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From page 12 Saturday, November 15 – Holiday Fair – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parish Center, 35 School Street, Littleton. All kinds of tempting treasures & treats for everyone on your holiday list. Raffle & Silent Auction. Children’s activity table, Holiday Wreaths, Food & Baked Goods, Gourmet Items and Books. Check out the Men’s Table for items not found anywhere else. Café open from 11:00am to 1:30pm. Coffee and donuts available for early birds. 603-444-3414 or allstslittleton@allsts.org. Saturday, November 15 – Free Energy Workshop – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Profile School, Bethlehem. The free workshop will spotlight ways home owners or renters can improve the energy efficiency. Sponsored by: Ammonoosuc Energy Committee, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, Public Service of New Hampshire, North Country Home Builders and Remodelers Association, and Building Alternatives, Inc. The workshop will include booths with information on energy efficient methods and short seminars covering topics such as saving energy without any real cost, the purpose and value of an energy audit, a comparison of different types of insulation, replacing and sealing windows, how to receive energy rebates, finance energy renovations, and discussions on solar, wind, and geothermal energy. 603-823-5100. Saturday, November 15 – Spaghetti Dinner – 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., Elk’s Lodge, Littleton. Spaghetti with sauce, bread, salad and homemade desserts. Adults $6.00, students and seniors $4.00 and 4 and under free. There will be a 50/50 and Bucket raffles. All proceeds to benefit: Cheer Magic All Stars. Saturday, November 15 – 3rd Annual North Country Ladies Day – 12:00 Noon (Luncheon), Advent Christian Church, 45 Lafayette Avenue, Littleton. Guest speaker Linda Illian, of Calvary Bible Church in Derry will be speaking on God’s Perfect Provisions….No Matter What!!! Lori Jo Gardner, will be sharing the Gospel through her gift of music. A $5 registration fee is required to cover costs of the luncheon and necessary materials and a love offering will be taken. 444-1012 to make your reservation. Registrations will be

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BRETTON WOODS ADAPTIVE PROGRAM – “Candy Shea, of Lisbon, NH, one of the very first Kartskiers in the US, takes to the slopes with her family during the Bretton Wood Adaptive annual fundraiser, the BWA Ski-A-Thon Blast!”For more information about the Bretton Woods Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program, please contact Sandy Olney, Program Director, at 603 278-3398. For more information about Mount Washington Resort, please call 1-877-873-0626 or visit www.mountwashingtonresort.com. accepted at the door. Saturday, November 15 – Habitat Open House – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Habitat Office, 70 Redington Street, Littleton. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate will host an Open House to showcase work being done on the Littleton office. Habitat for Humanity Ammonoosuc Region is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which this week will complete construction of its 300,000th home (in Naples, Fla.) and 300,001st home (in Zacapa, Guatemala.) Tuesday, November 18 – Keep it Simple Yoga For 12stepping Women – 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., All Saint’s Parish Hall, School Street, Littleton. Voluntary donation. Proceeds go to All Saint’s Discretionary Fund to benefit individuals in need. Sitting on the floor is NOT required, chairs available, mats provided! No registration required. Taught by a Registered Yoga Instructor. 603-616-2019 or AGTJ@msn.com. Wednesday, November 19 – Community Flu Vaccine Clinic – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., H. Taylor Caswell, Jr. Physicians’ Office Building Conference Center, LRH, Littleton. $20 per person. Individuals 18 years of age and older can receive the vaccine. LRH will submit the necessary paperwork for anyone covered by Medicare and Medicaid. For your comfort, please wear a short sleeved shirt that can be rolled up to your shoulder. While supplied last.603-4449294. Wednesday, November 19 – Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon Meeting – 7:00 p.m., Senior Center in Littleton. All About New England’s Bats is the subject of Susi von Oettengen’s, an endangered species biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, presentation. We will learn about the bat species in New England and about the White Nose Syndrome currently threatening six of the New England bat species. Handicapped accessible. 603-4446993. Wednesday, November 19 – Currier Museum of Art Program – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Roger Bilodeau Community Center, 194 Pollard Road, Lincoln. Sponsored by: The Friends of Lincoln Library (FOLL). From Anonymous to Aponovich: New Hampshire History and Art. Free. 603745-8159 to reserve a seat. Saturday, November 22 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – After the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass, Saint Rose of Lima Church, Littleton. A new access to the Church Hall will be marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We will also celebrate the completion of a repaved Church parking lot. Receptions will follow week-end Masses on both November 22 and 23. Sunday, November 23 Christian Community Thanksgiving Gathering Members of local Christian Churches will be gathering at the Littleton High School on Sunday, November 23 at 7 See page 14

