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15:59 UK time, Friday, 4 January 2008

Re the daily mini-question: "za" (meaning CENSORED SO AS NOT TO SPOIL THE FUN) was used in Neal Stephenson's book Snowcrash as early as 1993, when the 13-year-old who wrote Teen Talk wasn't even born.
Justin Rowles, Winchester, UK

The OED has "za" for CENSORED SO AS NOT TO SPOIL THE FUN) dated to 1968, so it's not just out of date but possibly starting to go off a bit.
Rob Foreman, London, UK

Evidently Paper Monitor is not wasting as much time as some of us on a certain social networking site or they would have discovered the Scrabble application - which recognises the word "za", thus enabling oldies like me to answer today's DMQ correctly.
I'll get tamocy.
Pix6, Vienna, Austria

Re Man Utd snub Newcastle Brown bid: Did anyone else think this was a business story about a brewery trying to take over a football club? Maybe I've been working in the City too long.
Jo, London, UK

Oh my god! Oh my god! I just scored 7 out of 7 on 7 days 7 questions. This is a proud moment.
Louise, Oxford

I just got six in the quiz of the week's news. Would anyone like to join me for a celebratory drinking-into-oblivion to make tomorrow disappear and help me believe that there really are only six days in a week?
David Richerby, Leeds, UK

So according to this story we blame the snow on the weather. Silly me, I thought it was because it was January and we get snow in January.
Pete W, Oban

Re piers being great (Paper Monitor): my dad has recently embarked on a semi-mission - dare I say... crusade? - to go to every single pier in the UK, or visit the site of what might have once been a pier before nature took back the sea. The terrible thing is you find yourself, as the dutiful offspring, remembering snippets of information from such field trips and casually slipping them into conversation. So don't laugh, lest it happen to you one day.
Sarah B, Southampton

Since when has "ruggedised" '(One laptop project loses partner) been a word in the English language? Surely the writer could have spent a few minutes coming up with an alternative way to state that the laptops in question were built to survive harsher environments? Come on BBC, there are standards after all.
Paul, Chelmsford

Hello and Happy New Year! When is the caption competition coming back, now that the BBC has been given the partial all-clear to host competitions once again? Looking forward to your response.
Helen Cumberbatch, London, England

Kip (Wednesday's letters) and Sam (Thursday's letters), stop it! All these dreadful puns are starting to really get my goat.
Adam, London, UK

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