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Needing No Intro

15 January, 2013

Feel like a game? Here’s a gimmick I conjured over lunch, playing around with the phrase, ‘needing no introduction’. Applying that expression to some household names (and removing their surname’s first letter), you may find a composed leg-spinner is Shane Arne, or director of The Birds is Wes Raven.

Or being wackier, could an accident prone singer be David Owie, and a cold novelist, David Alouf? See if you can identify these characters below, with altered initials supplied, and then share the ploy with byline and numbering.

  1. Procrastinating fullback (BL)
  2. Procrastinating court champ (PA)
  3. Bicycle removalist? (CV)
  4. Heiress Wallaby skipper (GR)
  5. Trash-talking gourmet (PE)
  6. Personal mountain trainer (MR)
  7. Poet of Nottingham (CS)

Blab the names, and clue some more, below.

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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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