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12 August, 2014

A new prize this week – The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher. It’s subtitle in a cursive script says it all – How Handwriting Made Us Who We Are.

(I’ll be chatting with Philip about squiggles, doodles, shopping lists and copperplate at the Melbourne Writers' Fest on Friday arvo, August 29. Come by. Tickets are still available.)

For a chance to win his dashing book, pick the title of a written work (classic, novel, document, poem, script…), plus its writer, and clue both. No need to define either, unless that suits your clue. It’s really a wordplay challenge. Here are some samplers, the first inspired by Mr X’s discovery:

THE ROSIE PROJECT – Eccentric theories stick out
GRAEME SIMSION – Meagre mission dismantled

CANDIDE – Open to designer drug
VOLTAIRE – Spring song on airwaves

Use a writerly alias to keep the voting kosher. Throw around as many ideas as you like, and then before Thursday 8PM, choose your best two pairs (only two) for judging. I will assess and assay to announce a winner on the weekend.

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