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Your Listening Pleasure

30 October, 2013

Testing, 1…2… Hope your sound systems are sound this week, as you can catch your blog host flapping his jaw across several wavelengths (as per usual).

In two ticks, around 12:30 today (Wednesday), I’ll be confessing my verbaholic ways to Alicia Sometimes on Triple R’s Aural Text. If you can’t grab a radio, or PC, then tab the show for a Listen On Demand.

Likewise, if you have an idle 30 minutes, then I can recommend the yak I had with Tim Cox on ABC Brisbane. Here’s the podcast. You’ll hear the chat is less on Cluetopia, and more about cryptic pitfalls, but the quality of the listeners' calls keeps the topic pulsing.

Meantime, if you want your chance to win Cluetopia, then get your text and tweet fingers flexed for my Adam Spencer #daplay this Friday. Our game has been delayed by Sydney’s chronic fires, which have thankfully eased. Meaning Adam and I can spark up with wordplay, as can you.

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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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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