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Fear Dinkum

12 September, 2012

Two puzzly treats to keep your mind in shape. The first comes from Dabbler RK who’s back in the creative groove with two new crosswords. RK8, which I tackled yesterday, is an elegant themer with plenty to like.

The second offering is older-school, those abbreviated equations you confront at every trivia night (8 = T on an O, etc), but here’s a difference. This is one almighty long list, and there’s bound to be some coded maths you haven’t met. (Thanks for Nib for the link.)

And lastly, a creative challenge for you. The New Yorker blog runs a Twitter game called Questioningly, posing readers with offbeat dares. Like invent a new phobia, as happened on Friday 13. With apologies for trimming the contributors' names, here are some comical suggestions,:

Shymalanophobia: “The fear that your life will have a great twist ending, but you’ve already figured it out”

Susuphobia: “The fear of Phil Collins”

O’phobia: “The fear of all things Irish”

Phophobia: “The fear of delicious Vietnamese noodles”

Rosebudophobia: “The fear that you won’t enjoy a movie because people have already told you its secret”

Fee-fi-phobia: “The fear of giants”

Möbiusphobia: “The fear of moving forward and ending up back where you started”

Read more here. And concoct your own fresh fears 3.0 in the forum.

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