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Writers’ Dash: November 2016

Morning Dash

1. essay 2. autocrat 3. nerdy 4. falsity 5. Venetian blind
6. great 7. muzzle 8. submissive 9. astounding 10. self-consciousness
11. remuneration 12. imperial 13. sublime 14. smitten 15.  nondescript
16. midriff 17. full 18. clock 19. retina 20. stunning
21.  secluded 22. permissible 23. optometrist 24. outreach 25. consuming
26. such and such 27. yelp 28. remarkable 29. gumdrop 30. reformer

Evening Dash

1. communion 2. test drive 3. Protestant 4. gavel 5. hooves
6. settler 7. filly 8. imitation 9. digestion 10. frostbite
11. civics 12. studied 13. forklift 14. yen 15. laurel
16. widely 17. sharpness 18. unmask 19. filling 20. settle
21. disqualification 22. afterward 23. typewritten 24. landlord 25. toughness
26. outrage 27. tactically 28. conservative 29. burger 30. horse

November’s prompts are provided by Doyle.

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Writers’ Dash: October 2016

Morning Dash

1. Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas’ poem, allegedly written for his dying father, although his father did not die until several years later. Quoted by the president in Independence Day.
2. O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done
Walt Whitman poem honouring the death of Abraham Lincoln. Famously much used in Dead Poets Society.
3. Let us go then you and I
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS Eliot – said to represent the frustration and impotence of the modern individual.
4. Because I could not stop for Death
Emily Dickinson poem in which Death, personified as a gentleman caller who accompanies the speaker to her grave.
5. Once upon a midnight dreary
Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem – The Raven.
6. The apparition of these faces in the crowd
Ezra Pound – describing a moment on the Paris Metro in 1912. The whole poem is only 14 words long. The rest are “Petals on a wet, black bough”.
7. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
Elizabeth Barrett Browning – she thought the poems too personal, so published them as though they had been translated – Sonnets from the Portugese.
8. I must down to the seas again
John Masefield, after giving up his dreams of being a sailor due to sea-sickness. Often quoted as “I must *go* down to the seas again”.
9. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
William Shakespeare – possibly one of his most famous.
10. Drink to me only with thine eyes
Song to Celia II, Ben Jonson.
11. I’m sittin’ in the railway station
Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel. Written by Paul Simon while homesick on Widnes railway station.
12. I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
El Cóndor Pasa – Simon & Garfunkel from a Peruvian composition by Daniel Alomía Robles based on Peruvian traditional songs.
13. Hello darkness my old friend
Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel. The song’s success prompted the duo to reunite after breaking up when their previous album was not a success.
14. A winter’s day, in a deep and dark December
I am a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel. Originally recorded solo by Paul Simon in England.
15.  I am just a poor boy
The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel. The lie lie lie chorus was once alleged to be an attack on Bob Dylan. Paul Simon denies this and Dylan has himself covered the song.
16. Slow down, you move too fast
The 59th Street Bridge Song aka Feelin’ Groovy – Simon & Garfunkel. The bridge is more officially known as the Queensboro Bridge.
17. Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
America – Simon & Garfunkel. Apparently written after a 5-day road-trip Simon took with his girlfriend, Cathy, in 1964.
18. Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel. The tune opens and closes the album of the same name.
19. When you’re weary, feeling small
Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel, from the album of the same name. Sail on silver girl refers to Paul Simon’s wife, Peggy Harper having just noticed her first grey hairs.
20. This is the early evening edition of the news
7 O’Clock News – Simon & Garfunkel. A simulated news broadcast (but based on real events of 1966) over S&G singing the hymn, Silent Night.
21.  Is this the real life
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody, aka, Fred’s Thing. Best song ever, don’t even think of arguing.
22. It started out so well.
Queen – Save Me. Written by Brian May about a friend whose relationship had just ended. Verses are in G Maj and the chorus in D maj.
23. Open up your mind and let me step inside
Queen – Play the Game. Written by Freddy. One of the first songs to break their “Nobody played Synth” rule.
24. Another party’s over, And I’m left cold sober
Queen – My Melancholy Blues – just Freddy on piano and a bit of fretless bass from John.
25. I’ve paid my dues, time after time
Queen – We Are the Champions. In 2011, scientists concluded this was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.
26. Oh, oh, people of the earth
Queen – Prophet’s Song – Written by Brian May after a dream about a great flood.
27. Empty spaces – what are we living for
Queen – The Show Must Go On. Recorded by Freddy when he knew he was dying of AIDS but had not yet made this public.
28. I’m just the pieces of the man I used to be.
Brian May/Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You. Originally recorded by May as a solo project before the Queen version.
29. Sometimes I feel I’m gonna break down and cry
Freddy Mercury – Living on my Own. From Mr Bad Guy.
30. When the outside temperature rises
Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad. With the wonderful line “I think I’m a banana tree”.
 31. I was working in the lab, late one night
For today’s date? There can be no other song… The Monster Mash, of course.

