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Salon 31 - Letters of Note

8 September, 2014

I'm launching a cool new alphabet book tonight. Two in fact, both enlisting letters as graphic tools to illustrate what the letters spell. Confused, then peek here at Melbourne Style - and you may be more confused! In short, see how bed also outlines itself. So now draw the Eiffel Tower, using the scaffold of EIFFEL TOWER....

Speaking of letters, to answer last week's conundrum, let me introduce you to Eric Gill, sculptor, typeface designer, printmaker and CALLIGRAPHER. As for his notoriety, that will happen if you sleep with your sister, and your pet dog... He was a weird one, but a gifted lettersmith.

As a new conundrum, what word sounds like its opposite? (This won't take the seasoned puzzler too long, as the pair does gets its share of limelight. But is the pair unique? Can you argue other pairs - like pare and pair - that could be viewed as antonyms in certain contexts?)

Thanks to Anthony for the Times tipoff. Mark you diaries - October 6 is a zinger, with a brilliant Nina message too. Meanwhile, your own messages will be newly handled by a website reno today - don't panic. The change will thwart spam, at least, as well as give us new options as forum contributors. So message away, offer feedback, and rejoice or resile from the week's crosswords here. Have a wordy week.

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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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