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PokemonGoers

12 July, 2016

Perhaps you are among the few un-swept-up by the PokemonGo mania. (Where's your civic esprit, damn it?) If that's the case, then aim your hunting skills onto this Oddish batch of first-wave Pokemon, to see where the best wordplay potential lies.

No call for a definition. We know what they are (sort of). And if you'd like to plunder a longer list, then PokemonGo here. Here's the dozen I hunted down as our own quest's kick-off:

NIDORINA

PIDGEOT

VENONAT

ARCANINE

MEOWTH

GANGAR

VICTREEBEL

VOLTORB

MAROWAK

STARMIE

GYARADOS

MAGNEMITE

Don't have to clue'm all. But let's see who wins the Pokemon d'Oro.

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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
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