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Dabblers v The World

3 July, 2012

A special Storm this week to mark the midpoint of 2012. The wonderful Guardian blog curated by Alan Connor does a weekly clue roundup, with a best clue put forward. I’ve selected five such clues (so don’t go looking for them!) and supply their answers below.

Our challenge – mine included – is to create our own stellar clues for the same five. Choose an alias inspired by any of the words, and roll your ideas and drafts through the week. Come Thursday, 9pm, we need to have your top 5 clues submitted, with wordplay workings added.

Then on Friday, all players must vote per word (3 points for best, and 1 point for second-best) to determine a category winner, plus an overall winner. And just to spice the end-game, on the weekend I will couple our best five selections against Alan’s favourite five – and see how we measure up. Impartially, of course…

So pick a code-name these sample words spark, and finagle clues for all five:

BACK-SEAT DRIVER
DERMATOID
HAREM
REALITY CHECK
SHOPPING CENTRE

C'mon Aussies, c'mon. See if we can’t pip the Poms at their own sport!

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