MM Links October 2010, Week 2

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Strix | 08:45 Sat 09th Oct 2010 | Quizzes & Puzzles
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When I left you last weekend I had written about some of my time at University in the ‘60’s. The beginning of the 70’s found me working in London for a famous Graphics, Industrial Design and Architecture firm. And through a friend working there I landed up sharing a two-storey flat in the heart of Soho.


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It was a fun time and as I lived close to Air recording studios on Oxford Circus, where my friend the-would-be Pop Star was just starting his climb to fame, I quite often went to his recording sessions to offer “helpful” suggestions! But as his career took off (probably because he ignored those suggestions!) so mine went into decline. For the economic collapse of the 70’s had led to most architects in London becoming unemployed. And after trying to earn money working in a warehouse, as a decorator and as a labourer I left London mid-70’s, completely skint, to live with friends and try to earn a living as an architect in Hampshire.

However for today you will, I hope, forgive me for revisiting territory I touched on when setting the Links some time ago for that subject has been a major part of my life along with my work ever since that move.

And what is this subject I hear you ask?

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I had ridden a lot as a child but was, to be frank, pretty rubbish at it! However now back in the country I once again, through my wife-to-be, become involved in equestrian world I soon realised that world is like a world-wide Cosa Nostra. At a certain level everyone knows everyone else who counts (or knows someone who does) worldwide. AND of course, like the Triads or the Mafia, they all speak a secret language mostly unknown to the general public.

For example to most people the sentence “Of course she over-faced the horse” would be pretty meaningless. Over-faced is not even in Chambers but any horse person in the English-speaking world would know what it means and would have done so a hundred years ago. What would you imagine had happened to a horse that had been “bishop’d”? Blessed by a priest? No, his teeth would have been tampered with so as to change its apparent age.
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There is always an image that people on horses are toffs. This is partially because they sit so far up in the air that they look down on you. But that they are all toffs is so far from the truth as to be risible. Some of the very top British riders come from most modest of backgrounds and have begged, scraped and slaved to get there. Believe me, people from the greatest and humblest backgrounds happily mix together without any problems or prejudices.

You see life with equines is an addiction, a bankrupting one at that and it is no coincidence that one of the street names for that most addictive of drugs, Heroin, is HORSE. And as addicts they experience and share the same problems and pleasures on an equal level!

So the words chosen for this week all my words come from the equestrian lexicon BUT again, like last week, do NOT assume that my preferred link words come from the same lexicon!
are gen2 and Strix related? :-))
No Pauline, I'm not a horse.
Maybe he's a centaur?
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As always, 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 my selected words will be declared and the same rules for awarding points will be applied as have been applied during all MM Link Games in the past.
My final set of four words to have their links predicted will appear below at 9.00am.

Right, so let’s mount up, pick up the bit and kick on.
LOL gen2 and AQA. :-)
which one, AQ ??
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I, Strix the equestrienne’s lesser-half, challenge you to find my preferred link-words to these which are


Bolt cutter
hand cart
Side dish
Stud farm
Bolt Cutter
Cart Wheel
Satellite Dish
Collar Stud
I will go with...

Good morning. I'll try :

safety BOLT
press STUD
Bolt hole
Glass dish
Collar stud
bolt HOLE
MILK cart
FRUIT dish
PRESS stud
Thunder Bolt
Cart Horse
Butter Dish
Stud Muffin

Cart wheel
Dish washer
Diamond stud
Bolt rope
APPle cart
FISH dish

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