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Maybe They Can Learn Arson The “Wet Bandits” of Virginia’s Hampton Roads region were sentenced in December, about a year after a crime spree during which they robbed homes, then clogged the sinks and left the water running, flooding the properties. (It’s not known whether they were deliberately emulating Harry and Marv from “Home Alone.”) Jaleel Jordan and Ryan Willis each got eight years in prison. JOURNALISM
Irony: Crack for the Media A man who had to get a new Target card after the company’s security breach suffered credit-card fraud anyway shortly after the new card arrived. In late December, he lost the new card; two mean people found it and went shopping. Multiple news outlets considered this worth covering because the man is George Nader, deputy police chief of Prince George’s County, Md. JUSTICE
You Really Can Find Anything on Craigslist A Sykesville, Md., family grieving the theft of pet chickens is whole again. Last month, Karen Jacob discovered six chickens missing. A note signed “Frank” and $40 were left in their place. Jacob frantically posted an ad on Craigslist titled “Frank — do you have our 6 chickens????” “The next thing I know I’m getting emails like crazy,” she told ABC2. Frank was found. He returned the chickens, saying he’d been told the chickens were for sale. (EXPRESS)
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE MOON: Kevin Wolf works at the Commerce Department, so it “was easy for me to walk across the street before or after work to get shots of the Washington Monument as the scaffolding went up and down.” To capture this one, he arrived on the Mall just after 6 a.m. Nov. 23 to wait for sunrise.
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Sweets We’ve Soured On We’ve had enough cupcakes to declare frosting dead to us, and the doughnut craze seems to be sprinkling out. So, what overpriced sweets will ﬁll the void in 2014? Perhaps it’s time for the humble mufﬁn to have its moment. Until then, we look back at our past addictions and their scale-tipping point — that moment when we collectively sighed, “OK, enough already!”
Pinstripes — a more than 30,000-squarefoot restaurant set to open later this month in Georgetown — is hardly the first place to serve food with a side of recreational sports. Gallery Place’s Lucky Strike has bowling lanes and burgers, H Street Country Club in Northeast dishes up both Mexican food and mini golf, Penn Social serves sandwiches with a side of cornhole … and there’s always that old childhood staple, Chuck E. Cheese. But Pinstripes does have its own offbeat niche.
When Pinkberry replaced BlackBerry as the thing your boss was hooked on
When people stopped asking incredulously, “Who pays $5 for a cupcake?”
When your favorite coffee shop replaced all of the regular pastries with pies
When even your dad knew they were different from macaroons
When The Washington Post spent 13 weeks reviewing doughnuts (total tested: 250+)
Everlasting Love Virginia’s license plates are getting a makeover in March. The new standard tags will proclaim “Virginia is for Lovers,” the state’s official travel slogan — which turns 45 this year. Try to focus really hard on those words the next time someone cuts you off and snatches your parking spot. Some things to know as you celebrate the commonwealth’s amorous anniversary:
The slogan first appeared in an ad in the March 1969 issue of “Modern Bride,” shown left. “Virginia is for Lovers” was inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009. (The winners are celebrated on plaques on Madison Avenue between 49th and 50th streets in Manhattan.) Forbes named it one of the top 10 travel campaigns of all time. In 2012, domestic travelers spent $21.2 billion dollars in Virginia. Maryland is for crabs.
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CORRECTIONS: The Year in Review item in For What It’s Worth on Dec. 29 contained several errors. Henry Docter, the guerrilla gardener at the Dupont Circle Metro station, describes himself as the Phantom Planter. In October, he installed artwork made of plastic, paper and tape above the entrance. This summer, Southeast D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery used goats to help remove overgrown ivy.
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Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic, has spent most of his life trying to hide his severe anxiety. In his new book, the 44-year-old goes public as a means to explore the condition that affects an estimated 40 million Americans. He’ll overcome his fear of public speaking to talk with writer Hanna Rosin on Wednesday at Sixth and I. She offered to get drunk with him beforehand to calm his nerves, he says, but he declined. Was it hard to be so candid about your anxiety?
While I was writing the book, I was able to convince myself that it was never going to come out. If I’d been fully aware people I knew were actually going to read it, I don’t think I would have been able to do it.
There’s a lot people can relate to.
