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The Star: June 01, 2017

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34 Thursday June 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star Puzzles THE CROSSWORD 1674 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DECODER Each number represents a different letter of the alphabet. Write the given letters into all squares with matching numbers. Now work out which letters are represented by the other numbers. As you get the letters, write them into the main grid and the reference grid. Decoder uses all 26 letters of the alphabet. 25 26 27 ©THE PUZZLE COMPANY ACROSS 5. Saying (5) 8. Our 21st highest mountain, in a national park of the same name (8) 9. Coniferous tree found only in top third of the North Island (5) 10. Toilet facility at tramping huts (4,4) 11. Destructive NZ beetle (5) 14. Grass used as fodder (3) 16. Bird listed first in the NZ version of 12 Days of Christmas (6) 17. Counting frame (6) 18. Faint (3) 20. Beneath (5) 24. Assistant, friend (colloq) (8) 25. Container for hot or cold liquid (5) 26. 1999 film set in a Dunedin student flat (8) 27. Telegram (5) DOWN 1. In tennis, an exchange of shots (5) 2. Exhausted (5) 3. Wear away (5) 4. Breed of goat and rabbit (6) 6. Slanting (8) 7. Dazzlingly beautiful (8) 12. Bet placed on first two in a race (8) 13. Setback (8) 14. Brick carrier (3) 15. Sweet potato (3) 19. Contaminate (6) 21. Lending money at excessive rates (5) 22. Confess (5) 23. Annoyed (5) WORDBUILDER S L E O P How many words of three or more letters can you make, using each letter only once? Plurals are allowed, but no foreign words or words beginning with a capital. There’s at least one five-letter word. Good 9 Very Good 12 Excellent 14 SUDOKU 341 Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. SOLUTION 1673 Across: 1. Moist, 4. Edible, 9. Kaituna, 10. Tired, 11. Digs, 12. Hinuera, 13. Tui, 14. Spur, 16. Tiny, 18. Ale, 20. Against, 21. The Taro, number 24. Tooth, game 25. Ngapuhi, that 26. Dynamo, 27. Break. Down: 1. Mikado, 2. improves Icing, 3. Taut, your 5. Detonate, arithmetic 6. Barge in, 7. Endear, 8. Waihi, 13. Trentham, 15. Platoon, 17. Salted, 18. Atone, 19. Howick, 22. HOW Amuse, TO 23. PLAY Daub. It’s like sudoku: each vertical and horizontal line has to contain the numbers 1-6, and the numbers can’t be repeated in any row or column. But it’s sudoku with a twist: The numbers in each heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must produce the number in the top corner. For example, 5+ means the numbers add up to 5, 9x means the numbers multiply to equal 9. TIP: Numbers can be repeated in a cage, as long as they are not in the same line or row. © 2017 KenKen Puzzle LLC. All rights reserved KenKen is a registered trademark of Nextoy LLC Number FuN 2 Digits 00 94 3 Digits 088 483 542 828 829 839 844 868 891 919 4 Digits 1788 7506 7530 9817 5 Digits 04977 12989 21938 47271 67890 70834 77523 82185 7 Digits 5932292 6870879 8 Digits 47920915 99579029 SOLUTIONS Untitled Puzzle NUMBER FUN 4 3 8 2 1 8 5 0 4 9 7 7 7 5 0 6 2 8 3 9 6 8 7 0 8 7 9 8 4 4 0 0 5 9 3 2 2 9 2 1 7 8 8 7 7 5 2 3 1 2 9 8 9 9 4 9 1 9 0 8 8 9 1 2 KENKEN DECODER WORDBUILDER lop, lope, lopes, lops, lose, olé, ops, peso, pol, pols, pole, poles, pose, sloe, slop, slope, sol, sole, sop. NZ CROSSWORD Across: 5. Adage, 8. Aspiring, 9. Kauri, 10. Long drop, 11. Borer, 14. Hay, 16. Pukeko, 17. Abacus, 18. Dim, 20. Under, 24. Offsider, 25. Flask, 26. Scarfies, 27. Cable. Down: 1. Rally, 2. Spent, 3. Erode, 4. Angora, 6. Diagonal, 7. Gorgeous, 12. Quinella, 13. Reversal, 14. Hod, 15. Yam, 19. Infect, 21. Usury, 22. Admit, 23. Cross. SUDOKU SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD Across: 5. Adage, 8. Aspiring, 9. Kauri, 10. Long WORDBUILDER lop, lope, lopes, lops, lose, olé, ops, peso, pol, pols, pole, poles, pose, sloe, slop, slope, sol, sole, sop. drop, 11. Borer, 14. Hay, 16. Pukeko, 17. Abacus, 18. Dim, 20. Under, 24. Offsider, 25. Flask, 26. Scarfies, 27. Cable. Down: 1. Rally, 2. Spent, 3. Erode, 4. Angora, 6. Diagonal, 7. Gorgeous, 12. Quinella, 13. Reversal, 14. Hod, 15. Yam, 19. Infect, 21. Usury, 22. Admit, 23. Cross. DECODER KENKEN 2 1 9 4 8 4 4 6 8 7 0 8 7 9 1 7 2 7 9 5 8 2 9 3 1 7 8 8 9 0 8 8 8 3 9 2 7 5 0 6 0 8 4 2 9 1 7 8 7 5 5 9 3 2 2 9 2 9 1 9 0 0 3 4 SOLUTIONS NUMBER FUN Untitled Puzzle

