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Obesity Bites

6 November, 2015

Folly time, good people, and this time we sift & sort seven-letter words, looking for the ideal heart to manipulate. Inside BIOLOGY, say, is the makings of IGLOO, but the ultimate phrase of BIOLOGY IGLOO doesn't make much sense.

OBESITY BITES, on the other hand, could be clued as Extra-fat snacks. While a Junior rowing team may be a LIGHTER EIGHT

I'm guessing these may be tough to solve, so let's not be too obtuse in our clueing. And likewise, please restrict your picks to seven-letter words only. No other lengths, and only proper nouns if you tell us so. Here are my openers:

DA1 - Zestful cerebrum

DA2 - Soviet athlete

DA3 - Constant pachyderm

DA4 - Cover book

DA5 - Dishevelled scoundrel

DA6 - Trash shop

See if you crack these, or create your own. (For new players, please post any clues with your byline beside a clue number, as I've done here. Just makes the forum easier to follow.) Who will transcend the DENSEST SENSE?

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Rewording The Brain

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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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