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Paul Mark 2

29 May, 2012

What? Where did the original Paul Storm go. Relax – it’s right here, remixed and reloaded. Seems the majority wishes to play this game more off-site. Or at least scribble and scratch in plain view, and THEN submit their very best by deadline. As for my involvement, I shall be impersonate the genuine Paul when the crunch comes, going by a Paul alias.

So the contest is clear. Devise your best clue for each of the four words below and email the quartet by Thursday 9pm. (Treat the forum as doodle space, using your Paul pseudonyms.) Once all clues are in, I will repost the lot, including the genuine Paul clues, sometime Friday.

That will give you 12 hours to register your vote per word, trying to spot which is the real thing. Scores amass from nailing the right clue (1 point) and duping other players to vote for yours (2). Clearish? Hope so. Let’s try. The new four:


Experiment in the Comments, to keep the post ticking. (I shall be part of the drafting phase too, with my own gear and alias.) Then craft your best for submission by deadline, and wait for the master list to lob for voting. If we can finesse this formula, we will enjoy some major mischief in future bids. Get composing, McCartney & Co.

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Rewording The Brain

Focus & memory, lateral leaps & logic - every aspect of cognitive health is lit in Rewording The Brain, a book revelling in how puzzles boost your brain. Part 2 equips your brain to conquer any twisty clue, plus the wild crossword finale. Pop science meets neural gameplay, Rewording is rewarding, and out now.


Rewording The Brain

Care to renew your noodle? Rewording The Brain explores the latest neural studies, seeing how puzzles (and twisty clues) boost your neurons. Part 2 helps you crack such clues, and prep the grey matter for the crossword showcase to finish. More here

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101 Weird Words (and 3 Fakes)

From Ambidextrous to Zugwang, this mini-dictionary teems with rare or alluring words, plus bonus riddles, puzzles and fun word-facts. Dictionary detective will also nab the collection's three fakes. Ideal for late primary schoolers, or word-nuts in general.

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Gargantuan Book of Words

Sneeze words. Fake pasta. Viking slang. Gargantuan is a jumbo jumble of puzzles & games, mazes & quizzes, tailor-made for that wordy wonderkid in your life. Or anyone in love with letters, secret codes, puns, rhymes, emoji & all things languagey. More here 

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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
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