Help for puzzled puzzlers

February 18, 2006
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Help for puzzled puzzlers

Cryptic Crosswords Unmasked, by Jim Greenfield (Reed Publishing, $9.99): If you’re a puzzled puzzle fan, this might just be the perfect book for you. For the legions of cryptic crossword fans out there, uncovering the method of solving the clue is just as rewarding as finding the actual answer. However, if you’re one of...

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Spotlight on Ron Roycroft

January 28, 2006
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Spotlight on Ron Roycroft

Up to Speed: The Roycroft Years in New Zealand Racing, by Scott Thomson (Steele Roberts): New Zealand motorsport legend Chris Amon once described Ron Roycroft leading the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1957 as one of the five most significant events that helped shape motor racing in this country. The Depression, World War 2,...

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How to dodge the tax man

January 26, 2006
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How to dodge the tax man

Pay Zero Taxes, by Peter Sibbald (Reed Business, $24.99): Michael Cullen, please cover your eyes. Are we ready? No peeking now. Okay, we all pay taxes and I think it’s safe to say none of us is thrilled about it. How about paying no taxes? Peter Sibbald claims he can have us Kiwis doing...

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Know your blokes

January 21, 2006
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Know your blokes

The Spotter’s Guide to the Male Species, by Juliette Wills (Random House, $22.95): Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe may have tried to convince us diamonds are a girl’s best friend but she was wrong. This little book is truly a girl’s best friend. Inspired by the classic bird-spotter’s bibles of the past, this little pocket...

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Sir Peter Blake’s message lives on

August 7, 2004
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Sir Peter Blake’s message lives on

The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake, edited by Alan Sefton (Penguin, RRP $30): Genuine, true blue adventurers aren’t exactly a dime dozen but here in New Zealand we seem to have more than our fair share. There was Sir Ed with his mountaineering and tractor-driving escapades, Charles Upham’s bravery and grit. And, of...

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User-friendly computer tips and advice

October 18, 2002
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It’s never too late to love a computer, by Abby Stokes (Bookreps NZ, $34.95) Written with the newbie in mind, It’s Never Too Late to Love a Computer is a straightforward guide to getting started with a computer. The information on how to choose the best computer for your needs is well put together...

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When the cat’s away …

September 5, 0201
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When the cat’s away …

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton (Bloomsbury, RRP $29) Author Caroline Paul has drawn on the real-life experience of having her moggy companion Tibula, also known as Tibby, go walkabout to produce a cute and quirky tale. Incidentally, Tibby’s feline sibling is named...

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