Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Competition puzzles


Another set of perplexing mixed doubles:

Her land curios torment Hurd's sows

Those six words hide three related one-word answers, each formed by rearranging the letters in two of the words. Literacy

Which three-letter word can precede each of the following to form a longer word?



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 100

Can you insert the usual signs, + - x and brackets, to make the sum correct? (An old puzzle, but still fun.)

A prize of the Larousse Desk Reference Encyclopedia will be awarded to the sender of the first correct set of answers to all three puzzles to be drawn on 7 November.

Entries should be sent to: Saturday Pastimes, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

12 October answers:

: Pterodactyl (protect lady), Stegosaurus (August roses), Velociraptor (vertical poor).

Literacy: George Orwell, Animal Farm.

Numeracy: 13 feet.

Winner: Mrs S R Peters (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire).