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DEAR HELOISE: I love having a French manicure, and I like it to look good for as long as possible, but occasionally the white edges get scratched. When this happens, I get out my correction fluid, touch up the scratch, then apply a clear coat, and no one can tell the difference.

-- Mary Ann in Wyoming

DEAR HELOISE: I just narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian early this morning. The person decided to cross the street from between two parked cars. So, I have a few reminders for folks out exercising early in the day and also at dusk:

• If you wear earbuds while you exercise, be extra-careful about traffic, because you may not hear a vehicle approaching.

• Walk facing traffic. This is especially important if there is no sidewalk and you need to walk in the road.

• Do not cross the street from between two parked cars. Go to the crosswalk, where you are much safer.

• Get off your phone and watch where you're going. I can't emphasize this enough.

• When it's dark outside, wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight so you can be seen.

-- Henry H., California

DEAR HELOISE: My husband hates biting into a chunk of garlic, so instead of tossing the cloves directly into a soup or stew that I'm cooking, I put them in a tea ball and drop it into the pot. All the flavor but none of the chunks.

-- Angela J. in Utah

DEAR HELOISE: My husband is in the military, and he has to keep his dress shoes shiny, so he used my old panty­hose to buff them. Turns out they're great for shining dress shoes. Who knew?

-- Sarah M.,

Albuquerque, N.M.

DEAR HELOISE: Instead of throwing away cardboard toilet paper rolls, I smear peanut butter on them, then roll them in seeds and hang them from branches for the birds to eat.

-- May T., Keswick, Va.

DEAR HELOISE: I keep my phone by my side. When I come across a word I don't know or haven't heard before, I quickly look it up. Then I try to use the word in a sentence. This works great!

-- Kevin R., age 11,

in Virginia

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

[email protected]

MovieStyle on 10/18/2019

Print Headline: Helpful Hints

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