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Problem solved, Ralph Davis (C8). "Speaking as a fully qualified handkerchief ironer," writes Ted Richards of Batemans Bay, "the reverse side of a handkerchief is the side where the tiny edge seam is folded over, making a slight ridge. The obverse side is smooth."

For a much simpler approach, however, you could take the advice of Jock Brodie of Port Macquarie. "Hold it up by two adjacent corners. You will find it is not actually a square but a rhombus. (With top quality hankies you may need to look hard or use a protractor to see the difference.) The two (near-vertical) sides meet the base at other than a right angle, one an acute angle and the other an obtuse angle. The side to iron, the reverse side, is obviously the side that meets the base at an obtuse angle unless you are over 70 in which case it is the side that meets the base at an acute angle."

"Vale Burt Reynolds," writes Steve Gambling of Waverton. "Truckers around the world are in mourning. Especially those in America's deep south who think 'Smokey and the Bandit' is a documentary."

Peter Johnson of Hunters Hill will "see your 'No Expectorating' (C8) and raise you with 'No Jitterbugging'. I saw this sign in the 1950s in our dance halls in Oxfordshire."

"Terribly sorry Peter Miniutti (C8)," writes Dr Juliet Bochan of Cherrybrook, "but nowhere in my decades of medical training and working have the words 'wenis' and 'flagina' popped up. They may be fun but they are urban myths." David Dolphin of Summer Hill agrees: "They may be in the Urban Dictionary but so is a lot of other unprintable stuff."