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Object: Lesson

24 August, 2012

Liked the gag from this month’s GQ: Ikea now sells jokes – Bar the horse into walks long a barman face why says the.

But that’s not why I’m posting. Instead, I looked at LESSON sideways and saw LESS-ON. Meaning nuder, idler, or maybe losing ON. Let’s go with Option C and play a word game. If a regal strut, say, is a MONARCH MARCH, or a bile bucket is a GALL GALLON, can you solve these other six, where you need to less on from one word to make the other? (Gurus only will crack the final two.)

  1. Box carrier
  2. Give fruit
  3. Extra coach
  4. Cosy this evening
  5. Club sinecure?
  6. El Nino?

Solution If You Surrender. Can you add to the list? (Tag each offering with byline and number as you go.)

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