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Confusing paragraph from the story 'Evans tries an O-level' by Colin Dexter

"but for the recent wave of unrest" = fancy phrase for if it hadn't been OR except for the recent wave of unrest. "governor's premises in Oxford" = humorous reference to the Oxford ...
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Confusing paragraph from the story 'Evans tries an O-level' by Colin Dexter

Thrice he'd excaped from prison, and but for the recent wave of unrest in the maximum security establishments up north, he wouldn't now be gracing the governor's premises in Oxford This means that ...
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Short story where an older lady realizes that her new beau has been murdering his wives, but decides to go with it

This is Donald Westlake's short story "Never Shake a Family Tree", which appeared in his collection The Curious Facts Preceding my Execution and Other Stories (1968) and no doubt elsewhere. ...
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Where did the name Nimitseahpah come from?

In an interview for Nightmare Magazine in April of this year, Etchemendy states that: Nimitseahpah, by the way, is a Paiute word that is usually translated as “God.” But the old Paiutes weren’t ...
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How is "They seem to have a lot of parsons there, don’t they?” a joke?

St Mary Mags is St Mary Magdalen Parish church in Oxford. There has been a church on the site for over a thousand years and hence it is a significant part of the past and present of Oxford. They ...
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How is "They seem to have a lot of parsons there, don’t they?” a joke?

Parsons are funny. They wear silly robes and have very little power. They have a low rank in the Church of England, responsible for local administration. Even the word is a bit silly (not least its ...
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Short story about chess

"Mate in Nineteen" by Vincent Fotre. Alekhine and Capablanca are mentioned in the story but do not appear as characters. The only characters are a cobbler (not a peasant) named Renoir, who ...
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When in "The Dresden Files" does "Little Things" chronologically take place?

Assuming that indeed you are talking about the "Little things" short story, then the key to place it in the timeline is in the second paragraph: In the days since my lord had defeated a mad ...
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What do the letters G and D mean in "The Trout" by Sean O'Faolain?

The place referred to is Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny. The Dark walk was behind the walled kitchen gardens of Brandondale and led to a ‘Tea house’, a little stone structure close to the river ...
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