A friend said one reason she liked the book was because some percentage she was able to relate to it and be like, “Oh God, I have that,” and some part she was like, “But thank God I’m not as f---ed up as that guy.” That’s probably where most people will fall on the continuum.
Do you think your anxiety has helped you be successful?
There are ways certainly in which it has. Jerome Kagan, who is a retired professor of psychology at Harvard, finds his most effective workers tend to be the anxious ones because they tend to be more conscientious, more hardworking. So anxiety can be positive.
There’s evidence that anxiety is tied to better social awareness and the ability to scan the environment and pick up cues and anticipate things when charting strategy and things like that. Are there situations in which having more anxiety would help?
I talk in the book about how I once got attacked by a kangaroo. I have very little fear of animals, which is a common phobia. I thought t he kangaroo wanted a hug. BETH MARLOWE (E XPRESS)
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‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’
The author of “The Secret Life of Bees” comes to Sixth and I to talk about her latest novel, “The Invention of Wings.” The story, set in 19th-century South Carolina, begins with a birthday present: a 10-year-old slave girl named Handful becomes the property of 11-year-old Sarah. “Wings” follows the two for the next 35 years, tackling such Big Ideas as race, freedom and love along the way. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW; Mon., 7 p.m., $15; 202-408-3100, sixthandi.org. (Gallery Place)
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ The Shakespeare Theatre premieres its take on Oscar Wilde’s classic play on Thursday.
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‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest’ Daniel Beaty plays more than 40 characters in this story of Paul Robeson, the popular early-20thcentury actor/singer who thrilled fans with his renditions of “Ol’ Man River” and “Steal Away” (both among the 14 songs Beaty performs). “Tallest Tree” tracks his life and career, which took a bad turn when he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his activist ways. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW; through Feb. 16, $40-$85; 202-488-3300, arenastage.org. (Waterfront)
It’s not the Bard, but it’s not far off: “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a comedy of manners — and of choosing to ignore them — in which the lead character ﬁnds his secret double life is getting in the way
of his romantic aspirations. Stolen identities, faked deaths, ﬁancee swap and hilarity ensue. Shakespeare Theatre’s Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW; Thu.March 2, $20-$95; 202-547-1122, shakespearetheatre.org. (Archives)
O rejoice, thou lovers of trashy TV. Child beauty-pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo (real name: Alana Thompson) and her unapologetically redneck-y family return for a third season on TLC (9 p.m. Thursdays). Trailers promise we’ll get to see Sugar Bear (Alana’s dad) build a mobile man cave; Pumpkin (one of Alana’s sisters) perform painful beauty procedures on her relatives; and Alana grow jealous of her baby niece. OPENS FRIDAY
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This stage adaptation of Harry Allard’s books follows the misbehaving students of sweet Miss Nelson, who goes missing only to be replaced by the meanest substitute ever, Viola Swamp. It’s aimed at kids 5 and older. Adventure Theater MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.; Fri.-March 19, $19; 301-634-2270, adventuretheatre-mtc.org.
‘True Detective’ If early reviews are any indication, HBO’s big-deal, big-star mystery series “True Detective,” premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday, sets the bar sky-high for 2014 television. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play Louisiana crime solvers hunting for a serial killer over the course of 17 years (1995 to 2012) and eight episodes. McConaughey’s Rust Cohle is a brooding loner and Harrelson’s Martin Hart is more of a family guy, so friction’s guaranteed. Don’t get too attached: “True Detective” is an anthology show, so any future seasons will have a new cast.
‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ FRIDAY | Chris Pine, above, is the fourth actor to portray Tom Clancy’s adventure-having CIA employee Jack Ryan. The fifth Ryan movie is a reboot: The hero is a young Marine coveted by the CIA, and the film takes place now, not before Alec Baldwin’s Cold War-era Ryan outfoxed Soviets in “The Hunt for Red October.” Director Kenneth Branagh steps in to play the baddie, a Russian oligarch. SATURDAY
Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove brings his progressive jazz ensemble, The RH Factor, to the Kennedy Center’s comfy Crossroads Club lounge. Expect his trademark blend of soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop, studded with the skillful trumpet solos the jazz man is famous for. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., sold out & 10 p.m., $30; 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org. (Foggy Bottom)
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Bao Bao with her mom, Mei Xiang.
It’s going to be a big year for Bao Bao. Don’t miss her major milestones.
