24 February, 2014
You may have read my tweet: is there a more humane version of Hangman? A mate of mine teaches English to Iraqi refugees, where junior crosswords are going down a treat, along with primary readers. But he’s a little reluctant to introduce Hangman due to the grisly artwork. Even the name suggests a sorry end which could well evoke painful memories within the class.
So what’s a kinder alternative? Do your own kids, or cousins, or friends, observe a different end-game? Have you met a more PC label for the pastime? Could be the seed of a Wordplay column. Would love to hear your field reports – or brainwaves.
Also in the news, Barack Obama is due to meet the Dalai Lama. Can’t remember when world headlines obsessed over two rhyming VIPs sharing a teapot. Inspires a fun idea: who else could we match-make, making an equivalent splash? Kate Moss and Hugo Boss would hardly raise eyebrows, compared to Tim Winton and Hilary Clinton (who’s after a warmer speechwriter). Or Christopher Pyne and Miranda Devine: in hope of spinning the right media message…. Who else?
Crossword clues get their views here too, with the best of the Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times up for a gander, as well as any other cryptic-cum-verbal titbits you encounter in your travels. Have a wordy week.