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MM Links November [Week 2]

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Strix | 09:45 Sat 08th Nov 2008 | Quizzes & Puzzles
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Good morning and welcome and, yes, it is I Sir Strix the Artichoke back to tease you for a second week. It may be thought that having been given the privilege of setting the MM Links that the first thought of the setter is to be so esoteric in his choice of words as to make it damn-near impossible for anyone to score points. This is so far from the truth as to be unfunny. Consequently I was sad that it might have seemed I had been deliberately abstruse with my first selection of words. I will try, somehow or other this week to be a little more obliging by way of hints. Regardless, as ever, the kite-marked and patented crofter is at my elbow to steady and guide me as I blunder my way through the setting of the Link words and to make sure they are all there for your delight and delectation at 9a.m.

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Now, a little more of the history of Sir Strix. Somehow after many years of short trousers, cold baths and dormitories I found I was going to University.
If I was astonished it was as nothing to the utter amazement of my parents and the teachers at my boarding school who had assured me that I was destined to spend the greater part of my adult life in that boarding school without holidays known, euphemistically, as being �detained at her Majesty�s pleasure�.
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University, after school, was a revelation. At those exams of yesteryear, known as O levels, one studied up to 12 subjects, and at A level 4 of them in much greater detail. Suddenly at University I was only required to study one along with a couple of ancillary related subjects. With the benefit of hindsight it seems that my primary subject of study was the female of the species, with pubs and darts following close behind. I was assiduous in these studies with only the occasional stumble (fumble?) mainly in small talk and in trying to perfect the art of undoing a bra one-handed.
However I persisted in my studies and after much time spent practising I was informed, with a slap across the chops, that I had passed my practical.
The problem with pursuing these interests was that I was interrupted by these busybodies called lecturers who insisted on Strix sitting in rooms, taking notes and listening to them making constructive comments about how things are manufactured, put together and made to stand up, and then take exams to prove that I had been paying attention. They said that, what with my extra-curricular activities, my academic career was likened �unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand�. This was a damned impertinence and a confounded nuisance.
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Sometime later, and again to everybody�s astonishment, I found I had a BA (hons) after my name. This was fine but created a problem. You see architecture is a two degree course and after that first degree and before you can start your second degree you are expected to go and do something called �work�. The problem was that this �work� thing was not something I had ever come across before. However by an extraordinary stroke of luck I obtained a job with an architect in London who had been trained by the great Frank Lloyd Wright and additionally this architect was also a world famous stage-designer. My lecturers were much impressed by that first bit of his CV.
However after spending many enjoyable months working with him it came to my lecturers� attention that not much architecture was being done by Strix, as I was helping design stage-sets for theatres in London�s West End and also for a strip show in a Las Vegas hotel. �It is time young Strix�, they declared, �for you to have a more hands-on experience at the coalface of architecture�. So from living on a good wage in Soho and a high life with the great and good of the late 60�s I suddenly found I was that humble form of life known as a Builder�s Labourer, working for a pittance in a provincial town with a 7.30 am start, a 5.30 finish and a five and a half day working week and only half-an-hour at lunchtime to get to the boozer. Lo, how the mighty had fallen. But I did learn how things were put together and how they were made to stand up but worst of all it was down to me to unload the all ruddy stuff and carry it to the people who actually made it all stand up. Of that five-storey building there is not one bit that I did not handle at some time. At the end of my stint, by golly, was I fit and, boy, didn�t I learn an awful lot of four-letter Anglo-Saxon words with which to pepper every sentence. But no, I promise, there is no Brand/Ross element to the link words!
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Needless to say, for the every day running of MM, I will follow the same rule as introduced by crofter on word length. Each of my chosen link words contains at least four letters and at most eight. Stray outside this range and you will be wasting one of your attempts!
Each of my selected words may go in front of or after my challenge word. The competition will officially close at 7.00pm on Sunday evening when crofter will declare my selected words, then apply the same rules for awarding points that have been applied during all MM Link Games in the past .
My second set of four words to have their links predicted will appear below at 9.00am.
Good luck to you all.
Well I haven't got a clue what Strix is hinting at...except University....of Life!
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I, Sir Strix the Artichoke, challenge you to predict the second set of words based on things that are everywhere around you:
Building Materials

BRICK
WOOD
IRON
CONCRETE

Better luck this week!
Fire Brick
Wood Louse
Iron Lady
Concrete Jungle
brick lane

ancient wood

iron bridge

concrete shoes
Good morning Strix
I will attempt to gain points with:-

HOUSE brick
wood SCREW
WROUGHT iron
concrete MIXER
Building Brick
Wood Grain
Angle Iron
Concrete Block
fire brick
wood burner
angle iron
concrete slab
building BRICK
WOODlouse
IRON filings
CONCRETE floor
BUILDING brick
wod BURNER
SAG iron
concrete BUNKER
Concrete mixer
Brick wall
Iron Duke
Woodstock
Good morning all, and thank you Strix.
My attempts this week are :
BRICK layer
WOODstock
IRONbridge
CONCRETE jungle

Good luck everyone !
Brick Works
Ronnie Wood (old rockers never die)
Iron anaemia
Concrete Block

thanks
jan
Brick Trowel
Satin Wood
Iron Fist
Concrete Jungle
should be slag iron
I will try...

FIRE Brick
Wood ANEMONE
Iron CURTAIN
Concrete Jungle

Good Luck all
house brick
wood wind
iron curtain
concrete jungle

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