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Quiet Please

30 June, 2015

Rather than clue-crafting this week, let's have fun with a bit of silence. Or at least the call for silence, the universal SH. 

With so much chatter across social media, or the 39 bus to Clovelly, it's only right we insert a call for quiet into any word or name, so creating something new. 

The challenge is more about neologising, rather than turning BLUER into BLUSHER, or any other word into another actual word. For example, RADIO can become RADISHO: Any vegetable eaten with frequency. Just as JOERN SHUTZON designed the self-lcoking door. 

Some lightweight fun, with extra muffling. But who can faSHion the SHiniest?

LASH LAW - Whip-smart lawyers lobby for corporal punishment

FISHRING - A finger variant

DAVID POSHCOCK - Upper-class gigolo

CRUSHELTY - Suffering inflicted as a result of unrequited love

STEAM TRASHIN - Kettle sabotage

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