A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
NOW YOU SEE IT
The Beartown Constable has
extensive training in order to perform his important job.
Keeping his mind alert is a priority. Below is another of
many mental exercises he practices to be able to unravel
whatever mystery that might present itself. Camoflaged in
the following story are 13 hidden words for kinds of rocks. Search for them
within and between the words, and reading between the
lines may be helpful! The first one is underlined to get
THE ART of the SHORT STORY
Entering through a
gate in back, Opal Emery caught her
two grandchildren totally by surprise. As they ran to her,
she headed for the porch swing, saying, "Okay - last
one on my lap is a rotten egg!"
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can
never hurt me," they chimed in unison, as each
pounced on an empty knee.
"Will you tell us a story?" asked Ruby, the
"Not unless Hale stops squirming," Opal replied,
with a jaded glance at her grandson. He smiled shyly and
snuggled closer, savoring the smell of the talcum his
grandmother always wore. Then he sneezed, his nose
tickled by an unseen piece of lint in the air.
"Bless you," Opal said, then she began. "Since
it's late, I'll tell you a tale my first teacher told me
- a very short ghost story, as I recall," she said
slyly, "about a ghost who was simply too short to be
the subject of a tall tale." And on that note, she
arose and left.
"That Gran - I tell you, she's a card," said
Ruby, watching her depart.
"One who should be dealt with!" Hale grinned,
repeating one of Opal's favorite puns. Laughing, they
Check the next issue of Beartown
News for the answers.
LAST ISSUE'S SOLUTION is
shown below. There were 26 common household items hidden
in the story.
LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER ONE
Eva seemed quieter than usual, Arthur
thought. She wasn't very animated, and even
that chic hairdo she'd had Ivan give her
yesterday was now limp and drab.
When asked how she felt, Eva appeared to welcome
the attention. "My head aches terribly,"
she fretted, "and I feel so faint. Forgive me
for moping around like this."
"Let's hop in the car, pet, and take
you to see Dr. Apelgren," Arthur said.
"He can prescribe some drugs to help
you. But we should be doing something now - not
"Relax, dear," said Eva. "There's no need
to get the least overwrought. But," she added,
giving him a mock rap on his chin, "any ailing
lass would be bowled over by such
Arthur was too embarrassed to tell her that he'd
actually been thinking, "If I don't keep Eva's
health stable, then who'll take care of me?"
So he simply replied, with hardly a trace of irony
in his voice, "Any husband worth his salt
would do the same, love!"
art, tv, mat, chair, divan, pan, towel, chest, sofa, mop,
pin, carpet, key, drape, crib, rug, bed, stove, china,
glass, bowl, bar, table, iron, salt