Bao Bao won’t be this cute forever. And when she’s 4 years old, she’ll be handed a one-way ticket to China. So we need to savor every moment we can get with our special furball, born to Mei Xiang and Tian Tian on Aug. 23 at the National Zoo. With the reopening of the panda house Saturday, Bao Bao groupies can start watching — in person instead of via Panda Cam! — for the developmental milestones she’ll hit in the coming months. “Between now and her ﬁrst birthday, there’s just going to be an explosion of behaviors,” says giantpanda keeper Nicole MacCorkle. How many will you spot? MARIS SA PAYNE (E XPRES S) WHEN TO VISIT
MacCorkle suggests visitors arrive between 7:30 and 8 a.m. to catch some action before the early-rising Bao Bao retreats for a mid-morning nap. “I know a lot of people are not really wanting to get up super early to get here, but, really, it pays off,” MacCorkle says.
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As Bao Bao’s public debut approaches, she’s “just really building the skills that she’s going to use,” MacCorkle says. She’s not that interested in toys yet, and she’s still getting to know her keepers and respond to her name, with the aid of a sweet incentive. Much like dogs, pandas “are very foodmotivated,” MacCorkle says. “When she starts to orient toward us, we call her name and say ‘good girl’ and she can have a little taste of apple juice.”
As Bao Bao matures, Mei Xiang will take more “me time” and stop hovering around her kid so much. That’s when Bao Bao will launch into “all the fun, cute cub things,” MacCorkle says: climbing trees and rocks, rolling down hills and engaging with toys. 2005 panda cub Tai Shan’s favorite was a pink rubber ball with a handle. “He would spend the better part of the day trying to get into the tree with it,” MacCorkle recalls.
Bao Bao’s First Snow China’s wild giant pandas are accustomed to snowy weather, MacCorkle says. She hopes the forecast cooperates in giving Bao Bao a taste of her motherland. Not much is cuter than an adult panda frolicking in the snow, she says. “But seeing a cub? That is an experience that definitely all Washingtonians should make time for.”
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Bao Bao’s First Tree Climb Much like a parent would baby-proof a home, zookeepers will cub-proof Bao Bao and Mei Xiang’s outdoor enclosure before Bao Bao gets her paws on the trees. Those with branches that overhang dad Tian Tian’s yard are a no-no; others are just too high for Bao Bao to safely scale at her age — stumps are more her speed right now. Zookeepers will also secure the fence lines and cushion some of the rocky areas with hay.
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Bao Bao Meets Dad A panda family is sweet to imagine, but in reality, Tian Tian, above, is an absentee father. (And maybe a dangerous one: “The potential exists that the cub could get killed” if she were housed in the same yard, MacCorkle says.) Unlike pandas in the wild, Bao Bao will get a chance to look at, smell and hear Tian Tian through a mesh window. Zookeepers look forward to this moment because they’ve never seen a female cub meet her father. “Who knows who’s gonna vocalize first? Some lucky visitor might get to see that,” MacCorkle says.
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Around her sixmonth birthday, Bao Bao starts eating bamboo, just like Mom and Dad. She also gets her first fruitsicle, a frozen apple juice and fruit concoction. “We’ll do a little mini one,” MacCorkle says. “Mei is not very sharing when it comes to those.” One treat Bao Bao won’t taste until she’s a year old is honey, as there’s a tiny risk it could give her botulism.
Bao Bao’s First Bamboo Shoots Visitors who really want to see the cub go nuts should visit when bamboo starts to shoot in late spring and early summer. The shoots, new growth that’s softer and more nutritious than mature bamboo, are easily a panda’s top treat pick, more coveted than honey or fruitsicles. “They just go crazy for them,” MacCorkle says.
Bao Bao’s First Birthday “It will be a big event that the public will be involved in,” MacCorkle promises. For Bao Bao’s birthday dinner, “I’m sure our Department of Nutrition will construct something fabulous and really extravagantlooking.” If Tai Shan’s several-layer ice “cakes” are the benchmark, then Bao Bao’s got one fancy fruitsicle to look forward to.
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No Cuddling Allowed Not even zoo staff are allowed to sneak a snuzzle with Bao Bao. “As tempting as that would be, that’s not our role here. Our role is to be as true to what their wild counterparts are doing,” MacCorkle says. If you DID get to pet her, it might be a letdown. Panda hair isn’t as soft as it looks, especially as a panda gets older; it feels kind of like scratchy sweater wool. MacCorkle compares Bao Bao’s fur to “coarse dog fur, with a little bit of the oil to keep them insulated and let the water roll off of them so they can stay warm.”
