1. Well done Jacquie, just done your puzzle in Chat. I got one printed a while ago. Will look and see if I saved it, usually cut out anything I won in the past. Mags are keeping me busy whilst stuck indoors.

    • Glad you could do it. Well done to you too for having one printed. I agree, magazines are a great pick me up whilst stuck indoors, the time soon passes. Am lucky enough to have dog to walk and blue tits nesting in garden too. Good luck . Jacquiex

  2. Well done to Jacquie who had her own puzzle printed in Chat issue 15. Lovely to see familiar names appear in mags. Enjoy your reward when it arrives.

  3. Well done Lynda good letter, I have loads to say, how do I write to this. Is it on facebook.

  4. Well done to our Lynda Strong, who appeared on page 11 That’s Life
    Last week. Winning £50 for her contribution, which I think was well put together.

  5. Daughter got me my 5 mags which I said I was never going to buy again. Chat, thats life, take a break, love it, we call it hate it, and real people, just started on chat but did some ironing, the iron still works, also think I have mastered crochet. I miss going shopping and on line deliveries impossible, thank heavens for the mags. OH is planting corgettes and cucumber seeds and moaning as i threw all the old seeds away, and he has hidden the rolling pin. Library shut no books to read, maybe buy a kindle or whatever. Moan over for today.

    • If you are a member of a library, or if you are not a member of a library, you could join up. If you have Kindle, ipad, computer, phone you have access to some free e-magazines, ebooks and audio books for free. If you are not already accessing this facility I can recommend it.

    • Phyllis Middleton

      If you use amazon you can download a free app for reading Kindle ebooks on
      your laptop. You can also download some free Kindle books from Amazon

  6. Oh Sandra,
    Thanks for flagging that up!.
    Lovely to see a Deany user in print, and the £25 will surely pay for the wine- (even if not the whole shopping!).
    Well done.

  7. Daughter got Chat for me today, and other mags as self isolating. So if anyone is interested see picture on page 5 of me on the left. Didnt print the picture of us both as bridesmaids at my sisters wedding when we were 16. Both called Sandra, cheered up my day to see it in print. Also daughter managed to get all my shopping and wine, so we will eat well tonight. Will start on the puzzles later.

    • Thanks for sharing Sandra, a lovely story too. Great to have a friendship lasting a life time.

    • I agree as well.There is no need for rudeness. Everyone who posts answers are doing us a favour and so should be thanked and not criticised.

      Good luck everyone. Stay safe and well and special thanks to Deany who does the hard bit.

  8. Iam very grateful for all of you who put the answers to the mags I look at them to check to see if they correspond with mine I enjoy doing the comps every week so thank you and keep up the good work Keep safe

  9. Agree, people should be more polite, and tolerant. If they are that desperate for answers that they are moaning or demanding? let them get off their butts, put their hands in the pockets and actually buy the magazines themselves.
    I for one am always grateful for any help I am given especially with some puzzles, like Diabolical and Find my Cat. (If I had my way? i’d send that darn cat to the vets to have a microchip and a tracker on it lol.)
    I for one hope our magazines will still be available week in week out, especially in these worrying times.
    I will apologuise in advance as my answers will be posted late each week, as my husband has just been released from hospital following major surgery and also because of ages we are on a 3 month lock down, so are dependent on family and friends for our shopping.
    Wishing you all good comping Karma….
    Stay well & stay safe everyone…..

  10. I agree with Margaret, people should be grateful and polite. Some people dont seem to buy the mag or do the puzzles but just moan. It is great to get help when one gets stuck or goes wrong. Thanks to everyone that posts their answers, you are brilliant and very quick.

  11. Has anyone else noticed that there are some postings on the site, which to me are downright rude, seeming to demand the answers to some of the competitions if they are not on the page they look at, and making me as a weekly contributor feel like I am being hurried along to get the answers down in writing!!
    If any of the regular posters think I am being unreasonable I apologise.
    Hope we can still carry on and get our magazines in the present climate, and carry on enjoying our hobby ( and perhaps winning something nice!!)

    • Yes, I agree Margaret, where did all the manners go? Do everything at your own pace and only if you want to xx

    • Well said Margaret. I don’t pretend to buy all the magazines listed and am grateful for those who post. You will see I regularly point people to where to find the answers in the side tabs, but it does frustrate me that some people don’t go looking for them in the obvious place or as you say demand answers. Stay safe. You too Deany.

    • you and all the contributors are doing a great job ,let the rude ones go over your head ,keep up the great work ,enjoy what you do ,take care & keep safe ,money and prizes arnt everything ,health is wealth .

  12. Hope everone managed to get their mags today, need something if we are all indoors.

  13. Suggested answers for Chat Puzzles 8
    Puzzle 1 ~ Page 8 ~ 2493
    Puzzle 2 ~ Page 8 ~ Danish
    Puzzle 3 ~ Page 8 ~ Red
    Puzzle 4 ~ Page 10 ~ 4C
    Puzzle 5 ~ Page 15 ~ Owned Rabbits
    Puzzle 6 ~ Page 23 ~ Tame
    Puzzle 7 ~ Page 23 ~ Clash
    Puzzle 8 ~ Page 23 ~ Saskatoon
    Puzzle 9 ~ Page 23 ~ Aberystwyth
    Puzzle 10 ~ Page 26 ~ Darren
    Puzzle 11 ~ Page 26 ~ 342
    Puzzle 12 ~ Page 26 ~ Teak
    Puzzle 13 ~ Page 30 ~ Sean
    Puzzle 14 ~ Page 32 ~ Atlantis
    Puzzle 15 ~ Page 32 ~ Crete
    Puzzle 16 ~ Page 32 ~ Shrek
    Puzzle 17 ~ Page 36 ~ Burbot
    Puzzle 18 ~ Page 46 ~ Colorado
    Hope these are right ~ Good luck to all

