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Salon 47 - Only Connect

6 October, 2014

Found a fantastic bunch of lateral thinking puzzles. It's a fan-site for Only Connect, a BBC gameshow that asks contestants to link unlikely words or names. BIRDS, PINK, SHUT and MAGIC, say, can all precede EYE. While ORPHAN, RIVER, WIDOW and GUTTER are all typesetting terms.

In the same spirit, what links these:  

DA1 - Arctic, hill, elope, hem

DA2 - pride, flock, swarm, blend  

DA3 - prawn, serpent, trout, warrior  

DA4 - cone, inane, tern, cast  

DA5 - pack, charge, steel, raid

Invent your own, if you like. See if you can stump us. And/or share the pick of crosswords from The G and The Times. Like this gem from a recent puzzle: Make an effort and breed (6). Enjoy your week.

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