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Avid Ones

29 May, 2015

Wheel out the guillotine as we prepare for a spate of beheadings. Two words, or names, need to be involved, turning David Jones (say) into avid ones. Or Greek Easter into reek aster, shopping mall into hopping all.

No mixing is necessary. Just two clean chops to create your new phrase. To turn the game into a puzzle, please provide clues, plus your initials and number. For example, to get the truncated heads rolling...

DA1 - Pips' leader?/Hen party

DA2 - Book's prelim phase/Lane shelter?

DA3 - Phone phase?/Limerick?

DA4 - Scientific satellite/Gown going places? 

DA5 - Obstacle/Salon sight?

DA6 - Adhesive/Nosy goon?

Compounds are kosher (screwdriver > crew river). Though we may need to use word lengths if the solving proves too tough. Let's see how the cookie rumbles.

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