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Dear Mary

Mary answers your problems: How can I stop guests from showing up early?

4 November 2017

9:00 AM

4 November 2017

9:00 AM

Q. Twice in one week I have been found unready for my guests. Occasion one: in the garden, finishing my lunch. A knock at the front door. Standing there, smiling expectantly, a groomed guest to play bridge at 2 p.m. The time was 1.40 p.m. Occasion two: upstairs, changing for a 2 p.m.

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