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# Dilemma
The burning question*: Cutlery up or down in the dishwasher?
It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

WE KNOW HOW you feel. The week is stretching out in front of you – and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing questions.

This week… Loading the dishwasher – hey, it’s better than washing up by hand but it still has its points of contention.

For example, which way up do you load the cutlery in the cutlery rack? Does it look dangerous to you to put the cutlery pointing up… (‘She was lucky to come away without an eye lost etc. etc.’) Or do you think the cutlery won’t be cleaned properly if you point it down?


A. Tines (for forks) and blade (for knives) up?

(Image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

B. Or must cutlery be pointing down?

(Image: Jo Bourne/

Vote here:

Poll Results:

A - Tines/blades pointing up (2251)
B - Pointing down (1560)
C - Can't we all just get along? (340)

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