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Supermarket: Scrobbled

So, how are your Supermarket Scrabble efforts coming along? As you’ll remember from Episode 10 (providing you’ve heard it… What? You’ve not? Well then, good job you can listen here), we issued a challenge for listeners to visit the spice aisle in their local supermarket or grocers and, providing they helpfully label their spices with a large, plainly legible block capital of the initial letter, spell out a word or phrase in said condiments. Entries have admittedly been thin on the ground, so come on folks, get out and start arranging!

To get you thinking, here are my recent efforts.


My first attempt – rude but not profane.


See, you CAN use it as a platform for nice, encouraging words…


..Or use it to take a stance on Ricky Gervais’ recent insistence upon using controversial language.

Some words of advice though: far be it from us at The Cordrey & Marshall Podcast to be encouraging anybody to be leaving the spice aisle (or any aisle for that matter) in an untidy fashion, we’d expect you to leave the aisle as you found it, if not tidier. Secondly, I’d like to think we’re all above the level of smut that could be stooped to for such a challenge, so while naughty words can doubtless be amusing, let’s aim higher than that. And if you’re going to spell out a spicy swearword, have the good grace to avoid leaving it spelled out for a young whippersnapper to read. With the nation barely recovered from the summer riots and the populace teetering on a knife edge, one wayward toddler with a peppery profanity bouncing round inside their head is a one-way ticket to BackWhereWeStartedsville, calling at Badplace, Broken Britain Parkway and Dysfunctional Temple Meads.

Spicy Cats

So Episode 10 is out, back in the familiarity and warmth of a studio (or “duvet” as we prefer to call it). Gone is the jaunty, ‘alternative’ version of our theme tune, it’s back to the one with the ‘urban’ theme. God, we’re almost too down with the kids. (Although I think I now prefer the jaunty one – don’t worry, it’ll get another airing.)

In the episode, Peter reveals to me a picture of the two-faced (literally, not metaphorically) and indeed record-breaking Frank ‘n’ Louie, a Janus cat from Massachusetts. At 12 years old, he (or perhaps they) is the oldest surviving example of its breed. Here’s a picture to give you an idea why I reacted the way I did.

We also mention a little game I saw on Facebook called Supermarket Scrabble, where the first letters of various spices can be arranged into humorous words, like the one below. Standard Scrabble scores are attributed, but extra points for whimsical smuttiness are awarded. Obscenity, however, will be heavily moderated.

Comment with submissions from your own rack (steady on…) or via our Facebook page. The best submission will be announced in Episode 11, and will receive a prize! Go for it, you saucy spicesters…