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Divine Storm

27 August, 2013

Time to win a book, as you may have predicted, for this week we wangle the old ways of divination. The theme underpins this week’s Wordplay column, in light of the looming election. But finding this Wiki page of weird words, I felt we should play with the prophesy.

The game is simple. Pick any ‘mancy’ from the five below, and clue it, using both wordplay and definition. Likewise, pick any other divination from the Wiki page, and provide word and clue (with definition and wordplay). In the end, using shamanic aliases, we will submit our best two clues, one from the set list, and one from the Wiki list.

Voting is 3/2/1 per category, and the overall winner receives a whole book of weird words: Dr Johnson’s Reliquary of Rediscovered Words by Dr N Johnson, no relation. So here’s the set list, while the Wiki wonders are on the above link:

BELOMANCY – future-seeing via arrows
GELOSCOPY – divination by laughter
NOTARIKON – clairvoyant interpretation of initials
SCARPOMANCY – divination via old shoes
TYROMANCY – forecasting through cheese

The die is cast. Adopt an astral alias, and get to your dark work, making clues from both lists. File your best two between 3-7 on Thursday, and on Friday-day all players vote (via Email) 3/2/1 for each category. The best tally wins the good doc’s book. Simple. Divine.

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