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26 November, 2015

Spent a few days in Brisbane, as you may have read, with launches, thunder & radio chats. I've also been busy on the tech front, working an app into shape (more on that soon), but in my fumblings I stumbled on the Qikipedia app.

Like the old Mastermind game, where you're credited for guessing the right letter in the right place, this new word-toy is as addictive as angel dust. Gratis too - I recommend it. A nice touch sees a serving of bonus trivia linked to the solution you've revealed. 

WARM, say, leads to the fact the Bank of England once kept its branches warm by incinerating old bank notes. While in the Hard Category, ENTRY taught me Wales in the Encyclopaedia Britannica once had the citation: 'See England.'

Anyway, have a play. In the meantime, with a mild spoiler alert, here are the first few solutions I managed. Might do us good to clue short and simple words for a change. Any takers? Defintion and wordplay please.









"Say, did you know the Greek word for left-HANDed also means better..." Sorry, nerdjacking. Do your worst.

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