A SENTENCE BY CARLOS FUENTES

August 30, 2014

‘The old gringo came to Mexico to die.’

An early sentence in The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes. The question? What happened to Ambrose Bierce when he disappeared into Mexico to join Pancho Villa’s rebels? Nobody knows, but Carlos conjures up a possible scenario.

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THE VINTAGE CIRCUS KWIZ ANSWER

August 29, 2014

Carlton’s tenor voice was favorably compared to that of Enrico Caruso. The loyal hippo turned down an offer from the Metropolitan Opera Company to remain with Deb and the circus.

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THE VINTAGE CIRCUS KWIZ

August 28, 2014
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Hippopotamus and Performer. Great Rayman Circus, Madras, India, 1989

Carlton, the Wonder Hippo & Deb, featured as the highlight of their act:

a. Deb being rescued from an anaconda by Carlton.

b. Carlton singing the aria ‘Nessun dorma’ from Turandot.

c. Deb and Carlton pedaling on a custom-built bike around the ring singing ‘Bicycle Built for Two’.

d. Deb and Carlton performing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.

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THE GIANTS

August 26, 2014

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The giants are always in the vanguard to intimidate the opposing forces.

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THE TREASURE HUNTER’S REWARD

August 25, 2014

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The taste of triumph has eluded you for such a long slog of time. Now finally you stand at the entrance to the long hall. You have conquered the highest mountain, the steepest cliff. You can see the promised green door far off in the distance. Behind it? Wealth beyond imagination. Giddy, you stagger down the hall, footfalls tapping out a warning you ignore. You press both hands against the door. At first, it yields reluctantly. Then it flies open. There she is. You die.

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THE TIDEWATER CLAM

August 24, 2014

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The tidewater clam made a final entry in its journal. Scooting from the table, it approached the knife case hanging on the wall, withdrew its favorite cutter, and abandoned its abode for the beach. Grimly it scudged along toward the meadow whipgrass flailing in the wind. Its final destination was the little shanty tucked in the dunes. The tidewater clam made entry at long and at last in the depth of night. The silence was pierced by an anguished cry of ‘Nooooooo!’ The next morning there was no longer a shanty tucked in the dunes. Instead, a pile of ashes and a few charred bones made silent appeal to the gray frowning sky.

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A SENTENCE BY HERMAN WOUK

August 23, 2014

Not for him blushed the rosy-fingered dawn; each day he was awakened by the scarlet claw of sunset.

a nice turn of phrase by Herman in his humorous novel, Aurora Dawn.

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THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE KWIZ ANSWER

August 22, 2014

B Traven not only ate one cactus, he ate several cacti.

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THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE KWIZ

August 21, 2014

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Before assigning the name Gold Hat to this character, B. Traven, mysterious author of the unique novel,

a. ate a cactus.

b. lived up to his neck in a mudhole for a week.

c. drank so much tequila that he levitated, and his serape turned phosphorescent green.

d. slithered on his belly through mesquite, eating dirt.

e. fled New York after punching Flo Ziegfeld.

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4 THINGS

August 20, 2014

Thing 1 – a well worn deck of cards missing its 3 of clubs

Thing 2 – a 100 watt light bulb, burned out

Thing 3 – a large key ring holding some 25 keys

Thing 4 – a human eye on a butter dish

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