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Artistic Mixes

20 August, 2013

This week, can you shine at the ancient art of anagrams? The challenge is to pick an artist of any kind – a muso, a writer, an actor, a painter – and convert their name into a mock-title they’ve created.

PETER CAREY, say, could be CAREER TYPE, which warrants the blurb: a New York exec marries an apiarist in a glass cathedral. Or RUSSELL CROWE could be in a movie called ORWELL’S CURSE, where a man is trapped on the Big Brother set with live rats and high ratings. While CLARE BOWDITCH may sing an Irish ballad about an unknown poet called CELTIC BARD WHO?

That’s the game. No need for aliases. Or voting for that matter. Let’s just roll out some quality mix-ups, and see who can find the ideal project for the perfect auteur. The best will conjure a plausible title of work or song, and give us a telling summary of the output, according to the auteur’s past. Let’s mix.

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Rewording The Brain

Focus & memory, lateral leaps & logic - every aspect of cognitive health is lit in Rewording The Brain, a book revelling in how puzzles boost your brain. Part 2 equips your brain to conquer any twisty clue, plus the wild crossword finale. Pop science meets neural gameplay, Rewording is rewarding, and out now.


Rewording The Brain

Care to renew your noodle? Rewording The Brain explores the latest neural studies, seeing how puzzles (and twisty clues) boost your neurons. Part 2 helps you crack such clues, and prep the grey matter for the crossword showcase to finish. More here

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101 Weird Words (and 3 Fakes)

From Ambidextrous to Zugwang, this mini-dictionary teems with rare or alluring words, plus bonus riddles, puzzles and fun word-facts. Dictionary detective will also nab the collection's three fakes. Ideal for late primary schoolers, or word-nuts in general.

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Gargantuan Book of Words

Sneeze words. Fake pasta. Viking slang. Gargantuan is a jumbo jumble of puzzles & games, mazes & quizzes, tailor-made for that wordy wonderkid in your life. Or anyone in love with letters, secret codes, puns, rhymes, emoji & all things languagey. More here 

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Entrenched stuff - like LOL and OMG - but no more.
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