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Part of the Furniture

23 September, 2010

Take your chance to meet Gorm and Benno and Galant and Floro in a piece just posted on the Wheeler Centre website. I wrote the yarn originally as a Wordplay column for Spectrum, though clearly the public fixation behind those IKEA names shows no sign of easing.

Ben Birchall, a Triple-R Breakfaster, plays a brain-bending game on air called Tolkien or IKEA – no easy feat. See how you’d fare singling out the Middle Earthers from the Swedish furnishings in these face-offs:

  1. Faramir vs Freden

  2. Galdor vs Babord

  3. Grundtal vs Grimbold

  4. Deagol vs Molgir

  5. Grima vs Agerum

And while you’re taxing the neurons – who or what is the Allen behind the Allen key? A question from Marisa via the Wheeler, and I’m mildly hexed.

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Rewording The Brain

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