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Well there might be Prizes Galore on offer here but I have never won anything. I was given a year's subscription to this magazine as a present and I won't be renewing it when it runs out in November. At first I enjoyed the puzzles and carefully filled them in and sent them off before the closing date, but I have become bored with the publication. That's not because I didn't win anything, but because the puzzles are now too easy (most of them anyway). On the odd occasion there is a puzzle that takes a bit of working out, but in my view, once you've see half a dozen of these magazines, you've seen them all. They are no longer a challenge because you can learn the style and stock answers to certain clues in a few months. There isn't much variety.
Well, prizes galore there may be, but none of them have come my way, even after two years of subscribing, and yes, I do finish the puzzles and get them posted before the closing date. At £24.00 a year, this monthly magazine costs £2 per issue, which is not bad value at all considering that is the "dropped on your doorstep" price. The puzzles inside are varied, ranging from crosswords, to wordsearches, missing words, spot the difference, etc., but in my opinion they are pretty repetitious, as though the same few people are setting all the questions, i.e. the same answers come up time and time again. Difficulty rating is probably 4 out of 10, with 10 being excrutiatingly difficult. I very much enjoyed this magazine for the first, say, year of my subscription but now I find I have less time to complete the puzzles, and do not find them as interesting or compelling as I once did. If you're a puzzle/crossword addict, or simply have plenty of spare time on your hands, then by all means treat yourself to a year and you might even win a prize for your efforts. Actually, if you are an addict and have not yet tried this magazine, I understand you can get a free back copy at www.prizemagazines.com. Try it - you might like it.
Prizes Galore is a monthly magazine available by subscription. It contains about 50 pages of competitions in the form of word searches, crosswords, film quizzes, number puzzles etc and each one offers at least one prize. Depending on how you feel about puzzles, these are either a fun way to pass all your spare moments, or a bit of tedious drudgery which might be worth it if the prize is good. Either way, however, the prizes are variable. In a typical issue, they range from paperback books, videos and toiletries to a television, weekend break or foreign holiday. On balance, it is a good magazine for those who do enjoy puzzles, is delivered to the door, and compares well with some over-the-counter ones. It does at least have prizes for every single puzzle, unlike some magazines. On level of difficulty, I would say that it is about on a par with, say, Take a Break, but has one irritating flaw. Almost every single month there is at least one puzzle which has been printed with an error, often making it literally impossible to solve. Despite this, I quite enjoy completing this magazine's puzzles each month, and over the two years I have subscribed I have won a CD, a cookery book and a children's game, but I am not holding my breath for anything more exciting! Back copies of this magazine and subscription details are available via http://www.prizemagazines.com/index.asp