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Salon 54 (Where are you?)

26 November, 2012

Morning Dabblers – back in the cave this week, though I can’t promise a return to normal services. Still in the grip of spruiking Puzzles & Words, with quite a few radio spots across the dial. Ones ot note include the Conversation Hour with Jon Faine on 774 Melbourne this Wednesday, as well as Aural Text with poet Alicia Sometimes.

I’m also going cranium-to-cranium with Adam Spencer on Thursday morning around 7:45, if you get the chance to attune your tablet. For most of 2012, Adam’s been Tweeting a few DA clues, and he may have an axe to grind, or a hatchet to bury. Not sure.

As for this week, if I can’t promise a full-blown Storm, then I’ll do my best to upload some of the excellent puzzles sent along by Anthony from the recent Times tourney. Meanwhile, if you happen to grapple with a Times – or Guardian puzzle – then here’s the forum for reflection. Let’s share the lurv.

Welcome to the new forum. Looks scary? It’s not. Feels iffy? It ain’t. The DisQus platform is here to block spam and lend us more chat options. That’s all. Please note, you don’t have to create a DisQus account to make a comment. If you do, however, it will speed your future visits. Be assured no details are abused, misused or reused. Let’s fight spam as one, and get back to the grand conversation. Thanks, DA

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