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Salon 32 - Teething Pains

15 September, 2014

Sorry for the fits & starts of the last week online. A simple tweak always seems to need a week when it comes to website renovation. Normal spam-free services will resume shortly, with added extras and free air. I hope. Please keep the faith, and the verbal pulse.

Word Question: what do you call an ambiguous cluster such as mungolives (which could be Mungo lives, or mung olives)? You see the curse played out in penisland and kidsexchange. So what's the term?

Conundrum: Mix a four-letter mammal, and place beside another four-letter jumbled mammal to spell a word. (And is this answer unique?)  

Here's the place to share the cream of the Brit clues too. Like the bell-ringer from Qaos last week: I heard dancing about the finale of Fred and Ginger (3-6)  

Have a loquacious week. 

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