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A-ha Moments

24 April, 2012

We wangled One Direction. We made whoopee with N SYNC, so now our boy-band focus turns to a-ha, those Norwegian groovers of the 80s. The essence of course is the palindrome, a word that reads the same in both directions.

Plenty of examples will cross your radar every week, from that other Scandi combo ABBA to the text-speak of LOL, from civic to repaper, from race car to kayak. Choose a palindrome any palindrome, and make a wow-clue. To enable a peer-vote, let’s adopt palindromic aliases, and observe the usual niceties: your top DIY three by Thursday 9pm – with explanations this time – and then your votes from 5 (the best) to 1 on Friday.

As DA now (and beware Ada to come), here’s a few to whet your whistle:

BOOB: Dupe loves to stay in private hotel

SEES: Notices grab hearing

Here’s a palindrome link to help your cogs purr. (Feel free to stray from these suggestions, though let’s avoid the extended, contrived palindromes, keeping to simple words, names or phrases.) Pick a byline, create your clues, file your darlings, vote on Friday, and then let’s see who wins this pap.

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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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