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Out With The Old - In With The New

27 November, 2012

OK, let’s see how this Storm rages, amid the makeover debris. (And please ‘bear’ with us during this transit phase – the wait will be worth it.) The game in fact is based on the renovation, where a word has the letter O (cryptic shorthand for Old) replaced by N (New), to make a new word – and both are clued to form a pair. Like this:

TAROBacked sleazy Kazakhstani – top root
TARNSailor first to navigate mountain lake

BOOBOODug matching rings in slip
BONBONUlna perhaps twice chipped by cracker

As you can see, no mixing – and a double swap is OK too. Choose an alias to embody the New, and send us your best two old/new pairs by Thursday 9pm. And let’s all vote (with or without a poll), with 3/2/1 for best old, and 3/2/1 best new, before close of biz on Friday. NK? Gn.

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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
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