Checking ones and twos to echo

While Caroline Davies of Annandale doesn’t remember buying bags of broken biscuits (C8) as a child, she would definitely be willing to dash across a busy highway to buy some today. “Because, as we all know, broken biscuits contain no calories. Same as slices of cake, broken bars of chocolates and scoops of ice cream.”

Richard Hale of Paddington is “more than happy for Paul James to claim 12/1/22 as International Sound Check Day (C8) if he allows an echo on 12/12/22.”

Peter Miniutti of Ashbury observes that “if you Google upside-down dates (C8) you get a long list of very nice cake recipes.”

More intra-family numeracy (C8). “My first grandchild was born on 1.11.11, and my sister’s first grandchild is due on 22.2.22,” writes Charmaine Brinks of Newcastle. “I have very politely asked my niece if, in the pursuit of family tradition, she could please be on time.”

Anne Robin of St Ives celebrates a near-miss.“Not only was I born in 1947 and my son, James, born in 1974 (C8), but he was also due on my birthday. This double birthday was averted by some kindly advice from the receptionist of my attending obstetrician.” Sensible receptionist. It’s a charming idea … for about five minutes, and then you realise exactly what the implications are for both mother and child for the rest of their lives.

Ted Richards of Batemans Bay remembers that he saw his first Column 8 in his grandfather’s copy of the Herald when he was on holidays. “I thought that I had missed the first seven, and it was being consecutively numbered and tomorrow’s would be Column 9.”

Andrew Mowat of Beecroft lost his appetite after reading Col Shephard’s description of a mask showing a smiling mouth full of misshapen teeth (C8). “It might have been funny for some (guilty – Granny), but it brought up images of the honourable Sir Les Patterson’s slavering mouth full of yellowing pegs. Definitely not something to contemplate over your cornflakes. Just hope some entrepreneurial type doesn’t take this as a cue to produce masks like this.”

Too late. After Lionel Latoszek of Long Jetty began seeing masks (C8) with teeth, lips and sometimes noses, he discovered “masks depicting easily recognisable famous faces are common on the interweb. There was Marilyn Monroe and Donald Trump among others. I was hoping to see Jim Carrey with the knockout set of teeth in The Mask. Alas, no.”

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