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wit

1. the talent or quality of using unexpected associations between contrasting or disparate words or ideas to make a clever humorous effect
2. speech or writing showing this quality
3. a person possessing, showing, or noted for such an ability, esp in repartee
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Fresh from starring alongside Frasier and Cheers star Kelsey Grammer in the American version of The Sketch Show, Lee brings to the stage well thought out puns, daft one-liners and quick witted banter.
Hawks's films tend to explore either the activities of spirited and sharp - witted heroines (e.g., His Girl Friday, 1939) or the camaraderies and tensions that develop within male groups (e.g., Dawn Patrol, 1930).
The quick- witted former barrister, who hosted his own chat shows on BBC and C4,has been appointed president of conservation charity Coed Cadw (theWoodland Trust).