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December 2, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ If you want to give your true love the traditional presents of the 12 days of Christmas, you’ll have to put your money where your mouth is, to the tune of $12,280.

That’s the price tag for the gifts in the famous holiday song, beginning with a partridge in a pear tree and ending with 12 drummers drumming, according to the magazine Manhattan, inc.

On the first day, the partridge and pear tree would cost $35 and $195 respectively, the magazine said.

The ″bill″ added up this way:

-Two turtle doves, $60.

-Three French hens, $45.

-Four calling birds, $600;

-Five gold rings, (Tiffany’s, of course), $1,000.

-Six geese a-laying, $120.

-Seven swans a-swimming, $1,750.

-Eight maids a-milking, including cows, $3,675.

-Nine ladies dancing, (belly dancing), $900.

-10 lords a-leaping, or acrobats in costume, $2,500.

-11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming, equal to a combined fife-and- drum corps, $1,400.


WASHINGTON (AP) - An American beat a Russian at his own game Monday by polishing off two pounds of caviar with more style, originality and enthusiasm than his Soviet competitor.

Or so concluded three judges - all Americans - in a Washington, D.C., radio station’s ″Great Caviar Tastov.″

Jim Clark, a U.S. labor department worker, and Alex Kisin, a Russian who is an American citizen, were judged by a plumber, an actor and a State Department official.

The judges gave Clark high marks for style - he dribbled caviar on his chin - and enthusiasm. Kisin won high marks for originality because he drank a soda with his caviar.

Clark was coached by Rep. Manuel Lujan, who was given the job after appearing on a radio show several months ago to promote his bill to make chili the national food.

″Maybe they looked at my rotund body and figured I know a lot about different kinds of food,″ speculated Lujan, a Republican from New Mexico.

Lujan’s coaching duties won a contribution for Endowment for Excellence in Education, a scholarship fund he has been backing.

Clark won an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow. If Kisin had won, he would have been given a trip to California.

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