Miss­ing Links

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

Find word a in word the clue that and fol­lows pre­cedes the first the sec­ond, in each case mak­ing a fresh word or phrase. Eg the an­swer to fish mix could be cake (fish­cake & cake mix) and to bat man it could be he (bathe & he- man) ... a) stone room c) hu­man horse e) grape gun b) rolling cube d) win­dow sta­tion f) pork ties

1 Greece is where it is, ex vi ter­mini, as we used to say in the old days. An al­ibi is a de­fence by virtue of one’s be­ing

else­where, which is quite dif­fi­cult for a coun­try to do. And was used to be were in coun­ter­fac­tu­als!

2 See di­a­gram (right). With thanks to Jon “Chap­pers” Chap­man.

3 They started with 16, 10 and 10cc in them, in or­der. 4 All 4-1 and one 4-all. 5 All num­bers of the form p x q (p and q both primes) are triv­ially magic. The num­ber of primes is in­fi­nite (Eu­clid); so the num­ber of mul­ti­plica­tive magic num­bers must also be in­fi­nite. Point to Pon­der What is the next mul­ti­plica­tive magic num­ber af­ter 6? What other forms of num­ber besides pq are mul­ti­plica­tively magic?

WORD­PLAY

Word­pool d), c) E pluribus unum COTONEASTER Un­cle Re­bus WELL OUT OF OR­DER Miss­ing Links a) stone/chat/room b) rolling/stock/cube c) hu­man/race/horse d) win­dow/dress­ing/sta­tion e) grape/shot/gun f) pork/pie/ties

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