Monthly Archives: March 2012

ExZillerating chat with ex-burgermeister

I’m minding my own business, chewing on a crossword clue: Comments about spicy beef burger made without Blacks, Browns or Reds, initially, lands Premier in hot water (7)*. Where do I start? I remember sage advice from Joni The Jam … Continue reading

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Hashtagisms are tweetporn for @wordnerds

Song causing dry eyes at being played? (9)*. “A challenge for you,” said The Shrink, my crossword companion. “You must solve this clue today – if you don’t, you have to listen to Justin Bieber,” she said. She was way … Continue reading

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Reports of my Argus sub-3 have been greatly exaggerated

Doing an “Argus sub-3” is the holy grail of cycling – it’s like a hole-in-one in golf. For writers, it’s the equivalent of a glowing review in The New York Times and for crossword solvers, it’s cracking one of Araucaria’s … Continue reading

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Birthday boy bedlam

Boisterous boys whizz about, revved up on the thrill of being boys. They jump, skip, shriek, dance and whoop. I look at them and want to collapse on the floor. Be strong, I tell myself. It’s my son’s Khwezi’s eighth … Continue reading

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The Malema hearing: How I came to be Juju’s attorney

I’m just a boy, standing in front of a doctor, asking him to make it go away. Oh, and I’m in my underpants. “What’s the matter,” the doctor asks. Where do I start? With my broken hand? Or my non-broken … Continue reading

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