New Zealand Listener - - BOOKS & CULTURE - By Gabe Atkinson

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: wordsworth@lis­tener.co.nz or Wordsworth, NZ Lis­tener, Pri­vate Bag 92512, Welles­ley St, Auck­land 1141. Please in­clude your ad­dress. En­tries may be edited for sense or space rea­sons.

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