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Selamat Sor\xC3\xA9

13 July, 2011

…or g'day, if you prefer. The plane has landed, and the Bali tan is already fading as you can see. (Unlike the Taliban, which is a different complexion altogether.)

You’ll be glad to hear I resisted the braids, and the butterfly nail polish, though I did succumb to a pair of bogus Vans (those low-cut plimsolls if you’re too square to roll), and a hot-stone massage, with scorch marks to prove it.

Climbed a volcano. Surfed. Snorkelled. Lolled. Cracked puzzles. Fed monkeys. Drank Luwak coffee – look it up! Paid tribute to the Hindu pantheon, and haggled like a harridan to secure a set of Pan pipes – only to wonder why I wanted them in the first place.

Learnt some great words too, like hati-hati (watch out), bagus (cool), lucu (pronounced loo-choo, meaning funny), and my favourite – the label for any tourist calling on a plantation: an agro wisita.

But most importantly, I filled the word tanks and replenished the puzzle ideas, ready for a fresh skirmish on page and blog. Just to prove it, see if you can solve this conundrum:

What particular Asian of seven letters can be encoded SBn?

Nice to be back, and thanks for keeping the home kindle crackling so brightly. Look forward to scrolling the forums in the coming days, as well as catching up with a brand-new swag of puzzly emails and queries I’m bound to handball your way. Terima kasih.

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