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STONY BROOK CASCADE As seen by our Happy Hiker, John Compton. From page 4 reason the twisty zigzag ascent to the summit reminds me of the thrill of an amusement park ride. I get this same sensation on the descent (maybe even more so!!). But, besides the joy of the “amusement park”, it’s also rewarding to catch some impressive trailside views of the southern Presidentials while traversing the upper portions of this winding segment of trail. It’s a fun, exhilarating and sometimes intense journey to the top of this mountain, and it certainly works up an appetite! So, upon arriving at the bare, rocky ledge at the summit I was eager to take my seat at this improvised restaurant and to chow down on my exquisitely-prepared peanut butter sandwich. While savoring my sandwich, I was gazing out at a spectacular panoramic view of the majestic mountains surrounding Carrigain Notch, plus the two Sawyer Ponds as they glimmered in the sunlight. Not many restaurants offer views like this. But yes, a restaurant would most likely have a menu that offered selections a bit more exotic than a peanut butter sandwich! Just as a side note, this trek can be further enhanced if you are experienced and equipped to go off-trail. There are a number of alternative ledges to explore not far from the main summit of Mt. Tremont. On this trip, I did a short bushwhack to one such ledge in order to get a view of Mt. Washington that’s better than what’s available at the traditional summit area. Meeting Trekkers Along the Trail: This trail gets far less use than some of the more popular trails in the Whites. However, I invariably meet at least one other person when doing this hike. This time I met two folks who were both “locals”. One had never hiked the trail before, and it had been nearly 5 years since the other person had done this trek. Oh! And how could I forget? I did meet one other trekker on my way back to the trailhead. This one was a “bear hiker” (not a “bare hiker”) who was foraging just ahead of me along the side of the trail. Just as I was slowly pulling out my camera to take a snapshot, the bear sensed something and looked over its shoulder at me. Eek! A Hiker! The bear quickly became a black blur as it ran off into the woods as fast as its paws could carry it. Maybe it was having a “bad fur day” and didn’t want to be photographed?! Or perhaps it was just me? I’m sure my “fragrance” was not overly appealing after hiking all day! BOTTOM LINE TO ALL THIS: Even though it had only been two months since I had last made the 5.6 mile round trip trek to Mt. Tremont, it was still a terrific experience to have lunch on this summit yet again! And besides the pleasant lunch, it was simply wonderful to re-experience the sights, sounds and woodsy fragrances along this trail. This visit will be enough to sustain me until the next trip. In the meantime I can reminiscence and can mentally helicopter back to this place anytime I want to do so (perhaps while eating a peanut butter sandwich!). p.m. to pray together in Thanksgiving for blessings experienced in the past year. Rev. Sam Newton, newlyinstalled pastor at the United Methodist Church in Littleton will be proclaiming a message of gratitude and hope. Local clergy are working to encourage their church members to express unity with one another. A reception and refreshments follow in the high school cafeteria. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 28 -30 - Ne w Hampshire Crafters Fair at The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm, Route 302, Bethlehem, N.H., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29 – 22nd Annual Christmas Celebrations – Littleton. Parade begins at noon Friday. Grand Marshal is Red Sox Shining Star, former Boston Braves pitcher Art Kenney. Meet Santa after the parade at All Saints Church. Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday. Littleton Chamber 603-444-6561. Saturday, November 29 – 8th Annual Craft Fair – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Carroll Town Hall, Twin Mountain (intersection of Routes 3 and 302). Admission is free. A light lunch and beverages will be available. Sponsored by the Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Historical Society. 603-846-5434.

