Emma Morano, the last known person alive who was [6 Across] in the 1800s, has [2 Down] her 117th birthday.
Born on 29 November 1899, four years before the Wright brothers first took to the air, she is the world’s [11 Down] living person. Her life has spanned three centuries, two world [20 Down] and over 90 Italian governments.
And the [17 Down] to her longevity appears to [7 Across] in eschewing usual medical wisdom.
“I eat two [15 Across] a day and that’s it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no [14 Across],” Morano said last month at her home in Verbania, a [19 Across] in northern Italy on [8 Across] Maggiore.
On Tuesday [3 Down] celebrated her birthday in an armchair in her apartment, joined by her two elderly [1 Across], a pair of caregivers and her long-time physician.
She received a [5 Down] from Italy’s president, read [6 Down] an official, wishing her “serenity and good health,” and appeared for a brief live [10 Across] on state-run television. She happily accepted some [16 Down], including her favourite biscuits, which she ate with some milk.
Then she blew [21 Across] the candles on her [18 Across] not one for every year, [22 Down] three [23 Across] to show her [9 Down], 117 and quipped: “I hope I don’t have to [12 Down] it!”
Morano has a Guinness [4 Down] Records certificate declaring her to be the oldest person alive. She told Reuters TV on Tuesday that her life “wasn’t so nice”. “I worked in a [13 Down] until I was 65, then that was that.”
SOURCE: The Guardian