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Claims To Fame

20 November, 2015

Folly time - a playful reward for such serious monkeying. (Congratz to Ray and Sam - alias Ronald & Extra Pickles - for scooping Wordburger. And a major huzzah for Jon whose brainteasers powered our Clayton's storm all week.)

So what's the game? When I realised Andy Warhol made an OPUS of SOUP, I began musing of other people, and places, and products, that could make equivalent claims to fame, using anagrams or other manipulations.

I'll show you what I mean:

Philip Glass - the man who made us LISTEN to SILENT

Christian Dior - the designer to put ESCORT into CORSET

Bill Leak - the man to find ART in CARTOONING

Adele - the pop star who MADE LEADING her own

Got the gimmick? Think word magic as motto. Feel free to pick a product too, a time in history, perhaps a location. So long as you apply a literal tweak to your claim. Enjoy the diversion after all the week's wondrous perversion.

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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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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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