From page 13 Saturday, November 29 - 5th Annual Country Crafters Show - 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. St. Johnsbury School. Western Ave., St.Johnsbury. 802-7484334. Thursday, December 4 – LRH Auxiliary - 26th Annual Tree of Lights Ceremony – 5:00 p.m., Littleton Regional Hospital, Café area (next to the Moose Ledge Gift Shop), Littleton. $2.00 per name is requested. A check made payable to Littleton Hospital Auxiliary and the list of memorial names may be dropped off at Littleton Regional Hospital or mailed to Mary Jane Merritt, Tree of Lights Chair, PO Box 516, Littleton, NH 03561 BY November 28, 2008. Music of the season will be shared and refreshments will be served. Benefits Littleton Regional Hospital’s Pastoral Care Program. Friday, December 5 – North Country Chorus Performance of Handel’s Messiah. – 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Littleton. Additional performances are on Saturday, December 6 in Wells River, VT, and on Sunday, December 7 in Peacham, VT. Tickets will go on sale soon for the North Country Chorus’ 28th annual Madrigal Dinner series to be held in Monroe, NH, in January. www.northcountrychorus.org. See page 15

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MOUNT WASHINGTON FROM MOUNT TREMONT As seen by our Happy Hiker, John Compton. From page 14 Saturday December 6 – Frozen Food Sale – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Parking Lot, Community House, Littleton. A fully loaded Schwan’s Frozen Food truck will be available with meat, vegetables, pizzas and ice cream. A percentage of the sale will go towards upkeep of the Littleton Community Center. 603444-5711 with questions or to pre-order. Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 - Ne w Hampshire Crafters Fair at The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm, Route 302, Bethlehem, N.N., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 - New Hampshire Crafters Fair at The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm, Route 302, Bethlehem, N.H., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 6 – Annual Community Center Open House – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Community House, 120 Main Street, Littleton. Sweets and drinks will be offered. No charge. 603-444-5711. Saturday, December 6 – Family Holiday Craft Fair – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Littleton. Old-fashioned Holiday Fair. Quality Homemade Heirloom Quilts. Huge crafts and white elephant sale. Have your picture taken with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Silent Auction. 10:00 a.m. – Christmas Concert by September Rain 603-4445606.

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AFFORDABLE AND CONVENIENT The perfect home for a retirement couple, first time home owner, or for those seeking to downsize. This 4 bdrm ranch home features river frontage, a .36 acre lot in Littleton with town water and town sewer, eat-in kitchen, large living room, and a basement with workshop area. Convenient to school, work, playground, and Main Street. Choose this affordable home for you and your family! $154,900 (#4181) CONVENIENT AND ROOMY A spacious, 3 bedroom, 24x60 Titan manufactured home set in the premier park ofFranconia. Open concept, L-shaped living rm, dining rm, and kitchen offer roomy comfort. The snug little Fox Hill Lane Park provides an instant neighborhood that is only a short walk to town, church, and shopping. Whether as a full time or part time resident, you will enjoy the easy access to I-93, Cannon Mountain skiing and all the activities of the Notch. Value priced at $46,500 (#4105)

