This week’s challenge invited readers to select a word beginning with A or R and provide an alternative definition, according to the way it sounds.
Marg Noble of Wellington writes: Rupee: regretting your decision to bypass the last toilet stop. M Harvey, Picton: Anodyne: to be turned away from a restaurant with a strict dress code.
Rex McGregor, Auckland: Amphibious: a self-confessed liar; Automated: regretting a missed opportunity for sex. Jess Miller, Northland: Abundance: ancient pagan festival in celebration of baked goods.
Chris Greenwood, Motueka: Rhubarb: hunting spear carried by indigenous Australians. Jann Ross, Glen Eden: Remember: surgery performed on John Wayne Bobbitt.
Chris King, Wellington: Rottweiler: special barrow used to carry mulch and compost for the garden. Keith Davidson, Blenheim: Alimony: entrance fee for a tenpin bowling game.
John Mills, Gebbies Valley: Recoup: mustering all your chickens. Paul Kelly, Palmerston North: Altruism: to reject the notion of fake news.
Brian Pointon, Tauranga: Rationale: the clarity of thinking that comes during Dry July. Peter Stewart, Temuka: Aorta: the feeling that one should do something even though one would prefer not to.
But Hans Zindel of Palmerston North takes the prize this week: Acoustic: symbol of authority carried by military dictators.
For the next contest, send in a limerick about a well-known scandal. You may choose an incident from entertainment, politics, sport, business or any other area, New Zealand or international, and it must have really happened. Entries, for the prize below, close at noon on Thursday, September 27. Submissions: email@example.com or Wordsworth, NZ Listener, Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141. Please include your address. Entries may be edited for sense or space reasons.