LAST WEEK'S CROSSWORD
Across: 7 Eavesdropping, 8 Schema, 9 Sickie, 10 Jamaica, 12 Excel, 14 Adata, 16 Measure, 19 Steely, Remedy, 22 Colloquialism. Down: 1 Calc, 2 Genera, 3 Advance, 4 6 Engineer, 11 Audition, 13 Terrain, 15 Sample, 18 MySQL, 21 Dash. DISCLAIMER The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Every care is taken to ensure that the contents of the magazine are accurate but the publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors. While reasonable care is taken when accepting advertisements, the publishers cannot accept any responsibility for any resulting unsatisfactory transactions. Dealing with Christmas, certainly at the ages most of the Micro Mart team are, is largely about denying one’s natural instincts and understanding that it’s Not All About You. As such, not only do we have to put aside our natural state of humbuggishness (see last week’s Disclaimer for more details) in order to rustle up the requisite bonhomie the season 20
Boost, 5 SpaceX, Treble, 17 demands, we also have to accept the reality that we’re probably not going to get what we want. Our coping mechanism for this is to condition ourselves to accept that socks are a handy necessity, shower gel useful, Jamie Oliver cookbooks good for sticking under monitors to raise them to a comfortable height, Christmas bonuses a non-starter, a peaceful and/or prosperous new year unlikely until the kids finish University in 2025 (and then only slightly less unlikely), the January sales just around the corner, and our significant others don’t know about the money we squirrelled away for that VR headset earlier in the year. Oh, did we say that last bit out loud..? We did..? Okay, well, hopefully you don’t know our significant other and we can trust you not to give away our little secret... More Stollen, Vicar?