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Sunday, 26 March 2017


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A traveling group of Shakespearean actors would come to a town and because their funds were very limited, they would advertise the plays they could perform thus: 3"; 6"; 9"; 12"; wet; dry.

Name these plays by Big Bill the Bard. I will provide the answers upon email request to

David Duff! Going shopping, at a mall? Why just a few days ago, you were at death's door step with raging "man flu"! Many of your fans on at least three continents were very worried for you. You recover in time to go shopping? The least you can do is tell us you spent your time on the many husband benches available throughout.

Why is it that men who can run a Marathon, need those blessed husband benches when the women are shopping? I am apt to say (whine?) that I can feel the blood pooing in my legs, but, is that objectively true?

BTW there remain a few big malls in Texas, but many have closed, or been repurposed, because of the inroads of on-line shopping. Austin had four, now down to one. They were a great idea, if you lived in the heat of the sunbelt, or the snowdrifts of the frozen North, but both of those can be avoided, sitting at the computer.

So very glad you survived the savage man-flu.

Michael, maybe because a Marathon has a purpose: it begins and it ends and there are rewards. Shopping, for us, is passive: it begins with little or no reason, it drifts along for little reason and rarely comes to a conclusion. Often a return trip is needed. Not so after a Marathon. Holding her hand bag is not a reward, especially if it clashes with his outfit.

The volume of email requests for the answers to the riddle I posed, above, was so underwhelming that I decided to post them:

3" is "Much Ado About Nothing";
6" is "As You Like It";
9" is "The Taming of the Shrew";
12" is "The Two Gentlemen of Verona";
wet is "A Midsummer Night's Dream";
dry is "Twelfth Night".

I'm sure, Henry, that I speak for all the other 'thickoes' here in thanking you for providing the answers. Now the next thing you have to do is provide the explanations!


I'm sure that even the "thickoes" here need no explanations for "wet" and "dry". As for the measurements (in inches), perhaps one of the ladies here would oblige?

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