STARS&PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN Intheright-handpicture,Daniellesjacketislonger,thereisanextra buttononhertop,oneofhertrouserlegsisshorter,thereisanextra2 inthebackgroundandoneofthelogosisupsidedown Most Librans believe that you can achieve considerably more with charm than confrontation. Under ordinary circumstances that might be true. However, at the moment youre dealing with somebody whos oblivious to your efforts to be gracious. If you want to make a point, you must be more direct, if not downright blunt. Obviously you want the best for loved ones. But sometimes that means allowing them to get it wrong and learn from their mistakes. Any concerns you voice might not be well-received. From where others stand, your anxieties dont make sense. Or theyll simply ignore you. Just when you thought things were settling down, further changes are shaking up the plans youve worked hard to organise. Tedious as this is, once you look at them in depth, youll realise that others ideas or unexpected twists are actually breakthroughs. The more you explore them, the more promise youll see. It was only recently that you realised the degree to which youve moved on from certain ideas and objectives you once regarded as central. Now that you have, its time to examine your priorities and consider whether several of them need to be altered, if not completely transformed. Talking to those closest, its usually only necessary to say something once and thats that. However, certain issues youre currently considering arent just complex, those concerned would rather not deal with them. Instead of discussing them all at once, tackle them gradually, listen, and introduce points one by one. Because Mercury has been retrograde in your opposite sign of Virgo, which accents close partners, youve watched others struggle with a variety of difficulties. Within a few days it resumes forward motion. Dont help them to tidy up the resulting chaos. Its their responsibility. After lengthy discussions began to verge on more serious disputes, you started to worry youd never win one particularly stubborn individual over to your way of thinking. Now, suddenly, theyve adopted an unexpectedly co-operative attitude. Theyll tell you why when theyre ready. Sometimes those who simply refuse even to discuss new ideas or potential changes respond better to gentle persistence. At the moment that would not only be unwise, the individual in question could be lulled into thinking you agree with them. The more forthright you are, the more swiftly theyll realise you mean business. Theres a difference between not actually telling a lie and allowing somebody to operate under a false impression. True, they jumped to their own conclusion but you didnt correct them. Now that events are forcing you to make things clear and accurate youve some fast talking to do. You loathe endless discussions about situations that are likely to resolve themselves anyway. However, others insist that talking these through is essential. Actually, theyre right but not for the reasons they think. These exchanges ensure everybody stays updated on all developments, which is vital at times like this. Its true that the retrograde Mercury can lead to mistakes that could result in chaos. However, those mistakes are about to reveal undetected errors from the past. This not only gives you a chance to correct them before they cause real problems, but also youll find yourself being thankful that Mercury was retrograde. Answer:mac-ear-veil-e(philosopherMachiavelli) No 644 ACROSS 1. Private (12) 7. Let (5) 8. Watery (5) 9. Small child (3) 10. Impostor (9) 11. Modern (6) 12. Current (6) 15. Postponed (9) 17. Donkey (3) 18. Leeway (5) 19. Implied (5) 21. Reproof (12) DOWN 1. Revokes (12) 2. Sick (3) 3. Envelop (6) 4. Arranged in columns (9) 5. Ward off (5) 6. Broadcast (12) 7. Caper (5) 10. Director of orchestra (9) 13. Precise (5) 14. Seize (6) 16. Sap (5) 20. Tin (3) Yesterdays solution No 643 Across 4 Account; 8 Airman; 9 Inflate; 10 Astute; 11 Regard; 12 Encircle; 18 Positive; 20 Patent; 21 Bridal; 22 Faction; 23 Relish; 24 Repress. Down 1 Palaver; 2 Protect; 3 Matter; 5 Congress; 6 Oblige; 7 Nature; 13 Captious; 14 Disdain; 15 Wealthy; 16 Manage; 17 Better; 19 Israel.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 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. Text LITE (space) plus your date of birth and question to 87776.** Our gifted astrologers will send back an answer. Services are for entertainment only. *Calls cost 1.50 per min from BT landlines. Service open Mon-Sun 9am- midnight. All calls are recorded and regulated by ICSTIS. You must be 18 or over. Readings are for guidance only. **Text service available across all networks. Each message received costs 1.50 plus normal network charges. Helpline: 0845 270 8302. Service provided by Telecom Express Ltd, W1B 2AG. Splitpersonality Can you work out the name of the historical figure from these pictures? Everybody is struggling with the confusion that accompanies Mercurys retrograde cycle. However, because its your ruling planet, and is actually positioned in Virgo, youre facing particular difficulties. Tough as these are, what you learn more than justifies the time and trouble. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of model Danielle Dwyer. 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 Andifitsyourbirthday... Comedian Jack Dee celebrates his 47th birthday today WHILE this is a challenging period, dont let that mean you neglect those people and pleasures that make life worth living. Theres a temptation to put these off until things are on a more even keel. But actually, its who and what you enjoy that will restore your spirits. 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