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964 · Pre-Exhibition Fête

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Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment

A deep purplish red. Claret is also the name of a wine that is produced in the Bordeaux region of France and slang for 'blood'.[1]

fuller's earth or sawdust
Fuller's earth is an absorbent clay that is used in talcum powder. Sawdust and chalk (talcum) are used by tennis players to keep their grip dry. [2]

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having toes that point inward, like this: / \

shifted antigens
An antigenic shift generally refers to the medical term that explains how two strains of the influenza virus join together to form a new subtype and, in turn, become more virile. The new subtype has a mixture of the antigens from the originals. An antigen is the substance that stimulates the immune system. [3]

In this section, it's rumors about severe weather and the Quebec Junior Team that combine and are reconstituted as a new 'sub-rumor' before being returned to the rumor's originator.

the Csikszentmihalyi kid was doing a kind of piaffer
A piaffer is a trot in place where the legs are lifted high. This type of trot is usually done by a horse, but it's part of the 'Csikszentmihalyi kid's' pre-game ritual to stretch his hip flexors.

The name Csikszentmihalyi may be a humorous nod to the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who is noted for his work in happiness and creativity. He is known as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology and proposed the concept of Flow. Flow is the mental state whereby a person is fully immersed and focused on an activity (such as Tennis). [4]

the muscles that move the hip

an ascot or a very fey tie
An ascot is a scarf or tie with broad ends typically worn for formal occasions[5]. If the tie very fey, it is probably an excessively refined [6] or fancy tie.

invoking Camilla, goddess of speed and light step
Camilla of Volsci, a heroine from Roman Mythology, found in Virgil's prose and ancient pottery paintings. Virgil claimed Camilla was so fast that she could run across the ocean without wetting her feet and across fields of grain without bending the grass. [7] To 'invoke' is to petition for help with an incantation.[8]

As part of their pre-match ritual, the female players, Thode and Donni Stott, can be heard praying to or otherwise petitioning Camilla whose light footed speed may translate to success on the court.

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or, more correctly, Frankenstein's monster

who is clearly not narrating anymore, unless he is speaking of himself in the third person

a bony lump on the side of the ankle

Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell (born Roberta Joan Anderson in 1943) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter.

in the manner of an innocent young woman

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referring to a poison produced by certain fish

philharmonic orchestra

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Sanger-Brown's ataxia
another name for Marie's ataxia

the student-teaching portion of a teaching education

incapable of being avoided

in this sense, not an apology but a defense

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imitating one's self

Brothers K.
The Brother's Karamazov, a novel by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881), Russian novelist


causing cancer


Ivan's Grand Inquisitor scenario
Read this portion here.


solar plexus
a complex of nerves in the abdomen

resembling vermin

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very small grains of rock or sand

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smoky or sooty

50° C
122° Fahrenheit

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an actor who is bad by virtue of over-acting

972 · Final Chapter

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a prayer of confession of sins

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"...look down her shirt and spell attic..."
and thus saying, "A-T-T-I-C" or "a titty I see"

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vertical hold
the control on a television that prevents the picture from rolling bottom to top

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a type of shoe, see here

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Jack Daniels
a famous brand of bourbon whiskey

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Smith & Wesson

2500-IU ampule
IUs are international units, which converts to metric depending on the substance.

i.e., transvestites

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Endnote 386

a type of missile

a drug that acts against an agonist, i.e., a drug that stimulates a certain receptor

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Linda McCartney
Linda Louise, Lady McCartney (1941-1998) was an American photographer and wife of Beatle Paul McCartney (born 1943).

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Endnote 387

a synethetic opioid painkiller

Endnote 387a

pre-menstrual syndrome and/or painful periods

hot shot
an injection intended to kill

with a pharmaceutical as part of the name, it means it contains pentazocine

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a little song

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"...the one about ultraviolence and sadism."
Gately is thinking of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

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