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That’s the message of encouragement I got after a recent jog — not from an upbeat personal trainer but from a band on my wrist. Who needs a personal cheerleader when you can turn to a new generation of GPS watches? The latest models do a lot more than just communicate with satellites to report your mileage and pace. They’re also chockablock with features that provide stats you might never have thought about, including how many times your feet strike the ground during a jog and how many hours you’ll need to recover after an intense workout. Let’s run through the options. MARC SILVER (FOR E XPRESS); PHOTO BY JASON HORNICK (FOR E XPRESS)
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The device that promises the most is the Adidas miCoach Smart Watch ($400). It stores and plays music (via Bluetooth), passes on coaching tips, counts your every step, and, positioned snugly by the wristbone, tracks heartbeats without a chest strap. (Although it can exaggerate: When it told me my heart had passed 160 beats per minute, my hand-to-wrist pulse check came up with 130-something.) You can download strength plans with demos and instruction. Plus, the green digits on the face look pretty sharp. But setting up the watch was more challenging than a marathon. It took me four days to succeed. Entering info on the screen can be, as an Adidas rep admitted, “cumbersome for some.” Once you pass those hurdles, the watch is easy to use — but is not glitch-free. And you must recharge it every night. The battery, which allows for three to 4½ hours of exercise monitoring, runs out of juice in about 24 hours.
3 Expert Opinion Instant feedback on a run is “hugely helpful” for a goaloriented exerciser, says Amanda Visek, professor of sports psychology at George Washington University. But data can be distracting. “Runners in general overtrain,” says Joel Martin, assistant professor of kinesiology at George Mason University. He worries that GPS-watch wearers may focus on their pace instead of what their bodies are telling them. Visek agrees: If only a watch would buzz when your IT bands are tight.
Garmin Forerunner 620
A runner interested in self-improvement will be unable to resist the Garmin Forerunner 620 ($400). “It’s like wearing a coach on your wrist,” says Dean Silkstone, manager of the Georgetown Running Company. It delivers constant input on your minute-by-minute pace so you can speed up (or slow down if you’re overdoing it). And it comes with a heart-rate strap to affix below the breastbone. (Like the Adidas monitor, it ran 10 to 30 beats fast.) The watch offers a full 10 hours of tracking before a recharge is needed. So it beats the Adidas by more than a few miles. But the Garmin can be a little too meddlesome. It’ll predict recovery time based on comparisons of your heart rate from the current and previous workouts. After a 6-mile jog, I was a bit surprised to hear I’d need 72 hours rest before another strenuous run. Even my mother isn’t that overprotective.
3 TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch At half the price, TomTom’s Multi-Sport GPS Watch ($200) proves that good things can come in less expensive packages. This first watch from the Amsterdam-based maker of GPS devices covers running, cycling (calculations, based on wheel size, include mph) and swimming (it’s waterproof to 165 feet deep). A manual is barely necessary. Just push a button to toggle among screens, set goals or put your exercise session on pause. Battery life is like the Garmin’s: 10 hours of monitoring from one charge. The best feature is out of sight. Anyone who’s owned a GPS watch knows the frustration of standing outside and waiting for the satellites to locate you. (I always want to shout, “I’m right here!”) Hooked into Russian satellites as well as the U.S. satellites that other watches rely on, the TomTom typically finds a runner more quickly than other brands — a welcome feat on a winter morning.
With the Band Not everyone wants to obsessively monitor performance with the watches above. The Nike+ FuelBand SE ($149) — the second edition of the bracelet that urges you to meet a daily numeric activity goal — has cool new features. You can measure a discrete workout rather than just the whole day, and the word “WON” flashes when hourly goals are met. But a promised ability to accurately weigh yoga fell short: A tough 75-minute class rated the same as a stroll. M.S.
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Don’t Let Accents Be Foreign Standout colors and patterns turn a boring wall into a canvas for creative decorating
where you could tuck a side table rather than a point you could stub your toe on.
Imagine what your accent wall will look like from other rooms. “ You ne v e r ju s t s it a r ou nd in a single room; you’re always moving through your house,” he says.
