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New Word Order

22 January, 2015

Macquarie Dictionary is inviting you to vote for the 2014 word of the year. (May seem a little late, but I admire the Mac for waiting until 2014 concludes.) I've been through the ballot box, lodging a preference per category, from Ag to Tech, from greylisting to tombstoning.

Of course, the same exercise unleashes new clue fodder. And below is a sampling of the current crop, each awaiting their inaugural wordplay. Good clueing, and happy voting.

DAUGHTERLESS TECHNOLOGY - removing females from a pest population  

ATOMIC TYPO - keyboard error that a spellcheck won't detect - pubic servant springs to mind  


JOB STOPPER - conspicuous tattoo  


VOLUNTOLD - coerced into volunteering  

FEELPINION - opinion based on emotions  



WARMIST - one who accepts global warming (cf COOLIST)

BABY HATCH - hospital conduit for abandoned newborns  

PUSH PRESENT - gift for a new mother


Who can best clue the new? Defintion & wordplay both, please.

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