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16:02 UK time, Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Sean Pertwee and David Tennant? Someone in Labour's a Doctor Who fan.
Pete Hazell@BBC News Magazine

The death of music? No, not 1959, but much, much earlier - 5 December 1791 (Wikipedia) to be precise.
Raymond Hopkins, Kronoby, Finland

I would like to nominate "Airport train shuttle bus threat" for most forms of transport mentioned in one headline.
Russ Tarbox, London, UK

Phil (Monday's letters), is quite correct to say that "unhealthy weight" is not a specific enough substitute for "obesity". What we need is a new word that means the same as "obesity". How about "lardarcity"?
Adam, London, UK

Dan, Cambridge (Monday's letters), you caught me in the middle of doing a dynamics worksheet, and thus in exactly the right mood for some nice ordinary maths, not to mention a distraction. For the chances of passing the test by picking each question randomly to be 1/950, there would have to be 3.589 options for each question. Round that up to 4 and you get a 1 in 24,462 chance of getting it right by random guesses. Still gives a reasonable chance of success on the 950th go, but a lot less so. To make fluke even less likely by the 950th go, try 5 options, giving you a 1 in 1,9761,046 chance. Now I'm sure there's someone out there waiting to correct me on my maths- go for it, I have your coat ready and waiting.
Louise, Oxford

Ignore the statistics (though I did work it out to be about 1 in a billion), the poor woman must have been taking 3 tests a day if she was only on 775 in February. That's serious commitment.
Dan, Cambridge
PS. I didn't write that original letter, so I hope whoever it was will forgive me the stolen kudos.

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