1 : At first I got on famously finding the right pigeonholes, checking Ted's list and putting the letters in ..........

bounds
bundles
bonds
bounded

2 : After about two hours of this my internal battery started to get low and I found myself losing ..........

patients
patents
patters
patience

3 : It was at this stage that Ted came in quickly ......... me to finish and get on the road.

demanding
taking
giving
encouraging

4 : The post office in this country district didn't use vans because of the ..........

costing
monies
expense
expenses

5 : I had to ......... do with a bicycle that looked as though it had been hit several times.

try
make
end
take

6 : Once out in the open air I experienced a violent ......... but soon the sun came out.

wet
raining
rains
shower

7 : The shouts of joy coming from some houses as I put the mail through the letter ......... made up for the discomfort and.

space
line
box
opening

8 : I was beginning to feel like a ......... Father Christmas.

sort
real
type
kind

9 : I then came to number 56 that Ted had ......... me about. They had a ferocious dog.

warned
threatened
indicated
shown

10 : The only way to ......... with this one, Ted recommended, was to rush at the door, shove the letters through the door and go away as quickly as possible.

tackle
manage
handle
deal

11 : I did just that but in my ......... I dropped a small packet that fell into a puddle.

hurry
haste
speed
hasting

12 : I didn't have the courage to make another assault on the house. Instead I took it home to ......... it out.

make
do
try
dry

13 : I knew if I told Ted he would talk a lot about being strictly against the rules but I was convinced it didn't ..........

concern
affect
matter
worry

14 : In my kitchen I looked at the address and saw the recipient was a Master Richard. I was ashamed of my .........

coward
cowardice
cowardly
cowards

15 : and thought I was depriving a young child of his Christmas present from some loving ..........

relative
related
reality
relatively

16 : I rubbed the package with a towel and went quickly again to number 56 hurrying down the path in the true ......... of the season,

sense
ghost
taste
spirit

17 : clutching the precious bundle in my hand I ......... it through the letter box

gave
took
thrust
turned

18 : expecting to hear a happy ......... of surprise from young Richard. As I hurried away

yelp
sound
noise
din

19 : to the sound of the ......... dog, I knocked by accident the garden gate just in time to hear a voice shouting:

braying
breathing
barking
hooting

20 : Master Richard! When will that woman realise I'm over fifty and can't ......... knitted socks!

hate
dislike
sit
stand


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