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10 February, 2016

Melbourne's Wheeler Centre has been running a wordy fundraiser that's well worth a look. For $85 you can foster flaneur, adopt avaunt, or secure custody of callipygean (have a shapely bottom).

Half the offered words you'll know. Many have already been adopted, with the dough going to help spreading literature and story-telling through the community. Feel free to browse the list and consider being a patron. I'll be playing an active role in spreading the word later this year.

Meanwhile the handpicked XI below are my faves. Some real gems here, all worth a little cryptic finagling, assuming you don't suffer caducity (senility) or cacozelia (speech affectation). Enjoy these lulus:

AGATHIST - one who believes that things tend towards good

BALTER - dance awkwardly, yet with obvious enjoyment (See Dad-dancing)

CATILLATE - to lick plates

DOROMANIA - preoccupation with giving gifts

ENODE - to unknot

FINIFUGAL - fearful of anything concluding

IATROMISIA - aversion to doctors

LAGOTIC - having rabbit-like ears

ONIOCHALASIA - buying or shopping as stress relief

SCURRYFUNGE - hastily clean before guests arrive

ZYGAL - H-shaped

Ensure your clues contain both defintion & wordplay. The rest is all agathism.

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