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Your Listening Pleasure

30 October, 2013

Testing, 1…2… Hope your sound systems are sound this week, as you can catch your blog host flapping his jaw across several wavelengths (as per usual).

In two ticks, around 12:30 today (Wednesday), I’ll be confessing my verbaholic ways to Alicia Sometimes on Triple R’s Aural Text. If you can’t grab a radio, or PC, then tab the show for a Listen On Demand.

Likewise, if you have an idle 30 minutes, then I can recommend the yak I had with Tim Cox on ABC Brisbane. Here’s the podcast. You’ll hear the chat is less on Cluetopia, and more about cryptic pitfalls, but the quality of the listeners' calls keeps the topic pulsing.

Meantime, if you want your chance to win Cluetopia, then get your text and tweet fingers flexed for my Adam Spencer #daplay this Friday. Our game has been delayed by Sydney’s chronic fires, which have thankfully eased. Meaning Adam and I can spark up with wordplay, as can you.

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OBVS I'm fine with it
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Words With Friends, maybe. Scrabble, no
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