8 March, 2016
This week marks a perfect storm for a certain Brainstorm theme. The tempest centres upon that curly-tailed monkey on your keyboard known as the at-symbol.
In case you missed the news, US networker and designer Ray Tomlinson (pictured) died on Sunday night. Ray is the maestro behind the beloved dingus, a key tool in online connections, not to mention grocery signs. Here's an excellent obituary of the creator.
Meanwhile, separate from punctuation news, our own SK crafted a clue for the weekly word in MUSKEG, opting for this tack:
Smug eccentric admits filming Kate Moss here
Note the boundary-pushing in the wordplay, where an eccentric SMUG 'admits' K-at-E. That's right, in this @-rich world, MATE is another way of saying ME, while LOCATE translates as LOCE, and so on.
Question being, do you think the device is kosher? Love to hear your verdict.
Second question: who can make the best clue using this nifty tool? Choose any topic, though bonus points for focusing on computing culture. Though really, feel free to take as much l@itude as you wish. For example:
HARDWARE - Computer and printer, say, had raw rate adjusted
LOWER - Observe water in sink
ROTOR - Rotator?!
Got the formul@ion? The game should make for a r@tling m@ch!