  14. you are always helpful to check the answers

  15. Could someone please advise me if I’m inputting my answers correctly ?. Eg do you put Lenny Henry or LennyHenry. It’s just that I have been entering weekly for 20 years and haven’t won anything 😂

  16. Deany, what has happened to the Magazines tab at the top of your site? Did you know it has vanished, hope it’s not been blown away with all this wind and rain…..have managed to get into it by going on your home page and searching xx

  17. Lynda, just got Whats on TV, and the letter page, have your say, £10 for every letter or rant and £25 for star letter. Hope this gives you a clue, all old copies recycled.

  18. Hi Compers, I received a cheque for £10 today. Its from Bauer, but unspecifies which mag. I’ve been racking my brains, and the only thing I can think of that I’ve contributed recently is a letter emailed to Tv Choice, and What’s On Tv, though I don’t know if WOTV is Bauer too. I know its a long shot, but if anyone has old TV Choice mags that haven’t gone out in the recycling yet, is my name in there? Thanks xxxx

    • Congratulations , I hate it when this happens, the magazine would
      be almost 2 months ago (it normally takes 6 weeks from the entry,) but
      having said that I have found by the time my names appears I have
      spent that cheque lol
      I don’t know of any magazine that pays £10 least is normally about
      I think with the TVChoice you can write requesting a list of the

      Good luck

  19. Thanks Julie, Merry Christmas to you too xx

  20. Happy Christmas from me as well Deany. Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf. Good Luck for 2020 too. I hope you are successful!

  21. Many thanks Ron. Much appreciated.Best of luck to you.

  22. Thanks Lynda, Best wishes to you too for Christmas & New year 😀 get that comping head back on and see if you can be really lucky in 2020 😉🤞Good Luck xx

  23. Hi Ron, thank you for your info regarding Take a Break entries which you posted a month ago, but I’ve only just noticed today lol. Not entered any comps regularly for months, bar the odd one here and there. That’s really good that everyone has the same chance, as I do tend to think entering by post or text has the best chance. Have you noticed that a lot of mags have taken away the postal option? Bella and Tv Choice as well as That’s Life We love Puzzles are a few, also the mini Tab puzzle books no longer have a coupon.

    I’m going to start entering regularly again, many thanks again for the info, the very best of luck to you, and Merry Christmas! xxx

    • Hi Lynda, yes I have noticed more and more are text or on line entries.
      I guess that’s future now, but it is wrong because there are still many people who don’t have smart phones or internet.
      I hope you have a lovely Christmas and keep trying your luck.

  24. Thanks Lulu, i was just wondering why this hadn’t been put on the That’s life page. Hope you have a nice weekend too. Getting nearer now isn’t it. Shops will be hectic then deserted after Xmas.

  25. Yes on Bauer Media which is loads of Magazines & Radio stations it is supposed to be if you win, you and no one else in your household is meant to be allowed to win for 6 months.

  26. I think that is only Bauer. I can’t see anything similar on Hearst’s T&C’s or IT Media’s (although I did read them quickly). Bauer do Winits.

  27. that’s the luck of the draw ?
    I won three time consecutive months with a magazine, alas the
    magazine stopping publication after 5 or six months, I have
    often wondered was I the only one buying it or doing the crossword.

  28. Thank you, Ron, for the inside information from Take A Break. They must receive thousands of entries for each puzzle so it’s really luck of the draw. In true Strictly style – keep on comping!!

  29. TAB Feedback (

    12 Nov at 09:35

    Hi Ron,

    Thank you for contacting Take a Break and for your interest in our competitions.

    This is how our draws are done: winners are randomly picked from all the entries received via all four routes of entry by the closing date. The number of winners required from each route is calculated by computer to ensure that all entrants have a fair and equal chance of winning. Your chance of winning is exactly the same regardless of how early or late you submit your entry, or where you live (provided it’s within the areas specified in our rules).

    Postal entries are processed by one independent handling house; SMS, phone and online by another. Both handling houses have security checks in place to prevent draws taking place before the closing dates, and our own system is designed to prevent any manipulation of the draw processes and to ensure that every entry is considered.

    Prizes are drawn in order of value, and the first correct entry out of the draw is the winner. You can enter as many or as few competitions in the magazine as you like, although the more you enter the better your chances of winning.

    We only accept one competition entry per user, per issue for our competitions. Any additional entries will not be counted.

    I do hope this gives you some understanding of what happens to your entries, and we wish you the best of luck with all our competitions.

    Many thanks,

    Charlotte Partis-Nelson

    Readers’ Service Department

    • Really good information thanks for sharing this with us all Ron 👍😀

    • Thanks for this Ron. I always wondered how winners are picked, and when I should send my entries. I haven’t won in a long time but have been lucky a few times, the best two being £1001 In Chat and a holiday to Majorca in That’s Life. Distant memory now, but I keep on trying. Good luck to you X

    • thank you for the information, been doing competitions over 20 years and won once 2 years ago on Chat mag £150

  30. the best site ever for giving us friends and suggested answers!!!

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