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Plese Give Bld

29 September, 2016

Ding-dong the glitch is dead. The DA website is back in action, after an enforced lull of IT wrangling and platform disputes.

The hiatus reminded me how rewarding this portal can be, hosting the cream in creative clueing, and sharing news, words and other scuttlebutt of an alphabetical nature. I hope you missed your word-nerd hit as well.

So to celebrate the site's resuscitation, let's do what some companies did last month - and donate blood. In name at least. In case you missed the yarn, several UK firms agreed to remove the blood types (A, B and O) from their names, inspiring folks to give their own blood.

Lovely gimmick. And a perfect Storm idea. Pick a company, and remove its various blood types - then clue the new transfused entity. Like so:

FXTEL - Movie racket OK in hindsight [FX + LET<]

NISC (NABISCO) - Regular clients mismanaged [CINS*]

PTUS - Puts out

As you can see, please provide parsing [where the clue is unpacked] for the more intricate bits of wordplay. And maybe let us know the company - like NABISCO - if the blood-drawing is extensive. Otherwise, get gory. Tell us an amazing story.

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