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Conundrum Now - Burger Soon

17 November, 2015

Morning word-lovers. Been a little cray-cray this week, with a family gala, then a certain baby daughter completing her secondary education. Plus a new writing project on the simmer....you get the picture.

So while I sift last week's Word Magic results to see who snaffles the new Wordburger book (or two), I thought you'd enjoy these gnarly conundrums to mull. Too difficult by Wordwit measures, but not you lot:

DA1 - What brain disorder of 12 letters can be disordered with an extra letter to spell a major tourist attraction in Europe?

DA2 - What profession can lose two letters to spell an Australian coastal town, or lose its first syllable to spell a second?

DA3 - What word can lose AF for X to spell its synonym?

DA4 - Lastly, a recent birthday clue sent by an emailer known as KSSoap and water? Ha! Borneo's chaotic and lovely (3,3,2,4,2,9)

Any clues? It may be fighting dirty, but I'm stumped.... (And can you add your own brain-bender to the forum? No kidstuff. No Wordwit niceties. Just a chewy word-quest to derail the working day.)

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