Be bold. Pick a color, then go two shades more extreme — whether that means richer, darker or brighter — advises London. “It’s just paint. You can always redo it.”
“Washington is a political city. It’s hard to get anyone to make a strong commitment, even when it comes to paint color.” THINKSTOCK
What’s Washington, D.C.’s most famous accent wall? The royal-blue panels of the White House press briefing room, of course. Bill London, the local designer who helped revamp the space back in 2006, says that accent walls are particularly tough for denizens of the D.C. area. We shy away from the bold colors that can really deﬁne a room and instead try to use inoffensive, neutral tones. “Washington is a political city,” he says. “It’s hard to get anyone to make a strong commitment, even when it comes to paint color.” Extract yourself from the mushy middle with this advice:
Consider the whole space.
Consider a rich neutral.
Have fun with patterns.
Avoid shiny paint.
“A dark taupe is just as beautiful as red or orange,” he says. “But it has to be dark enough so that it really stands out.”
Stripes, zigzags or even harlequin diamonds can make a room feel more lively and fun than a flatcolored wall can.
“Matte paint hides imperfections in the wall,” London says. “That’s especially important with older homes.”
Begin and end on inside corners. Accent walls work best when they are framed by corners where two walls meet, creating a pocket
any decor rule, but pops of color and patterns are available at PBTeen and PBKids — and no one will know those rugby stripes ($39 at potterybarnkids .com) were designed for a dorm room, not your living room.
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Want something retro? Need a hardto-find finial (the decorative, screw-in piece that sits atop many lamps)? Ask Lillian Vasilas, who married into this family business in 1946 and is still doling out lamp-shade tips at age 92. Snag a new shade or have them reline Grandma’s silk style that was scorched by a bulb — but “any handwork is going to be expensive,” Vasilas warns. Expect to pay $35 for a simple, hard-backed shade and around $70 for a pleated, fabric one.
Instead of color, try accenting a wall with an artfully arranged collection of clocks, photos or framed paintings. “Don’t be afraid to hang stuff high, and don’t be afraid to hang stuff low,” London says. SADIE DINGFELDER (E XPRESS)
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Whether it got a puncture wound during your last move or its color clashes with your sweet new rug, that lamp shade has to go. But buying new shades can often be more complicated than you’d think. There’s plenty of help available from both local and online sources.
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Why wrestle with DIY when Etsy queen Dana Quist can sell you a drum shade in a dramatic green dragon print ($150)? Choose something from her extensive gallery, LampShadeDesigns, or send in your own fabric for a custom job, starting at $65 and delivered in two to three weeks. For odd fittings and funky old lamps, send your shade to her in Charlottesville, Va., and she’ll build the new one using the old parts, which guarantees a good fit.
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shopping Sew in Love SILVER SPRING designer Erika Schrieber never went to fashion school. You could have fooled us, what with her debut collection of impeccable skirts, dresses and crop tops ($178-$298, erikaschrieber.com). Just 25 years old, Schrieber gives classic shapes a youthful spin, like a cheeky slit in a mini ($195, below) and short sleeves on a futuristic, black-andwhite tux jacket ($298). Plus, all of the clothes are produced locally, giving wearers serious bragging rights about D.C. style.
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Coming Ashore in Georgetown You may not have a weekend cottage on the Eastern Shore (yet), but Georgetown’s newish American/Holiday (1319 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-6842790, iloveah.com) sells beachy pillows, breezy scarves and blankets made from saris ($90) that will make any nest look shore-worthy. The sleek gift shop — which also has an older branch in St. Michaels, Md. — overflows with such well-priced home decor as overstuffed chairs ($500 and up), candles in recycled beer bottles and its own line of Knotty Buoy men’s T-shirts.
FAIRFAX COUNTY jewelry designer Sophie Blake has a crush on the shapes and sparkle of the ’20s: gilded trapezoids, topaz clusters, rhinestone tassels. For her winter line, though, she took flapper-ish ideas down a dark path. “The new pieces are a little edgier, a little spiky,” Blake says. Made with salvaged 1940s Czech glass, pieces like the gunmetal “Sima” studs ($120) and “Rita” pendant (above, $260) have a celestial vibe. Buy them at Tabandeh (Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-2440777) or sophieblakeny.com.