Evening Dash

1. A single gunshot 2. A flooded cave 3. A brand new car 4. A friend’s unusual pet 5. A murderous plan
6. A waste of time 7. A tiny spot 8. A singing telemarketer 9. A rainy day 10. A fork in the road
11. An insomniac violinist 12. A chance meeting 13. A nosebleed 14. A strange custom 15. A lethal habit
16. A box full of keys 17. An abandoned convent 18. A loud thump 19. A famous dancer 20. A bingo book
21. A candy cane 22. A love letter 23. A scary clown 24. A tragic downfall 25. A different person
26. An immature vendetta 27. A dandelion seed 28. A flooded cave 29. A book missing a page 30. A secret code
 31.  An awkward situation

October’s prompts are provided by Nate and Lizzie.

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Writers’ Dash: September 2016

Morning Dash

1. Born in the USA 2. American Pie 3. Leningrad 4. We Didn’t Start the Fire 5. His Eye is on the Sparrow
6. American Trilogy 7. The Beautiful People 8. Streets of Philadelphia 9. How Do You Like Me Now? 10. Brown Eyed Girl
11. My Boyfriend’s Back 12. Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys 13. Boot Scootin’ Boogie 14. YMCA 15. Crazy
16. Sugar, Sugar 17. Heart of Glass 18. Stand By Me 19. Little Old Lady from Pasadena 20. Sledgehammer
21. Heart of Rock and Roll 22. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay 23. Hello Darlin’ 24. No Scrubs 25. Oops, I Did It Again
26. Hotel California 27. Callin’ Baton Rouge 28. Kick A Little 29. Mambo No. 5 30. You Are My  Sunshine

Evening Dash

1. Sweet Caroline 2. Cherry, Cherry 3. Kentucky Woman 4. Love on the Rocks 5. September Morn
6. Born This Way 7. Hello 8. The River 9. The Change 10. Cat Scratch Fever
11. Midnight Train to Georgia 12. Shoulda Been a Cowboy 13. Bohemian Rhapsody 14. Under Pressure 15. A Kind of Magic
16. Call Me 17. Beach Baby 18. California Girls 19. Purple Rain 20. Call Me Al
21. Baby Grand 22. So Little Kindness 23. Material Girl 24. Dragula 25. Horse With No Name
26. Horse With No Name 27. If Tomorrow Never Comes 28. That’s Just About Right 29. Independence Day 30. Amazing Grace

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Writers’ Dash: August 2016

Morning Dash

1. violin 2. broken wristwatch 3. sentimental 4. ambition 5. little quirks
6. outstanding 7. hold me 8. beginnings 9. purple 10. 10 points
11. all dolled up 12. dark thoughts 13. drool 14. downtime 15. it doesn’t matter
16. mud puddles 17. fairy tale gone wrong 18. breathless 19. contact lenses 20. rough
21. gamble 22. note 23. instructions 24. mask 25. upside down
26. forever 27. snapshot 28. undefeated 29. stroll 30. run
31. test

Evening Dash

1. blindfold 2. insomniac 3. filthy 4. pagan 5. a waste of time
6. elbow 7. empty plate 8. midnight munchies 9. erroneous 10. tarot card
11. gag 12. wreckage 13. mirror 14. I can’t 15. obsession
16. fading 17. meticulous 18. alive and kicking 19. canary 20. fog
21. debauchery 22. pinky promises 23. face the truth 24. synonymous 25. lead
26. taste 27. old acquaintances 28. punch 29. signals crossed 30. sarcasm
31. simple pleasures

