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Madame Ovary

6 June, 2014

Things are lean in the arts sector. With our latest budget favouring jet fighters and highways, the film and literary crowds are needing to cut back. Blue-sky projects are being canned, while proven winners face trimming.

That’s the game, looking at famous titles from the Oz archives, and offshore – books and films – and paring the wording down by a few letters.

That’s our Friday Folly. Pick a book or flick. Then remove one letter or a cluster to inspire a comical synopsis. Here’s my appetiser:

Possum Magi2 wise marsupials visit a dog in a manger

My Brilliant Carermy angelic nursemaid sweats on commensurate wages

Silver Linings Paybookyou’ll get your salary next month, assuming the economy turns

The CastWorking Dog movie focussing on Working Dog actors

The Great Gatsbring back the good old mobocracy

True Gitenter your pet-hate polly here: _____________

Budget time. Snip away.

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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
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