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Salon 50 - The Sexting Episode

27 October, 2014

Looking forward to launching a brilliant program through the National Trust this afternoon. In tandem with Legal Aid, the Trust has created a mock-trial to highlight the perils of sexting, especially among teens. The campaign is called Respect Me, and the trials will run in Melbourne's Old Magistrates Court, allowing schoolkids to play the various roles in the hearing. Respect Me will open some young eyes.

By contrast, this week I'm unlocking the mystery of Chinese riddles, thanks to my good friend Yi. Like no other culture, China has three riddle subgenres, from the anagram riddle (where characters are recycled), the roll-up-the-blind riddle (where answers invert the question) and the duelling couplet. Could we ever invent those first two in English?

On the puzzle front, I'm trying to generate more examples of SILVER RESIDENCES. These are couples where the second word is a jumble of two words that can follow the first. Here that'd be: SILVER SCREEN/SIDE. Can you crack these others - or think of more couples?  

DA1 - Wall perpetrates

DA2 - Window tailless

DA3 - Bucket saltiest

DA4 - Foot protest

DA5 - Ginger readable

DA6 - Blood tattiness

DA7 (and speaking of sexting) - Electric molester

Have a wordy week, won & awl.

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