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Word Burghers

18 November, 2015

Hit the lights. Cue the fanfare. The time has come to go, ahem, testing, testing. And once the sound is sweet, to say, 'Here are the results from last week's Word Magic storm, with the top entrant - or two - set to score their own new Wordburger.'

Seems the mike is good. I'll proceed: 'Thanks for so many snazzy ideas, with over 50 submissions from such a snackable crowd as Dead Horse and Ronald, Extra Pickles and Vegie, Pattismith and Son of Bun, Sausage Sanga and Onassis Army Cede Bun - to name ten!'

My shortlist in order of arrival:

MUSTARD + RELISH with a tweak = MUST ADD, DELISH [Fries With That]

PAT on the back is a TAP on the back, ad infinitum [Meet Patty]

RAP = LASH, while WRAP = SHAWL [Extra Pickles]

A tale entangling PARTY - PAIR - PAR - PARITY [Pickles again]

Don't P in POOL - that's for the LOO [Vegie]

The odd of THOUGHT = HUH [Extra Pickles]


SANCTIONS = LEGIT, or LEG IT! [Pattismith]

Regular STOUT? SOT! [Vegie]

COLONEL in a CORPS, while KERNEL is a CORE [Ronald]

Grocers' APOSTROPHE is A SHOP TROPE [Fries With That]

Rowers in ARRAY looking backwards at the YARRA [Stephen Fries!! via Sam]

To quote a platitude, I'm in gratitude of your wild-minded attitude. But please step forward Ronald (my pick among the pickles), and the Extra Pickler himself, who notched three honourables. Let me know your ID on the forum, and your snail mail via email. And for those dabblers who dipped out, there's a bright yellow book going for $15 this week that Santa recommends.... Dig in.

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