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196. Word Play 6: Beeing

I went to the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, to marvel at kids spelling words I had mostly...

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195. Word Play 5: 100 Pages of Solvitude

Cain's Jawbone, a murder mystery cryptic puzzle novella in the form of 100 pages presented in the...

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194. Good Grids

Exciting things have been happening with crossword puzzles in the US: more constructors, more...

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193. Word Play 3: Lemon Demon

AJ Jacobs makes The Puzzler podcast, wrote The Puzzler book, and sometimes turns his whole life...

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192. Word Play part 2

This episode, and the next couple of episodes, are about word games! Today, Joshua Blackburn...

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191. Hypochondria

The word 'hypochondria' has travelled from meaning physical ailments in a particular region of...

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190. Craters

When PhD student Annie Lennox discovered a crater on Mercury, she got the chance to name it....

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Tranquillusionist: Person In Scene

This is the Tranquillusionist, in which I, Helen Zaltzman, soothe your brain by saying a load of...

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189. Mouthful of Fortune

At Lunar New Year, certain foods are particularly lucky to eat. Why? Because in Chinese, their...

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188. Lipread

Lipreading has been in the news this month, thanks to gossip-stoking mouth movements at the...

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187. Bonus 2023

It's our annual end of year parade of all the extra good stuff this year's podguests talked...

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186. Ravels

We’ve got knitting! We’ve got eponyms!! We’ve got knitting eponyms!!! Which come with a whole...

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185. Gems and Patties

We’re returning to the theme of renaming, for two food-related renamings: the first one that...

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184. Misophonia

The word 'misophonia' describes a condition that statistically, 20 per cent of you have: an...

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Apple Fest!

All aboard, we're off to the 2023 Apple Festival at the University of British Columbia, to taste...

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183. Timucua

When Spanish missionaries arrived in what is now called Florida, there were 100,000-200,000...

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182. Siblings of Chaos

Lexicographer, author and Dictionary Corner resident Susie Dent has been studying words to make...

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181. Cairns

There's an abiding myth that the landmark dictionaries are the work of one man, in a dusty...

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180. Project ENABLE

Sterling Martin was in grad school, studying C. elegans worms, when COVID19 hit and suddenly he...

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179. Andy Quiz

It's the annual etymology quizlusionist! I’m on a family holiday for the first time since 1988,...

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