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Writers’ Dash: July 2016

Morning Dash

1. twitterpated 2. becoming 3. scandal 4. cynosure 5. ear candy
6. moiety 7. offing 8. unravel 9. laughter 10. ripple
11. serendipity 12. grey goo 13. facepalm 14. bonus 15. elision
16. hellacious 17. fly 18. radballs 19. smooth 20. out to lunch
21. dream team 22. aesthetic 23. trending 24. denier 25. trigger
26. keep it real 27. ailurophile 28. imbue 29. extinction 30. minion
31. summery

Evening Dash

1. pants 2. dalliance 3. emoticon 4. mellifluous 5. God particle
6. ascendance 7. drone 8. gravity 9. wafture 10. inure
11. identity 12. emancipate 13. data 14. phony 15. your mileage may vary
16. evolve 17. phat 18. it’s all good 19. cray-cray 20. El Nino
21. occupy 22. 404 23. tsunami 24. innovation 25. Singularity
26. refugee 27. desuetude 28. digital darkness 29. sumptuous 30. diaphanous
31. sweet

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Writers’ Dash: June 2016

Morning Dash

1. hoodwink 2. clodpate 3. growlery 4. fart catcher 5. gentleman of four outs
6. skilamalink 7. Greek calends 8. abbey-laird 9. Bismarquer 10. cocky as monkeys with tin tools
11. nanty narking 12. whooperups 13. muckender 14. gigglemug 15. tune the old cow died on
16. wittol 17. kiss-curl 18. batty-fang 19. absquatulate 20. a vegetable breakfast (artichoke)
21. tunbelly 22. fly rink 23. Tolliban-rig 24. gullyfluff 25. christened by twelve godfathers
26. grig 27. screever 28. lobster-box 29. turnpike-sailor 30. wearing Joseph’s coat

Evening Dash

1. sike 2. wack 3. man cave 4. legless 5. chick flick
6. rickroll 7. gaydar 8. dawg 9. sext 10. amazeballs
11. chav 12. wOOt 13. pwned 14. hot mess 15. talk smack
16. aggro 17. chuffed 18. bromance 19. grotty 20. lost the plot
21. arsed 22. f-bomb 23. selfie 24. nom 25. taking the piss
26. crack 27. lurgy 28. grrrl 29. blunt 30. cougar/salmon

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Writers’ Dash: May 2016

Morning Dash

1. first kiss 2. final 3. numb 4. broken wings 5. melody
6. rules 7. chocolate 8. nostalgia 9. heartbeat 10. stranger
11. confusion 12. bitter 13. afterlife 14. daybreak 15. audience
16. endless sorrow 17. fireworks 18. wishing 19. ‘happy birthday to you!’ 20. tomorrow
21. oppression 22. agony 23. return 24. protection 25. boxes
26. hope 27. preparation 28. beautiful 29. lies 30. underneath
31. hide

Evening Dash

1. threat 2. empire 3. falter 4. compliment 5. glass
6. honour 7. work 8. jealous 9. strings 10. semantics
11. innocence 12. dispose 13. blaze 14. neglect 15. quake
16. guess 17. quarrel 18. brood 19. effort 20.  now
21. solve 22. rest 23. soon 24. listen 25. haze
26. excite 27. verbal 28. fragment 29. inert 30. classic
31. animal

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Writers’ Dash: April 2016

Morning Dash

1. dare 2. hike 3. mosquito 4. tackle 5. bulletin board
6. adventure 7. splash 8. stinging nettle 9. cave 10. boat dock
11. counselor 12. sing 13. spider 14. privy 15. archery range
16. medic 17. paddle 18. snake 19. rope swing 20. campfire circle
21. mascot 22. climb 23. wildfire 24. marshmallow 25. lookout peak
26. director 27. shoot 28. blisters 29. backpack 30. swimming hole
Extra camper

Evening Dash

1. echolocation 2. spelunker 3. rappel 4. safari 5. botanize
6. recreation 7. sojourn 8. prank 9. wilderness 10. commune
11. expedition 12. primitive 13. orienteering 14. moleskin 15. canteen
16. rejuvenation 17. tall tale 18. folk song 19. compass 20.  hammock
21. hibernation 22. sunscreen 23. binoculars 24. air mattress 25. tarp
26. reservation 27. bandana 28. burrow 29. trail head 30. back country
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