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#820 - 01/24/00 05:29 PM Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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Anticipating more snow, I stopped off at the library this afternoon to pick up something to read.....never got past the "P" section of the mystery shelves....in addition to several by someone we all know around here I picked up a couple of Ellis Peters' pre-Cadfael books. I read one a while back and found it quite good.

But I will probably read one of the opera mysteries first....what with a lot of my time lately having been taken up with the newly formed Friends of Opera Broadcasts (in the Roanoke Valley).

Now, here's a plot for you.....a very churlist station manager at a public radio station decides to cancel the weekly Met broadcasts.

He reasoning: only 400 people in the area listen to opera.

When he turns up dead, the police have at least 400 suspects......

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#821 - 01/24/00 09:56 PM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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"The Four Hundred Suspects" -- heh. Think of all those interviews. You'd have to bring in Holmes, Poirot, Nero Wolfe, Kojak, Peter Wimsey, Perry Mason, etc. and divide the list among them.

Let's see, who could those 400 be?
1. a carpenter who likes to pound nails in rhythm to the "Anvil Chorus"
2. a German immigrant who hates Wagner and loves Verdi
3. a hairdresser who plays The Barber of Seville as background music in his salon
4. Clayton Moore's grandson who can never hear the William Tell overture too many times
5. a wedding consultant who uses The Marriage of Figaro as her theme music
6. a liquor store owner who has rigged the cold case where the beer is stored to play the "Champagne Aria" every time the door is opened

etc.

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#822 - 01/25/00 12:13 AM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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7. a psychiatrist who looks upon the mad scene from Lucia as an interesting case study
8. a home decorator who breaks out with "Adieu, notre petite table" every time she sells a piece of furniture
9. an army enlistment officer who sends off his new recruits with a falsetto version of "Ritorna vincitor!"

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#823 - 01/25/00 10:43 PM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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10. A manicurist who soaks her customers in icy dishwashing liquid and hums "Che gelida manina" while filing their nails.

11. Since we're down here in SW Virginia, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, at least one opera lover who thinks "ai nostri monti" ought to be Virgnia's new state song.

12. The propriotor of the local framing shop whose doorbell chimes "Vissi d'arte"

Oh, and the most obvious detective of all, if we can call in the Thames Valley PD....the one "real" investigator (unlike Caruso, Farrar, etc.) who actually has sung opera on at least one occasion.

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#824 - 01/26/00 01:31 AM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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13. The local animal-rights activist group that deliberately sings "Toreador" off-key.

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#825 - 01/26/00 04:44 PM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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14. The local membership of the Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese Fan Club. (Off to satisfy a sudden cartoon craving -- exit, stage left.)

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#826 - 01/26/00 10:45 PM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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15. The racetrack tout who attracts customers with "Il cavallo scalpita".
16. The schizophrenic who told his psychiatrist "Una voce poco fa".

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#827 - 01/27/00 01:33 PM Re: Where the Snoo Lay Round and Bout
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17. A grandmother left in charge of two young boys, who has run through most of the score of Turandot, beginning with "Nessun dorma," followed by "non piangere" substituting first Davido and then Guiseppe for Liu, and ultimately longing loudly to be at a little house on a blue lake in Hunan.
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