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Alternate Musicians

11 February, 2014

Here’s a piece of brain candy from the prolific puzzlers over at Puzzability. The original idea was to present the odd or even letters of a well-known muso, or singer, such as Sheryl Crow (SEYCO), or Frank Sinatra (RNSNTR). You get the drift, right?

Well let’s modify the formula. Let’s see who can find:

(a) a word using this technique, plucking out the odds (or evens) or musical acts, including soloists and bands; and

(b) who can jumble the odds (or evens) into a word, all the more impressive if the word can somehow relate to the source, as amplified in a sentence.

A rough-and-ready go –

A) Journey > ORE
Ke$ha > EH? (Yep, this is a tough feat…!)

B) Otis Redding > TENDS (He tends to be included among the top 20 blues artists.)
Elvis Presley > SERVES (He serves a vital role to retro lovers.)

An EMI contract for anything vaguely lyrical.

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