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Ballet Battle

23 May, 2014

As a piece of mental chewing gum to help enliven a Friday, let’s dabble with doubles. Choose a word that holds a double letter, such as FERRET. Then reduce that double to a single, as you double another letter instead, so making FETTER in this case. Then make a clue:

Shackle burrower = FETTER FERRET
Swan Lake slamdown = BALLET BATTLE
T-t-topics = STAMMER MATTERS

Ensure you possess a double in each example, hence SUPPER RUPEES is kosher, but not PURSUE SUPPER. No need to supply word length. Let’s play:

DA1Mad cat
DA2Swallow stump?
DA3Fish tool
DA4Licking monster
DA5Noticing rock
DA6Top-level graffitist?

Post your answers – and your own Doctored Doubles – in the Comments.

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