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Who's Game?

15 December, 2015

I'm tempted to roll out these names in a cryptic, but I'm sure plenty of solvers would only howl me down. Too niche! Too geeky! Too Whovian!

Who knows? They may be right. So let's make our own fun with the dozen actors who've played Who in the last 50 years. No need for a definition, unless that happens to mesh like magic with your wordplay. Go forth and knead your Bakers, deploy McCoy and reinvent your Tennant. Most of all: enjoy the time warp.

WILLIAM HARTNELL

PATRICK TROUGHTON

JON PERTWEE

TOM BAKER

PETER DAVISON

COLIN BAKER

SYLVESTER MCCOY

PAUL MCGANN

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON

DAVID TENNANT

MATT SMITH

PETER CAPALDI

Who will make the best Tardis Triads? 

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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
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
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