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26 October, 2010

Blends are all the craze, and I don’t mean coffee beans. Just take a look around you and there’s genome (an overlap of gene and chromosome) or docudrama, or the newer blends of bromance and chillax.

Keeping the momentum, we’ll be coining our own overlaps this week, with one guiding rule. The blend must hinge on three or four shared letters – the tail of the first, and the opening bracket of the second. A word like numbatik, say, would be Indonesian cloth with a pocket. Or a tobaccount: emphysema survivor’s story.

Imagine this new combo is a word fit for the dictionary. So present the word, and then provide a definition. Like so:

BOTOXIC: Cosmetic with harmful after-effects

ZEBRAN: Black-and-white cereal

CUSTARDIS: Dessert trolley that can travel through time

STIGMATADOR: Gored torero

Prizes will be allocated in three categories: Niftiest Overlap (3 and 4-letter examples), Sharpest Definition and Most Chance of Becoming a Word. Get overlapping.

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