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Radio Storm

26 September, 2014

Wanna win a prize? This week's folly is more a think tank. As summertime radio looms, I've been asked to conjure some puzzly ideas for the airwaves. In general, I reckon, too many quizzes or puzzles neglect the audio element. So what are some ideas blending sound and mind-games?

The challenges can have set answers, or creative answers. The level can be easy, or gnarly. Of course, there can be plenty of chat, spoken clues etc, but what are some recipes that maximise sound-grabs, archives, sample clips, voices, sound FX....?

Nothing is too outrageous, as this is suggestion time. I know this may feel like bringing my work to the picnic, but I'd love your input, your genius, your deviance. And to express that love, a damp squid to the best idea. That's a book prize by the way, Damp Squid, a wonderful read all about mangled English by Jeremy Butterfield.

Speak up. I'm listening - and thanks as always.

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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
Let the 'real' dictionaries decide first
Just the handy stuff, like FAQ and EUW
I mean, WTF?! No way
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