Happy New Year everyone

Here’s hoping for a positively Healthy Covid free 2021

The country is broke, many businesses and people have lost so much (including me I’m teetering on the edge) but we are the lucky ones, we are still here, all those lost lives worldwide its heartbreaking. Let’s not moan about what we can’t do let’s get on with our new lives and enjoy every precious day doing whatever makes us happy, stay safe, stay healthy, stay at home as much as you can. Be nice, be kind, help one another xx


Thank you to everyone who contributes to the magazine pages. You are all fantastic. I’m so busy in the shop at the moment that I don’t always get chance to read your comments fully until many hours later. I apologise now for the delay in approving them, i could turn the ‘approval needed’ off but then the comments box would just fill with spam.
I love that you have formed this little community full of like minded people that are kind and friendly and are able to help or advise each other, it gives me a warm feeling to know that it started here 🙂


  1. Can anyone answer a question for me? I have decided to subscribe to Take a Break and that’s life and was advised that this would commence with Issue 30, that’s this week. It’s Friday and the postman has been and still no magazines. I’m angry. Who do I make a complaint to, does anyone know. I would love any help you can give. Thanking everyone in advance.

  2. BEST ISSUE 22 C/D 11 JUNE




    Across: 1. Pork Pie 5. Arson 9. Risotto 10. Dossier 11. Overlook 12. Switch 15. Corkscrew 16. Tango
    17. Arena 19. Partridge 21. Pepper 22. Idealist
    25. Gorilla 27. Nankeen 28. Egret 29. Stepney

    Down: 1. Pasteur 2. Rattlesnake 3. Photograph
    4. Eddy 5. Ass 6. Stilton 7. North Pole 8 Argo
    13. Water Cannon 14. Sword Dance 15. Champagne
    18. Emperor 20. Drive By 23. Tuna 24. Eats
    26. Let

  4. Hi everyone! Hope you are all keeping safe and well, I haven’t been posting on here for a while, as have been taking a break from puzzling. Recently decided to start sending competition entries in again, and was thrilled when I had a letter printed in That’s Life the Thursday before last. Thanks to Jacquie for telling me this, as I had not realised I was in the mag, so it was a lovely surprise. I haven’t sent anything else in for the moment, however I am still entering online competitions for the weekly mags every week. Best of luck to you all, hope your postmen/women will bring you surprises in the post!

    Lynda xxx

    • Well done Lynda!!
      Best of luck to you too.

    • Thanks for good wishes Lynda. Surprised you haven’t received more messages from those who remember you, like Sheila , Donna and Marie to name but a few. May I repeat Jason’s message, good luck to you too and welcome back.x

    • Hi Lynda
      l wondered where you had been hiding ha !!!! Well done at having your letter published. Glad to hear you are going to start entering comps again, l missed you. Only just seen this post, l go on this site most days. l ‘m still comping, but not won anything since that big win with That Life in April 2020 which you can probably remember. lm not complaining love entering. Take Care Sheila

  5. Hi everyone, my name came up in the winners list of Love It! For issue number780. I hadn’t heard anything, so sent them an email 12 days ago, but not heard anything from them. We are now on issue 790, ive won a few prizes from other magazines but normally get a letter from them within a couple of weeks. Has anyone else won from Love It! Magazine.

    • hi fellow comper i havent won from love it yet , but had conversation with real people magazine this week and they said there letters and winnings are taking up to 12 weeks to dispatch due to covid ,perhaps love it the same

      • Thank you Toby, managed to get hold of them this week, said cheque was sent out March 30, so have cancelled that one and sending me another.

  6. Didnt win any money but My Weekly mag, issue 5568, did print my email re Sir Tom Moore, page 5. Also missing links give 2 £25 prizes, havent won but enjoy doing it.

    • Sorry you didn’t win anything for your email. Funnily enough, they emailed me the other day to say I would appear on All About You page dated 17 April. I sent them an email too with photo of my dear pooch Lily.
      I love the missing links puzzle too, but don’t get My Weekly each week due to price. Wow, also appeared in TAB this week under Health and Beauty ( what’s that!) page! All letters are worth sending . Enjoy 😉 Easter. Jacquie x

      • Will be interested to read TAB, next door may get it for me, or I will buy it. Think I will send off my moaning book about OH, ha, ha. Hes moaning today about mags and me tapping on the tablet.

        • You could put one of your moans in Rant, I take it Oh is your husband. I know the feeling well when you are either told off for getting online or getting too many mags! Good luck.x

  7. Thank you everyone xx


    Crossword Answer: DRURY LANE


    C/D 9th APRIL

  9. Can anyone tell me on here the quickest and very good
    website i can put onmy answers, to try and see if my answers tally please.

  10. Hi has anybody had problems logging on to chat I have been trying for 2 day says my details are wrong

    • Mine too. I had pop up saying password compromised so tried to reset, but it’s not working and link from email doesn’t either. Tried to create another account but that doesn’t work either. Although I was able to do answers on another email I use for sending in my 90 year old mother’s answers. Very confusing

  11. I have had the odd small cash prizes here and there over the years (up to £100) but the only major win I have had was the £1000 crossword in Chat magazine and that was about 3 years ago.

