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Would-Be Words

29 August, 2017

This week - at the Melb Writers' Fest - I rejoice in Shakespeare words (gloomy, scuffle) and Shakespeare quotes (insert favourite here) with gallant teens. Though let's not forget The Bard saw several of his coinages splutter, never reaching the popular lexicon.

Hence we toast those would-be words for this week's Storm, a dozen words Bill built, only to collapse soon after. Can you create a clue for any of these, using both wordplay AND definition this time? To quote King John, you 'can play fast and loose.' For the play's the thing...

BOGGLER - one who hesitates

CARLOT - churl; boor; bumpkin

CONGREEING - agreeing en masse

FAP - sozzled

FOXSHIP - wiliness, cunning

INCARNADINE - bright crimson

NEAR-LEGGED - of a horse with narrow stance

POTATO FINGER - penis

QUATCH - chubby

TANLING - either one seized with hopes of unattainable pleasure or sunbather [scholars can't decide - take your pick!]

VASTIDITY - magnitude

WAPPENED - corrupt

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