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A while back, around Franconia
We are almost upon our seventh anniversary (The Ammonoosuc Times began publication on December 7, 2001) And we are looking back. The editor once wrote a weekly column about Franconia, where he has lived the happier half of his life. The Caledonian-Record published his stuff every Friday for a year or so. We decided to reprint them in The Times. Some names have changed and some people and businesses have disappeared, but we believe such ephemera is instructive – and often amusing. – Jim McIntosh into town and landed safely on Main Street -- with the horse standing on it. Hot air of another kind was blowing this week as election day came and went. It’s especially interesting to consider the gubernatorial results in Franconia. Two years ago, the town favored Democratic Arnesen over Republican Merrill, 287 to 284. This year voters preferred Merrill to Democrat King 266 to 113. On election night, one voter was greeted at the polls by a photographer. Abdenour Takdjerad’s friends arranged for his picture to be taken as he cast his first vote as a U.S. citizen in a general election. Trina Luce snapped the picture and Beth Edwards provided the camera. Takdjerad, an native of Algeria who became a citizen last summer, said he was delighted to be voting -- and didn’t mind the hoopla at all. By a vote of 235 to 105, Franconia voters approved a measure that will require polls to be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in future general elections. (Current hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) The expanded hours were opposed by some polling place workers who feel that the day is long enough, and that the cost of the additional hours would be exorbitant. The new hours will go into effect for the state primary election in 1996. Tax bills will be mailed by next Monday, according to selectmen’s assistant Sally Small. She calls attention to the letter from the board that will be enclosed in the bill. The letter addresses three important issues. First, people who have land in current use and live on a “homesite” on that land, will be taxed for that homesite as though it was not in CU. Also, people with contiguous undeveloped parcels will be taxed for each one as a separate homesite. These are consequences of the revaluation that the town recently underwent. Second, the increase in property taxes is primarily due to a 21.5% increase in school taxes. “The town’s portion of taxes assessed has actually dropped by 5% this year,” the Selectmen explain. Also explained is the recent legislative decision to send state and federal forest moneys “as payment in lieu of taxes” to the school district instead of to the town. Public forests comprise 65% of Franconia’s land area. Third, the board reports: “As per request of the voters at Town Meeting in March, we have used $85,000 from the town’s surplus to help offset the large increases in the 1994 school budgets thereby reducing our total tax commitment by this amount.” On Wednesday the board met with the Recreation Committee. Sally reports that Kim Cowles will be in charge of the winter recreation program. But winter recreation has its price, too. Cannon Mountain has announced its season pass prices. For a state resident, an adult pass to Cannon will be $520 this year. A midweek pass will be $320. For comparison, the 1992-3 season the prices were, respectively, $465 and $249. Mindful of these prices increases at the state-operated resort, one voter noted this week that the 424 state legislators still ski Cannon for free.

November 10, 1994
The Bungy jar could be heard this week as high winds roared through the Easton valley into Franconia. The temperature remained unseasonably warm, with only a few snow flakes appearing on Thursday, but the legendary wind was gusting noisily. It recalled a story about the Bungy jar that the late Sarah Welch used to tell. One day when the jar was blowing, an Easton farmer noticed that his barn door had blown off and his horse had escaped. He walked all the way to Franconia and found both of the missing items in the vicinity of the post office. Witnesses swore that the door had flown

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YARN GARDEN – Owning a yarn shop for a knitter or crocheter is a dream come true. Susan Smith, co-owner of Yarn Garden, has had this dream for ten years and is finally seeing it come to fruition. Susan (right center) , the eighth-grade science teacher at Daisy Bronson Middle School, and fellow English teacher Paula Herbert (left center) , are opening Yarn Garden in the former Elephant’s Trunk at Parker’s Marketplace. The open space and wide windows offer perfect light for the specialty yarns they will be carrying. Staffing the shop when the co-owners are teaching are experienced knitters Jill Brewer (at left) , Amanda Lilley, and Joanie Smith (at right). Yarn Garden will hold classes that range from beginner to experienced: Tuesday night from 4-6 is Knit-Along with Susan, Paula, and Joanie where the knitters will choose a fingerless glove pattern and knit together; Wednesday night, Jill Brewer will offer a free Beginner Knitting class from 6 to 7:30; Thursday night Jill will offer a Sock Knitting class during that same block of time; and Saturday morning Susan will offer a free Beginning Crochet class at 10:00. A Sweater Knitting class with Amanda will be held on Sunday afternoons in January. In addition to a full range of classes, Yarn Garden will hold Yarn Tastings and sessions where knitters Knit for a Cause. The Yarn Tasting is similar to a wine tasting, but with a new selection of yarns and patterns that are available for knitting swatches. As both owners have sons who will be deployed in the coming year, the first Knit for a Cause scheduled is knitting wool helmet liners for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Yarn Garden is not just a dream come true for the owners and staff, however. Since Pearl’s, the previous yarn shop in downtown Littleton, closed, knitters, crocheters, and spinners in the Littleton area have had to travel miles for their yarns. Yarn Garden has chosen a perfect time to open a shop locally which promotes and supports the fiber arts community.

