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Patent Tent For Dad's Day

4 September, 2015

Psst kids - still time to grab some nose clippers for Dad. Or make a macaroni picture. Or maybe buy a copy of this weird riddle book everyone is talking about...

Or play a Pa puzzle online. For this is this Friday's folly, piercing any word with PA to make a new word, and then clueing the combo as one entity. For example, an obvious shelter is a PATENT TENT, while a split carer is a RENT PARENT.

As you can see, the PA-word can be first or second, depending on which sequence gives you more options. Without letter numbering, see if you ID the pairs that satisfy these clues:

DA1 - Belting old singer

DA2 - Cardinal Pell? 

DA3 - Diet? 

DA4 - Robust wire

DA5 - "A soothing bath is a hassle to prepare...."

As a comical diversion, bung PA into any old word, or name, or title, and give us the new definition:

WAPATCH - Kimberley

PASTARCH - Spaghetti with extra carbs

ENTERTAIPAN - Antivenene laboratory

FRANK SPAINATRA - American answer to Julio Iglesias

THE PALEGO MOVIE - Insipid gamer doco from Japan

Have fun with either one - naming & numbering clues, and sharing the creative stuff. Oh, and have a good one pops.

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Text-speak is creeping into Scrabble. Where do you sit?
OBVS I'm fine with it
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Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
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