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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
derived from book-learning
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 volleys. When each side has won three volleys, the call is "deuce" rather than 40-all; the next volley 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 volley, 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).
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; deLint is passing stenographic notes to Steeply when he's not speaking to her
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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indicates that the server has the advantage (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
ungracefully or awkwardly
a short, high hit
half a meter
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