STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Wednesday, 26 August 2009 29 Intheright-handpictureChristineseyeshadowispink,thesilvertassels onherdressarebigger,herhandishiddenbyherskirt,thesplitinher dressstartslowerdownandthelightsononeofthestepsaremissing No sign is better at waging a verbal battle elegantly. You sometimes manage to disagree with such grace that others dont even realise theyre being confronted. Now, however, that kind of subtlety will only confuse matters. If youre anything less than forthright in expressing your views, youll run into problems later. Watching an arrangement youve struggled with slip away is all the more galling because it seems so unfair. But ask a few questions and face a few facts, and youll realise that youve overlooked hints there was something amiss for ages. Actually, this will tend to turn out for the better. Ordinarily, youd assume that when others are uptight or in an edgy mood, either it will pass or theyd discuss whats bothering them. However, because they dont actually understand whats wrong themselves, youll need to work together to discover the source of their feelings and to find a solution for these problems. This is no time for diplomatic discussions. If youre upset with somebody, you must make your views known, precisely and immediately. The main problem is, you wont necessarily know who to address, which means asking lots of questions before you manage to get your message across. Theres discussion of changes that would influence elements of your day-to-day existence and various obligations and, obviously, youre not enthusiastic. At least explore them. What you learn, about both evolving circumstances and the intriguing ideas of others, could make those changes more interesting and attractive. Standing by while close friends or loved ones struggle with problems isnt easy. But youve already tried to lend a hand, and it has only complicated matters. While they may be wrong, the only way theyll learn is from experience. Back off, and allow whatever must happen to unfold. Once issues with others were nothing more than differing views. But over time theyve become increasingly serious, and as theres no diplomatic way round them, youre concerned. You neednt be. The solution is simple, but it involves a variety of bluntness you usually try to avoid. Sometimes when youre making plans, a vague concept is all thats needed. However, one particular situation youre contending with involves practical and financial matters, and these require that you begin with a precise approach and demand it of others too. Explain what youre dealing with and theyll happily comply. The time has come to stand up to somebody who recently has turned into something of a bully. The difficulty is they dont currently realise this. Gently, but firmly, confront them, listing situations in which theyve been unreasonable, and theyll be forced to acknowledge that youre right. Facts may be facts, but the attitude of one or two individuals toward certain tricky situations is so narrow-minded that you despair of finding a solution everybody can live with. You may win them round eventually, but youll have to persist in discussing your suggestions, gently but firmly over a period of days. Somebody seems to think theyre not only better informed about certain matters, but that their superior knowledge gives them the right to tell you what to do. The problem is, in this instance they actually are more up-to-date than you. Whether you want to allow that to influence your decisions is entirely your choice. Answer:prune-l-hare-scales(actressPrunellaScales) No 624 ACROSS 1. Forerunner (11) 9. Pinch (3) 10. Clock (9) 11. Proposal (5) 13. Copy (7) 14. Misanthropes (6) 16. Selfish person (6) 18. Long curl (7) 19. Compact (5) 20. Get rid of (9) 21. In the past (3) 22. In turn (11) DOWN 2. Slash (3) 3. Put off (5) 4. Perpetrate (6) 5. Young tree (7) 6. At work (9) 7. Not anxious (11) 8. Hatred (11) 12. Monetary (9) 15. Clash (7) 17. Reach (6) 19. Handle (5) 21. Everybody (3) Yesterdays solution No 623 Across 1 Pert; 3 Preserve; 9 Erasers; 10 Trite; 11 Schoolmaster; 13 Raffle; 15 Falter; 17 Discourteous; 20 Ennui; 21 Verbose; 22 Ordinary; 23 Grit. Down 1 Pleasure; 2 Reach; 4 Resume; 5 Satisfactory; 6 Raiment; 7 Ewer; 8 Recollection; 12 Prospect; 14 Feigned; 16 Quiver; 18 Odour; 19 Zero.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? 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