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'Th' Friday Follies

12 July, 2013

See if you can recognise these two mystery voices in Newcastle’s Treasure Hunter Contest? Oops, I almost gave the answers away. One day I’m hoping to set one of these quests, a clue scramble around the region, though I can tell you know the grail will await you in a winery (winter) or a surf hangout(summer). That place teems with attractions – now with added clues!

Whack it up. Stir it up. A great podcast about Boston mobspeak, drawing on Yiddish, Russian and Shakespeare. And if you are a Sopranos fan, enjoy David Chase’s eulogy for big Jimmy Gandolfini.

And lastly, a bizarre story about a Melburnian restaurateur who wants to reduce ‘the’ to a symbol, in the same way the ampersand has supplanted ‘and’. What’s your take on this? What word would you reduce, and how? Or can we downsize any word with creative pizzazz? Like this:

-iki = DASHIKI

What else?

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Rewording The Brain

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If you missed my riddle chat with Richard Fidler, then feel free to slurp the podcast at http://ab.co/1I9t1x5

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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