 12. String of beads (8) 18. Apportion (8) 20. Run aground (6) 21. Din (6) 22. Lofty (7) 23. Relax (6) 24. Balcony (7) DOWN 1. Salary (7) 2. Defend (7) 3. Of the lips (6) 5. Helter-skelter (4-4) 6. Ring (6) 7. Items of business (6) 13. Scholarly (8) 14. Sickly sentimental (7) 15. Fate (7) 16. Arrange fitly (6) 17. Higher (6) 19. Speaker (6) Yesterdays solution No 612 Across 1 Legerdemain; 9 Use; 10 Negotiate; 11 Doffs; 13 Sullied; 14 Shriek; 16 Strain; 18 Artiste; 19 Buyer; 20 Cast aside; 21 Eel; 22 New Years Day. Down 2 Ewe; 3 Ernes; 4 Digest; 5 Matelot; 6 Imaginary; 7 Outdistance; 8 Leading role; 12 Foretaste; 15 Ecstasy; 17 Retina; 19 Bless; 21 Era.Answers tomorrow STARSShelley von Strunckel Forecasts whats in the stars for you For your weekly in-depth forecast, call the number next to your star sign Aries Call 0906 650 5430 21 March-19 April Taurus Call 0906 650 5431 20 April-20 May Gemini Call 0906 650 5432 21 May-20 June Cancer Call 0906 650 5433 21 June-22 July Leo Call 0906 650 5434 23 July-22 August Virgo Call 0906 650 5435 23 August-22 September Libra Call 0906 650 5436 23 September-22 October Scorpio Call 0906 650 5437 23 October-21 November Sagittarius Call 0906 650 5438 22 November-21 December Capricorn Call 0906 650 5439 22 December-19 January Aquarius Call 0906 650 5440 20 January-18 February Pisces Call 0906 650 5441 19 February-20 March Libra Call 0906 650 5436 23 September-22 October Jonty Clark LiteCrossword Splitpersonality Can you work out the name of the famous person from these pictures? Others dont have the clarity you do. In fact, unless they were also born under the rather precise Virgo, its unlikely theyll be as discerning as you are. So they may not even have noticed the problems you regard as so obvious, and therefore will have done nothing about them. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of actress Freida Pinto. Answers below Scribblepad ARIES 0906 8336 504 TAURUS 0906 8336 505 GEMINI 0906 8336 506 CANCER 0906 8336 507 LEO 0906 8336 508 VIRGO 0906 8336 509 LIBRA 0906 8336 510 SCORPIO 0906 8336 511 SAGITTARIUS 0906 8336 512 CAPRICORN 0906 8336 501 AQUARIUS 0906 8336 502 PISCES 0906 8336 503 Foryourmonthlyforecastcall: Calls cost 60p per minute. The astro-line horoscopes are updated every Friday Live Astrology: Now you can speak to one of Shelleys professional astrologers live. Call 09064 001016* for a one-to-one consultation with Britains finest astrologers. Or send a text with any question you may need guidance with. 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