  12. I don’t know about anyone else, but there has been no magazines delivered to shops in my area (North Nottinghamshire) due to problems with the pressing / printing machines and should be in the shops tomorrow..

  13. I’v been doing all sorts of competitions for some time,had a few minor wins,the best big win was an all inclusive holiday in Barbados and another was two thousand pounds,but haven,t had any luck for some time,there are a lot of good folk like ourselves taking part so it,s just a matter of luck,keep trying everyone and good luck,stay safe.

    • I’ve been doing comps for many years and won many prizes including a holiday to the Canadian Rockies but most of the prizes were pre internet.There were less entries because you had to send a postcard and/or write a punch line.Now all you have to do is press a button and you have entered.So obviously there are hundreds of thousands of entries for each competition meaning the chances of winning are less but someone has to win so just keep pressing the button and hope the long white envelope drops through your door soon.Remember you have to be in it to win it.Good luck.

      • I’ve also been doing competitions for a long time – all different types over 30 years. The heyday of competitions was in the late 80s/90s when you could pick up entry forms in supermarkets etc and you had to use your brain to enter. Many of the comps had to include a tin label or a receipt! My best win was a car from Woman magazine – also used to win 1 or 2 prizes each month including a cooker, tumbledrier. microwave, books, money etc. It was very satisfying doing research (with books!) to find an answer or to work on a tiebreaker. Like you say, today you just push a button and Google for the answer – no brain power needed. So sad. But I will keep on entering as it’s my blood!

      • Those were the days when you needed postcards and cutting up the cornflake boxes or old birthday cards when you ran out !! and then the joy of the Long white envelope dropping through the letter box.

        • Lovely memories of cutting up birthday cards to use as postcards and on the lookout for the postman with a LWE! When shop receipts were needed to enter a comp (not itemised, just the price) I used to get my children to check the trolleys to see if anyone had left any behind that I could use!

  14. I have doing Take a Break puzzles since the beginning 1990 and have never won anything . Anyone else the same.

    • since the 70s i have never won on take a break im 80 this week maybe my luck will chage

    • I’ve done almost every competition since issue 1 and never won a prize as such….. did get a free bottle of shampoo though an advert in the magazine. I still hope one day my luck will change. I enjoy doing the competitions to keep my brain active. Hope yours does too.

    • I won a portable TV and video player from the first issue so it got me hooked.
      I have won a couple of smallish cash prizes from them.
      It’s funny how it goes like this. There are other sites that I have done for years and won nothing.

    • I entered from day 1. Only missed about 2 issues when couldn’t get it in Spain. Won £100 years ago. I now enter online as do my family been a few £50 & £100 some from Thats Life. Have never won their bigger prizes.

    • Yes I am the very same it would be nice to win something

    • I’ve won a few things over the years, the biggest two were £1001 in Chat and a holiday to Menorca with spending money in That’s Life.

    • arrh, iv been doing since 1992, won once 1996, won bath towel , every week I do every competition, keep trying good for mind,

    • I’ve not but years ago when I was in school a friends mum won, my Nan won £3k last year and my auntie won a holiday to Bali in 2019 all I take a break so that’s three people I’ve know. They have both been doing the magazine each week for years though but I’ve started now as I know people do win. I believe they both did postal entries.

    • I have never won anything in take a break competitions a colleague and myself did the competitions every week for many years and we have won nothing.

    • Dear Jane like yourself I have been doing take a break competitions since the first issue but have never won a thing.I keep sending in my entries every week hoping that my entry will be selected. Keep trying and smiling and no doubt your lucky day will happen.Best wishes lesley

  15. Anyone else had trouble getting Chat this week and Real People last week and this week. Perhaps everyone is doing puzzles.

    • Hi, Namesake (and everybody!),
      Delighted to find another puzzling Sandra Williams (to avoid confusion, my middle names are Margaret Anne, lol). I am hooked on puzzles, do them every week and have had fairly regular wins. I buy loads of mags every week and soon get through the puzzles – just can’t stop until they are all done, ha ha! I have been in hospital since 16 November and, with nothing much else to do, I have been doing more puzzles than ever! Good luck everyone – and a belated Happy New Year.

  16. Take a Break issue 3, got Free Woolly published on page 9, Brainwaves, feeling happy.

  17. Happy New Year to all, thank you for your lovely message Deany xXx

  18. does anyone have any answers for take a break super savers

  19. Thank you Deany, and the same to you, a Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family. I guess we are all in the same boat at the moment, just pray 2021 will be a better year for everyone. Thank you again for all the help you have given me over the past few years. Xx

    • I love to read the comments and it is good to be able to check my answers, sometimes if I get ‘lost’ I get the answer and then finish the puzzle around it. I tell myself that it is not really cheating as I have bought the magazine and sometimes my brain seems to have a day off.Please keep up the good work because my brain and my body really appriecate it xxx

  20. Many thanks for all the help given on this site. Good news this morning Oxford vaccination passed and due to be rolled out. May everyone have a better New Year and all stay safe.

