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AUGUST 1, 2001



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 you started.


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 older child.
"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 resumed playing.

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.


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 later."
"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 attentiveness."
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!"
vase, 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


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