CARING TREE – In an effort to help underprivileged children in our North County community have a magical holiday, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services and Littleton Regional Hospital is supporting the 19th Annual “Caring Tree Project” This project is a joint community effort and includes support from Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Littleton Regional Hospital, Eastgate Inn, Garnet Hill, Littleton Area Rotary Club, WMTK, FCI/Burndy, Adair Inn, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank and Catholic Charities. The Caring Tree will be located in the lower atrium of Littleton Regional Hospital, decorated with tags identifying children in need by first name, age, sex, size and each child’s wish to make their holiday season a special one. LRH invites community members to choose a tag from the tree and purchase a special gift to make each child’s wish come true. Unwrapped gifts, including the tag/label, should be delivered to the Eastgate Inn on Cottage Street in Littleton from Friday, November 28th through Monday, December 8, 2008. Gifts can be dropped off at the Eastgate Inn reception desk. Anyone interested in selecting a gift tag should contact the Office of Development and Community Relations at Littleton Regional Hospital at (603) 444-9355 or 444-9304 or stop by Littleton Regional Hospital – H. Taylor Caswell, Jr. Physicians’ Office Building – the tree is located in the lower atrium. PICTURED – Front Row from left: Amy Venezia, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Lisa Walker and Rose Pelletier, FCI Burndy, Deb Ramirez, Littleton Regional Hospital, Tina Bedor, Pam Nute, Garnet Hill. Back Row From Left: Tammy Thompson, Adair Inn, Tony Poekert, Catholic Charities, Lisa Mackenzie, Eastgate Inn. Missing from the picture Gail Clark, Littleton Regional Hospital, Paula Clagg, The Notch, and Mary Ann Langdon, LRH. HABITAT OPEN HOUSE – (from left) Life Bridge Area Director Dave Coronato, Habitat for Humanity Ammonoosuc Region Board Member and Construction Committee Chair John Starr and White Mountains Christian Church Pastor Jim Anan assess church space that will house local Habitat and Life Bridge mentoring offices. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate will host an Open House on Saturday, November 15, from 11 am to 1 pm, to showcase work being done on the office at 70 Redington Street, Littleton. Habitat for Humanity Ammonoosuc Region is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which this week will complete construction of its 300,000th home (in Naples, Fla.) and 300,001st home (in Zacapa, Guatemala.)

SHAW’S GRAND RE-OPENING – On October 31, Shaw’s Supermarket unveiled an array of store improvements. Attending the celebration (l-r) were Vice President Mountain Region Mike Goulart, Senior Vice President Retail Operations Tom Vesey, Moose, Store Director Michelle Aubut, Littleton Town Manager Charles E. Connell, and President Larry Wahlstrom

