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Group those nine words into three triples, then rearrange the letters within each group to find this week's three thematically connected answers, each of three words.

A copy of the new Chambers-Larousse Desktop Encyclopedia will be awarded to the first correct answer opened on 13 December. Entries to: Saturday Pastimes, the Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.

18 November answer:

The question was: "How many squares are there on a chessboard if you include those of every size?" The answer is 204. Winner: Richard Heighton