U for Usury – #atozchallenge


“A Brilliant Conspiracy” Episode 21

Blurb & other Episodes


Usury created vulnerable welchers, inciting reprobate sharks to punish grooms.

Nefarious quisling Xander dropped Yoshi’s zori for kickbacks, expecting hamshackled jockeys’ betrayal of a manipulative lover.



Hamshackle                             to fetter; to restrain

Welch also welsh                    1. To fail to fulfil an obligation; 2. To swindle a person by not paying a debt or wager: welsh on a bet. Usage note: Use of the verb ‘welsh’ is sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Welsh, the people of Wales. However, its actual origin may have nothing to do with Wales or its people; in fact, the verb is also spelled welch.

Zori                                         Japanese thonged sandals


Archibald’s ‘Horse of the Day’


Undercover Secret might be on the Underdog team or a dark horse that keeps on surprising.


Jamila’s ‘Daily Poison’


Urtica Dioica or Stinging Nettle; though everyone knows that brushing the plant will cause an uncomfortable burning pain for several hours, many do not equate that effect with ‘poisoning’;

Distribution: Europe, North America, Australasia;

Toxic principle: Formic acid is present and responsible for the initial pain but the longer term effects are caused by histamine, acetylcholine and 5-hydroxytryptamine;

Symptoms: Brushing the plant produces a stinging on the skin of varying intensity. There is almost no-one who has not been stung by the nettle;

Urtica ferox is a species unique to New Zealand which is said to have caused one human death as well as numerous deaths of dogs and horses. It is believed to contain an additional neurotoxin to those found in other species of nettle.


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The Challenge runs over 26 days – with Sundays off for good behaviour – and each day will be based on the alphabet, from A through to Z.

Read more about the Challenge I set myself in my Theme Reveal:

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal 2016

For more on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and to visit the other brave bloggers, go to the official site and this linky list.







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