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By Ian Stewart   December 2008

Cheapo carpet cash ‘n’ carry

“I’m fed up with this old tiled floor,” said Prunella.

“I like it,” said Dillwyn. “I like squares. And not only is each tile one foot square, but the whole floor is square—11 by 11 feet.”

“Tiles are cold in winter. The cat doesn’t like walking on them.”

Dillwyn said nothing. They both knew that the cat came first.

“Let’s get carpet,” said Prunella. “We can lay it over the tiles.”

“Can we afford that with the credit crunch?” asked Dillwyn.

“There’s a sale on at the Cheapo Carpet Cash ‘n’ Carry.”

When Prunella…

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