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maltatoday, WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2017 23 Sport FOOTBALL Answers to the MaltaToday crossword will be published next Wednesday WEATHER: Partly to rather cloudy with isolated showers VISIBILITY: Good locally moderate in showers WIND: South Southeast force 2 to 3 SEA: Slight SWELL: Negligible A B C D E F G H 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 White to play and mate in four moves A B C D E F G H 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Last week's solution Sudoku rules are extremely easy: Fill all empty squares so that the numbers 1 to 9 appear once in each row, column and 9x9 box. SUNNY 30 º C / 22 º C UV INDEX: 10 Today's Weather Chess Sudoku Pursuits Across 1. Biased (10) 8. Vacant (5) 9. Sharp-pointed plant outgrowth (5) 10. Hoodlum (4) 12. Bookmaker (6) 14. Move slowly (6) 17. Move along in a stream (4) 21. Garment (5) 22. Rings of a chain (5) 23. Stiffness in the joints (10) Down 2. Become ripe (5) 3. Delights (4) 4. As before (5) 5. Earthenware pot (5) 6. Move rhythmically (5) 7. Shed tears (4) 11. Young goat (3) 13. Idiot (3) 14. Prevent (5) 15. Flinch (5) 16. Doctor's replacement (5) 18. Makes a loan (5) 19. Insect (4) 20. Narrow opening (4) Ne7+ c6 Qxc6+ Kd8 Qd7# World Cup tickets to go on sale tomorrow - FIFA TICKETS for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia go on sale tomorrow, the sport's global governing body (FIFA) has said. Tickets will be sold in two phases, the first of which has an application period which runs from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12. Fans can apply for individual match tickets, tickets for a specific ven- ue or ticket strips to follow the national team of their choice in this phase. Applications for tickets can only be made on the FIFA web- site (www.fifa.com/tickets) and anyone who applies during the first phase of sales will be in- formed of the success or failure of their applications by Nov. 16. The first phase then concludes with a period between Nov. 16 and Nov. 28 during which tick- ets will be allocated on a first- come, first-served basis. "We have put in place a tick- eting system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets," FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said in a state- ment. The second phase of ticket sales has also been split into two periods. The first runs from Dec. 5, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018, with allocations in this period to be decided by a random selec- tion draw. From March 13 to April 3, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be a "last-min- ute" sales phase from April 18 to July 15, the day of the World Cup final, which will also be im- plemented on a first-come, first- served basis. All fans attending matches at the World Cup will also need to apply for a FAN ID, a free official identity document required by the Russian authorities. The FAN ID includes benefits such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, as well as free use of public transport on matchdays.

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