The Star 35 Driven FREE WEEKLY MAGAZINE in stands every Friday Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday June 1 2017 OVER 1000 VEHICLES FOR SALE MX-5 an example of advanced engineering • By Ross Kiddie “SAVE UP your money,’’ was the advice from Masaya Kodama, CX-5 project manager, Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan. I had asked Mr Kodama if a new Mazda RX was likely given the concept drawings of a new sports car have been on show. Mr Kodama said rotary engine development was ongoing, and from those comments I would say a new RX is inevitable. I’ve long considered Mazda’s development of its rotary engine to be one of the company’s finest engineering achievements. Although I’ve never had the good fortune to own a rotary, my son has a RX7 turbo and occasionally I get to experience the feel and performance of that amazing sport coupe. As history has served to prove, Mazda has advanced engineering techniques right through its passenger vehicle line-up, and just recently one of its other sport models, the MX-5, was launched in a new variation – that with a folding convertible roof – made of metal. Of course, the soft-top MX-5, is still available in four variants, and the concept of a folding metal roof isn’t new; targa tops, as they have become commonly known, have been around for many decades. However, the point I’m making is that the mechanism which transforms this popular sports car is another example of Mazda’s engineering prowess. The 13sec electric operation is just sheer genius, it can also be open and closed at speeds of up to 10km/h and, for interest’s sake, boot space remains the same for all models. The concept for which we like MX-5 hasn’t been compromised, it is still the cheeky, two-seater which thrills with its chassis balance and associated handling prowess. Whereas the soft-top is available in both 1.5-litre and 2-litre variants, the hard-top RF (retractable fastback) is a 2-litre car only, but there’s also a choice of specification and gearbox. The GSX sits at $48,495, a Limited variant adds $3000 and $4500 (auto), while the test car was a special launch edition model with automatic MAZDA MX-5 RFS: Convertible hardtop. transmission, it tops the range at $54,995. Before you jump to the conclusion that the hardtop needs the 2-litre engine because of the metal structure’s increase in weight, bear in mind that that adds just 47kg into the car and performance is far from compromised. The acceleration times between the two models are much the same – 0-100km/h in 6.6sec and 7.2sec respectively. • Price – Mazda MX-5 RFS, $54,995 • Dimensions – Length, 3915mm; width, 1735mm; height, 1235mm • Configuration – Four-cylinder, rearwheel-drive, 1998cc, 118kW, 200Nm, sixspeed manual • Performance – 0-100km/h, 7.4sec • Fuel usage – 7l/100km Even though the 1998cc, twin-camshaft unit is built to Mazda’s SkyActive efficiency and emissionfriendly parameters, it is still a high performing engine with its 118kW and 200Nm ratings. It works freely through the six-speed automatic thanks to low early gearing and a broad top end gear to promote highway economy. Mazda claims a sevenlitre per 100km (40mpg) combined cycle fuel usage average, which sat well with the 8l/100km (35mpg) figure showing on the test car’s trip computer when I took it back to the dealership. I’ve often been a bit critical of the MX-5 and the sound that is generated within the cockpit, history has it that it has always been a bit noisy. I guess performance car buyers like that and they may be disappointed in the hardtop as it is far quieter and far more to my liking; there is an angry engine sound when it’s working hard, but under normal conditions the hard-top promotes a quiet in-cabin environment and I relate to that. Not only is the engine a delight in terms of flexibility and honesty, the MX-5’s greatest virtue is that of its feel-good factor. The suspension and chassis engineering is a marvel. Of course, drive is sent to the rear wheels and that promotes a pure handling sensation, add in the fully involving feel from the steering wheel and the compliance within the spring and damper rates and you have a true sports car, one which delivers the fun factor along with the ability to conquer the most challenging of corners. Take into account, too, that the tyres aren’t huge (205/45 x 17in), there isn’t a lot of load put on them, and with a height of just 1235mm there is little gravitational force working against the convertible in a quick corner, it handles flat and controlled. There’s some flexibility built into the traction control system, you can make it a little tail-happy before the electronic devices counteract oversteer, but that doesn’t interrupt the fun. The MX-5 in this form has lost none of its playful character and that is why it has been such a popular car, it has been built with character in mind and it doesn’t disappoint. For someone whose old joints don’t work quite as well as they once did, I didn’t find entry and exit into the test car onerous, in fact I was finding excuses to get in the vehicle and go for a drive. There’s a raft of amazing product coming out of the Mazda factories these days, it’s no surprise then that the MX-5 in this form is so desirable. 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