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Salon 1

7 January, 2013

First full week of a spanking new year, so why not recalibrate, and start from One? Any complaints, contact the ombudsman forthwith.

Few tidbits for those still enmeshed in the media churn: I’ll be discussing the 10 Commandments of Cryptics For Beginners with Steve Vizard on 3AW this afternoon, between 2.30 and 3. So feel free to tune in. You may get a chance to call in and postcript the decalogue.

Second, on Victorian ABC at 8.30 tonight I’m riding shotgun with George McEncroe, yakking about hippacrumps, cajunkers and tinkle-tonkles. And if you have no inkling what these family words mean, catch us here. Maybe you have your own family words to add? Share a smatter of your domestic dialects.

A reminder too, that Learnage is slated for its second outing on RRR this Tuesday night, 8-10, where Oslo Davis and I will grill an anaesthetist, find out what really happens when we’re sedated.

And for those still pencil-chewing, here’s the place to chat about what clues you’ve loved and huhhed from the Times and the G.

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