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14 July, 2015

Blame Mauve for this Storm idea. The occasional contributor, and inventive cluesmith, recently sent me a batch of clues involving names. One I shared in this week's WoW forum:

Bill Gates driving most erratically (11)

The answer (I eventually twigged) is ADVERTISING, an anagram of GATES + DRIVIN. The straight clue, of course, is Bill. Since that's the challenge at the heart of this week's Storm, to present a name that seems inviolate - a single ironclad unit - which actually needs dividing in the clue's parsing.

Complicated? Mauve was kind enough to send other examples:

Stop Red Symons swimming around New York = SYNONYMY

The class of Elizabeth Taylor, Yardley's original model = ROYALTY

Pat O'Shane ordered wicked cocktail with no ice = SHAKEDOWN

You get the drift. Pick a name where one part can serve a definition role, while the other is implicated in the wordplay. See who can engineer the sweetest split. My start:

Heather Graham originally beyond perverse love = LING

Rusty Crowe ran ragged? = CAREWORN

John Travolta defaced Yankee structure = LAVATORY

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