The informal dress code for Barbie (C8) causes confusion. Our ex herald Colleague David Dale of Woollahra noted this scene at the Verona cinema over the weekend: “Without looking at their tickets, the check-in guy tells the three teenage girls dressed in pink Barbie is on screen 3. They yell, “Oh no, let’s do that.” Oppenheimer.’ He apologizes and directs them to screen 2. I tell them, “You guys should wear black when you see.” Oppenheimer.’ The girls reply, “We wore black.” Barbie yesterday.’” David promises to keep in touch.
“I really love you, C8, except sometimes,” explains Collaroy’s Ellen Kassel. “Comfortable Morning Delight by Cryptic (C8), now confused by the long duration and distracting awe of Sue Dowd! Boo, hiss.”
Not everyone is convinced: “I can’t accept Sue Dowd’s claim that it takes her three minutes and 17 seconds to solve a crossword puzzle (C8),” says Murray Hutton of Mount Colah. “The time just reading the clues and writing the letters in the right places would exceed that. I say: ‘1 down – cattle manure (8)’.”
“Perhaps, Christo Curtis (C8), the town planners used a fixed square to design their triangular spaces,” suggests Orange’s David Oliver. With that in mind, Dave Horsfall from North Gosford would like to point out that “the City Circle isn’t like that”.
Terry McGee of Malua Bay reports on an unexpected and chilling side effect of climate change – “the urge to spring clean that comes earlier every year”. Luckily he has been spared from it so far.
“I stopped swearing after overhearing my three-year-old repeating one of my nicknames in conversation,” says Paul Keir of Strathfield. “Years later, I was rewarded when he yelled at his shin and, while clutching his leg in momentary pain, exclaimed, ‘Oh dear, oh dear!'”
Wordle (C8) words of caution for Bill Webster, courtesy of Elizabeth de Rooy of Mangerton: “Searching for a new start word every day is counterintuitive. My opener is ORATE, and if no letters match, UNIFY. All vowels and Y were covered in the first two attempts.”
While Harrington’s Joy Cooksey believes that the confusing information about Kiama Amaki (C8) “suggests that AI was secretly at work as early as 70 years ago,” says Wahroonga’s Jim Horton, “Locketts of Kiama made their tomato sauce and sold it as Amaki. It went well with the hot cakes we sold at my mom’s little shop in Albion Park in the late ’20s, early ’30s.”
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