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Notes on a Sandal

17 May, 2012

Just heard a bunch of manipulated book titles as part of an NPR podcast. The rule was omission, where a single letter had to be axed. And amid the Tweeted suggestions:

Minor portent observed during the American Civil War: Little Omen

At peace among nature: One With The Wind

Cormac’s cowboys wear umpteen dainty socks: All the Pretty Hoses

The Jewish Kama Sutra: The Oy of Sex

Not too shabby, but I kept thinking this corner of cyberspace could do raise the bar – or is that The Return of the Naïve? Anyhow, some brain starters:

Trucking Magnate: Lord of the Rigs

Allied mutiny in the Somme: All Quit on the Western Front

Peak-hour freeway shuffle: Oh the Paces You Will Go!

Drop me a line: MailDA

Or better still, post your own depleted publication, and see if we can’t out-shout the sexy oy.

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