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Salon 28

15 July, 2013

Picked up a quirky book over the weekend. Imagine a Scrabble dictionary with pictures, and sidebars, and you have Is That A Word, by David Bukszpan (which isn’t a word, but should be.)

In one detour he lists familiar names with unfamiliar meanings, likes Timothy (fodder grass), Pam (the jack of clubs in some games), Tammie (curtain liner) and Johnny (a hospital gown). More amusing than must-have, I can now say I’ve seen an illustration of a Welsh crwth.

A busy week at the desk, compiling Puzzles & Words 2. But here’s a whimsical puzzle to get your brain cogging. If WUZZLES comes from PUZZLES & WORDS, or BLECKER comes from BLACK & DECKER, what pairings can spoon out these eight?

  1. Atchy
  2. Pisher
  3. Lardy
  4. Casey
  5. Work
  6. Watler
  7. Tooch
  8. Sten

(Any more?)

And of course, the Salon is the place where we toast the best of British crosswords, like Anax’s golden clue from the other week: Mister Bob Hope (7)

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