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November 11th, YDAU - Hal plays Stice
a brand of motor scooter
Galumph is a portmanteau of gallop and triumph. From Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky
the membrane surrounding the heart
term for a glob of phlegm
John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. (born 1959), was a professional tennis player from 1974 to 1992, with seven Grand Slam wins. Esconja appears to be a made-up name.
a decorative band on a wall or other piece of architecture
service box, left box on the player's own side where odd points are played
to hit the ball after it hits the ground but before it reaches the apex of its flight
in tennis, a passing shot is a shot which travels out of the opponents reach, typically occurring when the opponent is running to or has reached the net
probably stemming from the gambling phrase "make book on," meaning to make or accept bets on; so, "odds-on" or "most likely"
This is the score call when both sides in tennis are tied with a score of 40 or thereafter. The progression is 0 or "love," 15, 30, 40, and "game," but the winner must win the final two points. When each side has won three points, the call is "deuce" rather than 40-all; the next point won creates "ad [advantage] in" if won by the server(s) or "ad out" if won by the opponent(s). If the side with the advantage wins the next point, it wins the game; otherwise the score returns to "deuce." Sets are won by the first side to take six games; but sets must be won by at least two games. (In much match play, best-of-twelve-point tiebreakers are played when the sides are tied at 6-6 games. Thus a set score can be 6-4, 7-5, or 7-6, but never 6-5.) A tennis match is won by the side that takes three out of five sets (more commonly for professional male tennis players) or two of three sets (for women and amateurs).
emotionally or mentally invested
meant to offend or belittle
Four clicks is four kilometers, or about 2.5 miles.
to flatter or wheedle
a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic
Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weisz; 1874-1926) was a Jewish-American magician.
a revival of Georgian architecture or style
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Mountain Standard Time
the state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia
to joke with or make fun of
a sauce that is an emulsion of butter and lemon juice using egg yolks; the sauce is usually a light buttery yellow in color
a form of stenography developed in the U.S. in 1888
two successive faults in serving, resulting in the loss of the point
a service winner in tennis, i.e., a legal serve that is not touched by the receiver, most commonly seen on the first service
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behaving like a sprocket, a wheel with a row of teeth for engaging the links in a chain commonly found on bicycles
following a fixed series of actions
indicates that the server has the advantage, meaning that after a previous deuce (40-40) the server only needs on more point to win. otherwise, the score returns to 40-40 (see the note for deuce on page 653)
to hit hard
employed the Heimlich maneuver to forcibly dislodge an obstacle, such as a food particle, that is causing choking
a play in tennis that calls for a replaying
to teach by repetition
steep rock face or cliff
ungracefully or awkwardly
a short, high hit
half a meter
as if having a dislocated hip
a ball hit just over the net, causing the opponent to rush forward
a real magazine, seen here
like a cow
mockingly derisive; not quite the same as sarcastic, which more often involves irony: a sarcastic remark may say one thing but mean the opposite, whereas a sardonic comment may simply be scornful without indirection