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Dynamic Duets

3 October, 2014

Our Friday Folly is devising two names that share a puzzly link, seeing if others can figure out the logic. The NRL player Michael Ennis, say, could be matched with Agent 99 (anagram of NINES, and 99). Or Harold Pinter could sidle Eddie Eagle. Why? Both dog breeds with a letter missing. 

Simple game, but there are dozens of formulas at our disposal, keeping things wordy, versus biogrpahical. Name and number your couples, so we can take a stab. (Please ignore my dontattempt handle - I'm really DA with a current tech hitch.) Can you crack my opening six? And what recipe will your items obey?

DA1 - Kanye West & Thomas Hardy

DA2 - Bill Granger & David Jones

DA3 - Eva Cox & Malcolm X  

DA4 - Andrew Denton & Jules Verne  

DA5 - Bruce Springsteen & Banjo Paterson 

DA6 - Tori Spelling & Penny Cook  

Some easy. Some tricky. Can you undo the duos?

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