Bright and Brief
FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) _ It wasn’t the kind of chicken nugget you’d find in a fast-food restaurant.
Benny Left Hand says the pea-sized lump his wife, Lorraine, found in a chicken she butchered recently weighs about an ounce and has been appraised at $500. It’s gold.
Mrs. Left Hand found the precious metal when she slaughtered the bird at their home on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation.
″She felt something hard in the gut, like a stone,″ Left Hand said. ″She cut it open and that thing popped out of there.″
The nugget hadn’t reached the chicken’s gizzard, a part of the digestive process. ″It was too big. It couldn’t go through. I couldn’t believe it at first,″ he said. ″I’d like to get hold of some more.″
Left Hand said he has no idea where the stone came from and he’s concerned that gold seekers might steal his remaining chickens.
″Somebody came snooping around one night, but the dogs took after him and he never did come back,″ he said.
MALAGA, Spain (AP) - Take a few thousand pounds of rice and shellfish and add tomatoes, garlic, salt and pepper, plus several hundred gallons of water and olive oil.
That’s the recipe the resort town of Torre Del Mar used Saturday to make what it claims was the world’s largest concoction of paella, a Spanish rice- and-seafood dish.
The town spent $15,460 to build a special cooking platform and to buy the ingredients, including squid, shrimp, crayfish and mussels.
After 40 cooks finished making the paella, it was served as lunch for more than 15,000 people on hand for the town’s ″Tourist Day.″
NEW YORK (AP) - What’s a puzzling nine-letter word that begins with C?
Just ask Rebecca Kornbluh of Mundelein, Ill., who finished a crossword puzzle in 81/2 minutes Saturday to become a repeat winner in the fourth annual U.S. Open Crossword Championship sponsored by Games magazine and Merriam-Webster, the dictionary publisher.
The 34-year-old weaver won the $1,500 grand prize, a six-foot pencil and a dictionary by correctly completing the puzzle in just over half the allotted time, said Barry Schwartz, a spokesman for the tournament.
The puzzle was comparable in difficulty to crosswords published each Sunday by The New York Times, Schwartz said. Ms. Kornbluh, who also won last year’s crown, said she normally finishes The Times’ puzzles in about 10 minutes, he said.
The daylong event at New York University began with 271 contestants and ended with three finalists separated by partitions on an auditorium stage doing their puzzles on plexiglass boards.
Stanley Newman, a 33-year-old Wall Street financial analyst from Massapequa Park, N.Y., finished the final puzzle in only 51/2 minutes but incorrectly answered one of the clues, knocking him back to third place.
Second place went to Ellen Ripstein, 33, a statistician from Manhattan who finished her puzzle in about nine minutes.