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News and Pew-Pews

28 March, 2013

For those who like their AFL, plus a cryptic kink, then may I remind you that Footy Almanac is resuming its DA puzzle series, with three clues per week. Make it part of your surfing week.

Second, my News Clue continues on Radio National’s Sunday Extra, where a name salvaged from the week’s press gets pretzeled into wordplay. Usual time is 745am Sundays, or try the podcast. And this week, for an Easter variation, host Jonathan Green will be quizzing me about Cryptopia, same time.


Been reading Netymology this week, a glossary on online terms from Apps to Zombies by Tom Chatfield. Plenty to like about the lexicon. Would love your thoughts on these two:

  1. Modern sound effects: If lasers go pew-pew, or eating is om-nom-nom, after the Cookie Monster, what other modern FX can you suggest? To plip means to unlock a car nowadays.

  2. The Scunthorpe Problem: Due to a vulgarity perched in Scunthorpe, the town gets, ahem, shafted by puritan filters. Just as CLASSIC may convert to CLBUTTIC for being less lewd apparently. Then there was US sprinter Tyson Gay who appeared as Tyson Homosexual in the copy. Any other likely names and words on the net-nose? And how might they convert?

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