China has already got rid of 66,000, and by year's end will remove another 800,000. What?
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Monday's Question (No. 195)--"Suggestive Gestures":
Last week, the British government received a letter offering advice on an ongoing investigation. From whom; suggesting what?
"From Christopher Hitchens, claiming he knows EVERYTHING."--Fred Graver (Chris Kelly had a similar answer, with dandruff and gin.)
"Ken Starr intimating Clinton knows more about Jack the Ripper than he's saying. (I hear Vernon Jordan tried to get him a job at Revlon.)"--Beth Sherman (similarly, Steve Spencer and Al Petrosky)
"Oscar Mayer to the Brits: 'Do what we do. Grind it, spice it, case it, pack it, ship it. Call it Crazy Dogs.' "--Marshall Efron
"Me, suggesting that, in light of recent events, the investigators looking into Princess Diana's death might want to see whether Kate Moss was driving around Paris on the night in question."--Tim Carvell
"The pope, suggesting that Gen. Pinochet not be extradited to Spain. The pope did, however, suggest the extradition of Tinky Winky, for 'crimes against God.' "--Alex Balk
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To News Quiz participants, "investigation" is not theological (angels?), financial (angles?), historical (Engels?), or scientific (something about string theory and tangles?); "investigation" means crime pursued by Ken Starr.
In the 19th century it meant Pinkerton's, which yesterday agreed to be purchased by Sweden's Securitas AB for $384 million. Founded in 1850 by Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton, the firm ran Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid out of the country on behalf of wealthy railroad owners, and beat the heck out of striking workers on behalf of anyone with a few bucks. It also thwarted a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, and thank God for that, for the entire course of history might have been different had the Great Emancipator been cut down. (Oh, all right; they uncovered an 1861 plot, a whole other thing. But I still blame them for "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.")
"You need to do more than post a guard with a doughnut and a nightstick," said financial analyst John Schnelle, commenting favorably on the merger. "If you are going to enter the global market, why not do it with a marquee name?" Like, say, Starr?
As Alex Balk knew, the Foreign Office received a plea from the pope to free Augusto Pinochet, reports the Times of London.
Lord Lamont of Lerwick, the former chancellor who elicited the written appeal, said, "I suspect that the representations have been made at the highest level, recognising the General's great contribution to protecting freedom during the Cold War." Speaking of the pope, Lord Lamont added: "Having lived in Poland, he understands what a Marxist dictatorship is all about. As a great Christian leader, he values human life and he understands what happened in Chile. As an ironist ..." Well, OK, I added the final phrase.
Daniel Radosh's Anniversary Extra
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What do Web surfers think of us here at the News Quiz? For answers, turn to the Excite search engine, where, when you enter a phrase, the site automatically suggests "select words to add to your search." These are words that other people who did similar searches have included. Selected results:
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Michael Kinsley: exhilarating, lewd
Jews: pogroms, nazis, haman
Christians: persecution, persecutions, persecuted
New York: giants
Randy Cohen: wormwood
Larry Amaros: lazily
Alex Balk: unoccupied
Adam Bonin: eve
Tim Carvell: somatosensory
Greg Diamond: clarity
Marshall Efron: anger
David Finkle: philistines
Bill Franzen: jail
Molly Shearer Gabel: gobble
Leslie Goodman-Malamuth: phonics
Ananda Gupta: blissful
Jon Hotchkiss: kitch [sic]
Chris Kelley: flake
Joydip Kundu: erupting
Barbara Lippert: santa
Noah Meyerson: fowl
Jennifer Miller: love
Norman Oder: intern
Jim O'Grady: earthworm
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Katha Pollitt: moralistic
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen: prolife [does mom know?]
Daniel Radosh: rusty
David Rakoff: smote
Carrie Rickey: thinks
Nell Scovell: immersing
Beth Sherman: savoring
Andrew Silow-Carroll: devotion
Steve Smith: liberator
Andrew Staples: envelope
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