17 April, 2012
Crosswords go hand-in-glove with innovation. Or that’s my argument poised for next week’s MEA conference, where both disciplines ask you to connect or repurpose. Think about Velcro – the fastener born of burrs. Or solar paint. Or the first computer mouse relying on a deodorant’s roll-on ball. Lateral thinkers find new ways, new links or new settings to outpace the old.
We do the same this week, where you anagram any word, name or phrase, and then provide a clear and clever connection between the two concepts. VELCRO and CLOVER, say, are both easily pulled. BRAN and BARN: farm staples. Though the fresher fields are better, like TAIPAN and PINATA: best to face with a large club. Or TIM LANE and AILMENT: both are wintry regulars.
Throw in your thoughts. Let’s have a chuckle, as well as a marvel at unlikely links. Later on, by 10pm Thursday, submit your own pet three pairs for my solo judging. (SOLO and LOOS – repository of yellowy water?) We may not reinvent the wheel, but we will enjoy the spin."