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24 July, 2012

This year marks the 250th anniversary of John Montagu’s card-game. The one where he ordered his valet to fetch a slab of salted beef between two slices of bread, and thus the snack would come to enshrine its snacker – the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

Apocryphal or not, the story gives us a good excuse to try a different Storm this week. Instead of clues, we look to grid skillz, where we build a three-level sandwich, comprising two related terms (the bread), and a clever filling. Here’s a basic example:


Note how two animals comprise the bread – top and bottom. While the filling (ADO) helps to spell the verticals: CAD, ADO, TOG. Anotherie:


Two AFL teams, plus the filling of AHOY, making FAD, RHO, EON, OYS. In your sandwich, all verticals need to make a word, with the handy online Collins our umpire. Length is optional, with the best sandwiches avoiding bogus or iffy verticals, and perhaps a fitting filling.

As these are tricky to make, the Storm won’t be a rager, but a thinker. Use your own bylines as I’ll be the judge of the deli-cacies on Friday. What say we submit our best two sandwiches by Thursday 9pm? Best way to file your grids:



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