  21. Just got Take a break, January from Morrisons, got changed £3.50 istead of £2.20, got money back but always check before leaving shop as their pricing is rubbish.

  22. Best wishes for Christmas to everyone,i want to see all your names here next year so stay safe,life is precious,if we all work together we can get there,it wont be easy but we can do it,let,s try and enjoy Christmas first and look forward to happier times,Merry Christmas to you all.

  23. You haven’t said which Magazine. If you check the tabs at the side for the relevant Magazine & if the answers are not there, then no the answer for that magazine hasn’t been posted by anyone yet, so back later and hope someone has been kind enough to post it.

  24. I agree this year has been so difficult for families I know, I haven’t seen some of mine since February and wont for a while yet and its hard, but knowing they are safe & well is the most important thing to me.

    Thank you to the team for all their support keeping this website going as at the moment puzzles / competition’s are what’s keeping me going during this pandemic and with the help of all on here I can complete them every week as I do struggle on a couple.

    Hope everyone has a good Christmas & New Year the best they can and that we all stay safe & well xxx

  25. To Deany and all contributors to this site, I wish you all a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a MUCH BETTER 2021 ( let’ face it, it can’t get much worse than 2020 has been to us all).
    We may only know each other by name, but we all love competitions and that’s what brings us together……it shouldn’t matter that some of us do competitions and put the answers up here, some just come on to check, or some don’t even buy the magazine’s, we have developed a small community of like-minded people and help each other out when needed, all under Deany’s watchful eye !!
    Good luck to all in 2021 with competitions entered, let’s hope for some good wins……
    Sending love to all

  26. Wonderful words, Deanys. Let’s all pull together to make 2021 a better year. Thank you to all your contributors, good to be able to confirm answers and help others. Hope everyone has a great Christmas – I’m in Tier 4 but am able to have Christmas day with my family as they, too, are in Tier 4, and live nearby. Keep safe.

  27. Good evenng Deany and all fellow members on this site just want to wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas in these uncertain times, and just hope and Pray that at some point in 2021 we turn the corner for the better. Good Luck to you all and your competition entries

  28. Deany and all regular compers who use this site, have you seen the news that the Royal Mail are increasing the cost of stamps from 1st Jan 2021?
    First stamp prices are going up 9p a stamp, making the cost of a 1st class stamp a whopping 85p !!!!!!!
    Second class stamps are going up 1p a stamp, making the cost of a 2nd class stamp 66p.
    Think sensibly if you have to use stamps for entries, and give yourself enough time to use 2nd class mail if you can. Or just enter online if that is an option.
    Think Royal Mail might be pricing themselves out of custom if they don’t watch out.
    Even the cashier in the local post office was “gob-smacked” when she told me this morning.
    Just wanted everyone to be aware, as it’s not long to go until 1st Jan 2021.

    • Thank you Margaret, something that I learnt from my Grandad, he worked in the Post Office tower – worked and worked quite a way up, bless him. But he was still always savvy with his money. He taught me about couponing etc. But he also told me thst if you can afford it to buy as money ” old priced stamps ” as they still have to go at the first or second class regardless. And he was right! So I always do it every time! I buy as many as I can afford. Its going to be a bit difficult this time, as we’re all having to manage on a tight budget. And in case I don’t get to say it a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year to everyone. Deany thanks for your amazing website, Carole xXx

    • i look it like this people pay £2.00 to do the lotto the mag £1;05 and about 80p for the stamp that still cheaper that the lotto and you got a mag to read as well

    • Hi Margaret. I cannot remember the last time I used a stamp. I enter online. I do everything online where possible. Can’t understand anyone who posts entries in if they can use the internet????

      • Helen, I enter as much as I can online, but I do some that are postal entries ( not many) but need stamps to do that. They may have text or telephone ways of entering, but that usually costs more than a stamp.
        Anyway each to our own….not won for a while anyway no matter which method used….will keep trying !

    • Royal Mail are a joke. Posted a parcel today after 1 hour in queue. Said £8.50 guaranteed delivery £6.30 within 7 days ! £3.70 it might not get there before Christmas. 9 postal working days between now and Christmas Eve and can’t say it will get there,. Do the walk all the way there these days !

  29. Sheila Chipperfield

    Please can you tell how to find the website to enter?

  30. Hi Peter, how about “Deany’s Dreamers”, as we all are dreaming of a good win, although small wins can come in useful at times….
    Or “the good luck club”…….

  31. Hi Peter – How about Deany’s Angels (you all are) x

  32. I’ve only won a book Peter.

  33. I have won a few prizes on the click & win Peter, some really good ones at that, I don’t do them now because it’s time taken that I haven’t got! Michael also won quite a few on click & win. Can’t wait to see what the followers name will be lol 😁

  34. I have got a Collins crossword solver/Thesaurus machine which helps if I need it. You could perhaps try one of those. I believe they are available on EBay. Hope this helps.

  35. 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

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