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19 March, 2013

Time to play. With the overall winner set to score this fantastic 3D Crossword Calendar. (Which any word fan can buy to help a great cause. Heartily recommended. The ingenious puzzles never date!)

Rather than go to cadastral, our best shot is to work off a fixed menu of ‘3d words’, choosing your two best clues (definition and wordplay please). To complete your final three-pack, add a single freestyle clue for any word or phrase opening with TRI – trial, tripometer, Trivial Pursuit?

So, have some open-forum fun with these EIGHT words below, remembering you need to choose your best two for final submission by Thursday, 7pm. Along with your best clue (definition and wordplay) for a TRI-word of your choice.

To keep things legit, choose a three-related alias. Voting will be 4/3/2/1 across the 3d words, and 3/2/1 for the TRI-word. Here’s the lowdddown:


PLUS your TRI-word of choice. Than file your three best (two from the top, and your TRI-pick) by Thursday 7pm, and all players will vote over Friday, before 6pm to see whose days are numbered.

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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