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Sir Charles Inward

15 November, 2012

Exciting news, Dabblers. I dropped by my web wizards at Ice Lab yesterday, and plans are afoot to evolve the DA site. By the time 2013 arrives, you will be looking at a new playground, with some cool new toys like polls and leaderboards, and a smarter layout. Hope you love my makeover. Some feng shui DA-luxe.

But feel free to offer suggestions pre-project. And/or feedback in the beta phase. Any site is only as good as its contributors.

Speaking of evolution, let’s take a break from dictionary-diving, and do what comes naturally. Here a shy naturalist is Charles Inward, or a debauched Aussie novelist is Kate Revelling (Grenville). Just mix surnames into single words only. Here’s another bunch to wangle. (Declare answers in Comments, and provide your own clues, with byline and number.)

  1. Flatulent tennis star
  2. Incisive Aussie novelist
  3. Balanced British PM
  4. More obvious spyman
  5. Elegant Aussie pop queen
  6. Ursine model
  7. Itchy-footed US actor
  8. Nutty UK actor

(Do we need word lengths? See how this game evolves.)

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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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
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