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6 July, 2013

Reflecting market sentiment, perhaps, this was our most sluggish Storm for a while, with only a handful of investors, and spreadsheet of opinions. To deepen the depression, we needed to operate without CL’s white-knight intervention.

Anyhow, the challenge was to devise wordplay for currencies across three continents, from Asia to Africa to Europe. Clues were awarded 3 or 1 points. Bearing in mind we had a few abstainers, here’s how Dow Jones saw it:


RINGGITRudd in now, Gillard gone, intensive talkfest begins [Obverse would have won my 3 points if only they said ‘starts’. But a deserved 2 points/2 votes.]

NGULTRUMGunshot left model cockeyed [A fiscal coup for Trash-Euro, with an emphatic 12/4, making this the best clue of the week.]


KWACHAWhack a pervert [Short, sharp, funny. Ergo 7/3 for Mark.]

LILANGENINigella in trouble [Topically, she is, kinda. This headline echo, and concision, gained Obverse 9/3.]


DINHEIROFred’s pet bites the next in line [At least I rose above the all ordinaries, as Piggy, with 7/3…]

HRYVNIATyrannical king without measure, terribly vain […tying with Bling, exactly, for his more erudite deletion.]

Totting up, in ascending order, we see 50 Cent 7, Bling 7, Mark 8, Piggy 9, Obverse 11 and Trash-Euro 14. We wish CL a speedy recovery from his decadent lifestyle (have a great break, Chris, honestly) and of course, festoon the Bourse for the Trash-Euro takeover. Thanks. Till next trade.

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