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29 January, 2016

You can approach today's Folly a few ways, where we toy with two names that share a surname/first name overlap. George Harrison and Harrison Ford, for example, could appear mysteriously as George Ford (the mutual Harrison omitted).

That's one approach - just to serve up the nobbled names to see if others can ID the missing link.

Or maybe a funner game is to cook up a bogus bio for this invented character that alludes to both sourced lives. George Ford could be a Solo Beatle, perhaps.... (6,4)

Or treat the game as a clue Storm, where you create the overlap, and then clue the contrived name, seeing if fellow players can (a) crack your undefined clue, then (b) work out the dovetailed names.

Keeping with GEORGE FORD:

Either end of epee pierces Wolf Cross (6,4)

Too tough? Too many steps? That's up to you - depending on which approach you choose - the bous name; the fictional bio; the cryptic clue. But first, you need to think up the spliced candidates.

Good luck all players, and please present your offerings with byline and number to help us keep track of the clues.

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