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5 November, 2013

Woozle. Munzie. Bouba. Kiki. Mankad. Pakapoo. Just some of the words you’ll meet face-to-face in Puzzles and Words 2, the sequel just hitting my porch yesterday. Packed with puzzles and 250 word stories, this is a summer must, the ideal means to animate car trips and beach lazes.

Look for a contest on the blog soon, where P&W2 may be yours to win, or ask your favourite book vendor to get supply, with the release date slated soon. At only $15, it’s giftable gold.

Meanwhile, a few brain-benders from the book to help pass Cup Day:

  1. Six (and arguably seven) countries around the world become English words when their last letter is replaced by an E. How many can you name?

  2. Each clue leads to a rhyming pair, where one word is an Ockerism. Chicken volume (CB), of course is Chook Book, while comical WW (FD) is Funny Dunny. Get crackin'.

a. muscly fool (SN)
b. menswear slug (DT)
c. warm mail worker (TP)
d. launder money (WD)
e. macho snack (RS)
f. great pedestrian (CW)
g. cowardly aunt? (YR)
h. dinkier-di Di? (RS)

Good luck on the gee-gees, cobbers.

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