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Gamy Madams

29 April, 2016

Here's a preview of a Wordwit puzzle set to run in four weeks, appearing in both the SMH on Saturday, May 28. The original idea arose from an old US themer by Alan Arbesfeld, where AMY ADAMS for example, can gain new initials to become smelly brothel owners - or GAMY MADAMS

That's the gimmick. I set abuot finding more, creating the nine below. (Only iGen dabblers will nail #8, while Oz lit scores two jerseys here.) Can you crack seven nobbled names at least? And can you provide any more examples? If so, please supply your byline, clue number and letter count. Have fun.

DA1 - Spiffier joy (7,4)

DA2 - Nudge drool (4,6)

DA3 - Cut gems (5,6)

DA4 - Ejected toiler (4,7)

DA5 - Reality flash (5,5)

DA6 - Sly hurtin’ (6,7)

DA7 - Shred beef cuts? (4,6)

DA8 - Bank writing? (6,5)

DA9 - Condom promiser? (6,7)

Share your eurekas, and your new examples, below.

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