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COMICS, PUZZLES & DIVERSIONS
ACROSS 1 TV host John 5 Full of oneself 9 Amontillado container 13 Beseeched 17 Nile feature 18 In good health 19 "- Without Love" ('68 hit) 20 Sanctuary 22 Hood's handle 23 Admiral Zumwalt 24 Tiny part of a second 25 Wagner work 26 Annealing oven 27 Flagon filler 28 Newspaper 30 Take-home 31 Start of a remark 35 Ring stat 36 Thwack 37 Compact cotton 38 "Great Expectations" character 40 Cad 42 Mythical being 44 Hateful 50 Give a little 51 Green 52 Yesterday's thresher 53 Lillian or Dorothy 54 Ivy Leaguer 55 Fancy dessert 56 First dog in space 57 Where cats congregate 58 Pie - mode 59 Lofty peak 60 Distribute the donuts 61 Keats composition 62 Middle of remark 70 Born 71 '87 Peace Prize winner 72 Solidify 73 "- Shook Up" ('57 smash) 74 Corny goddess? 77 Colossal commotion 78 Malicious to the max 80 Where rams romp 81 Bus starter? 82 Thirteen, to a baker 83 Soprano Fleming
STRANGE BUT TRUE By Samantha Weaver • It was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman who made the following sage observation: "There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers." • If you're planning a trip to the great state of Texas next summer, be sure to stop by the small town of Clute in late July. You wouldn't want to miss the Great Mosquito Festival, which features a Mosquito Legs Contest and a Mosquito Calling Contest. It makes you wonder, though: How exactly do you call a mosquito? • Statistics show that widows outnumber widowers by a ratio of 5 to 1. • Holstein cows are known to be prolific milkers. A good heifer can produce her own weight in milk in just a couple of weeks. • Soup is often served as a first course in Western cuisine, but if you travel to China and eat traditional meals, you're more likely to have it as the last course. • Are you ambisinister? Don't worry, it's just a fancy way of saying that you're clumsy with both hands. The literal meaning is "with two left hands" -- the manual equivalent of having two left feet. • It's been reported that gangster Al Capone paid, in today's dollars, upward of $300,000 in bribes every week. • More interesting collective nouns: A group of moles is known as a "labor," a flock of turtledoves is called a "pitying" and a school of jellyfish is known as a "smack." • The French once raised domesticated beavers as a food source. ••• Thought for the Day: "Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones." -- Bertrand Russell (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.
1. U.S. GOVERNMENT: Seat belts were required to be added to cars as standard equipment in what year? 2. HISTORY: The ancient Inca empire was centered in which South American country? 3. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What kind of creature is a newt? 4. RELIGION: In what year was the original Nicene Creed adopted? 5. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase "sine qua non" mean? 6. GEOGRAPHY: In which U.S. state is the Acadia National Park located? 7. THEATER: Who also is known as "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"? 8. MOVIES: What was the name of the town in the vampire movie "The Lost Boys"? 9. TELEVISION: What was the name of Phyllis Lindstrom's husband in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"? 10. LITERATURE: The character of Isabel Archer appears in which Henry James novel?

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15 Happening 16 Writer Walcott 17 Tyne of "Cagney & Lacey" 21 West. alliance 27 Coldest cont. 28 Audacity 29 Tevye's portrayer 32 Sneeze and wheeze 33 Superior to 34 Chip's chum 39 Infant oinker 40 "Greetings!" 41 Early computer 42 Buccaneers' headquarters 43 Spare part? 44 With 47 Down, Italian export 45 Produces pies 46 Actress Long 47 See 44 Down 48 Manipulate 49 Diffident 50 Drum din 51 Nick of "Q&A" 52 Gets on 55 Perkins role 56 "Frederica" composer 57 Mature 60 Descendant 61 Ready to reduce 63 Silverware city 64 Infirmary item 65 Went wrong 66 Snowy bird 67 "Big Three" site 68 New York city 69 - Bator 74 - au vin 75 Aussie walker 76 Cell stuff 77 Dandy

78 Hailing from Aberystwyth 79 In accord 82 Swashbuckling novelist 83 '48 Hitchcock film 84 Texas town 86 "I Love Lucy" surname 87 Tour-de-France vehicle 88 Adjectival suffix 90 Aptitude 91 Say please 92 Pound of poetry 93 Extend 94 Wrestling giant

96 Twangy 97 Commerce 98 Classical nonet 99 "Hedda Gabler" playwright 100 Club creed 101 What i.e. stands for 102 "Ora pro -" 103 Painter Paul 109 Word on a pump 111 Bowie or Bakker 112 Author Umberto 113 Cosset a corgi All Solutions on page 21


				
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