Lost & Vined World Marketing MAKING YOUR HOME (OR WARDROBE) look as if you’ve been globe-trotting can get spendy. (Rugs in Hanoi are cheap, but the plane ride to get there isn’t.) Good thing National Geographic recently opened an e-boutique, Shop the Road Less Traveled (shoproadlesstraveled .nationalgeographic.com), full of scarves, throws and decor from Thailand, Bali and India. Exotic favorites include an ikat-covered stool ($98, below) and Balinese silver/carnelian earrings ($68).
A FINE BURGUNDY is perhaps not in your budget. But wine-identifying suction cups that resemble vino seals ($7 for 8, Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE, 202-543-1997) probably are. These wine markers by Vacu Vin, which come in multiple hues, assure that your party guests know which goblet is theirs — even after a few quaffs.
Brimming With Style IN 1890s PITTSBURGH, Cassel Goorin sold handmade hats from his horse cart. Now, his chapeau-creating great-grandson, Ben, is hawking cloches (above, $50), knit caps ($22-$65) and slick fedoras ($48-$200) at the new Goorin Bros. hat shop (1214 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-338-4287, goorin.com). A tin ceiling and factorystyle shelving set off men’s and women’s styles, some made in the U.S., in an old-school storefront. Also millinery-ing around: vintage-looking hatboxes ($8-$12), hat pins ($5-$8) and a few kids’ styles ($10-$35).
Grab Bag is written by Jennifer Barger and Holley Simmons.
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fun & games ACROSS 1 Madrid home 5 Early Irish alphabet 10 “Little Pigs” number 15 Ask for divine guidance 19 Imitative sort 20 Camel kin 21 Den din 22 “General Hospital” regular Sofer 23 Blue-eyed feline 25 Greek column style 26 Concerning the ears 27 Movie workplace 28 Tony Shalhoub TV series 29 Neon tetra, for one 32 Reykjavik is its capital
CREATURES LARGE AND SMALL 34 Await judgment 35 “___ you kidding?” 36 After taxes 37 Relative of a canary 38 “What Kind of Fool ___?” 40 Appear to be 43 Kindles, as interest 45 Gangster movie lead-spitter 47 Lennon’s bride 49 Part of a Three Stooges routine 51 Brought action against 52 Thai monetary units 54 Rosemary or basil 56 Ford model 58 Traditional cold remedy 59 Room at the top of stairs
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87 Blast of wind 88 Irregularly notched, as a leaf 89 Santa ___, Calif. 91 Bivouac item 93 Power-drill accessory 94 “To ___ is human ...” 95 Clothing retailer since 1969 97 Roman 1102 99 ___ and don’ts 101 “Love Boat” bartender 105 ___ and abet 106 Annoy by persistent faultfinding 108 Hillside on a Scottish golf course 110 “Great Expectations” girl 112 Koala, by another name 116 “Fifteen Miles on the ___ Canal” 117 “Danse” step 118 Chemical ending or compound 119 “... but I could be wrong” 120 Striped sea predator 123 “___ Wonderful Life” 124 Talk show host Gibbons 125 Totally pointless 126 Tip-top 127 Evened, as a score 128 Pele’s first name 129 Concluded
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130 Worst place in a race DOWN 1 Black currant flavor in wines 2 Individually 3 Two-___ (Miata, e.g.) 4 Set, as a detonator 5 “Maximus to Gloucester” poet Charles 6 “A Touch of Class” star Jackson 7 Cabbie 8 Physician’s org. 9 Certain finish 10 Certain electron tubes 11 Basketball rim 12 Indian noble 13 “All My Children” role 14 Steep slope (var.) 15 High-ranking teacher, for short 16 Personal personnel 17 Aromatic seed 18 Pricey vessels 24 Originates 30 They work with MDs 31 Salmon-fishing spear 33 Firefly 34 Car air freshener shape 39 Sweater material 41 North Pole assistant 42 Critically injure 44 Animal raised to run 1,320 feet
46 Airport worker’s org. 48 Food morsel 50 Boys, women, men and girls 52 Madonna hit, “La Isla ___” 53 One making amends 55 Hunting canine 57 ___ gin fizz 58 Meats for bad actors? 60 Prompter’s offering
62 Groups of troops 63 Wrapped Tijuana treat 65 100-meter race, e.g. 67 Bloomingdale’s Manhattan setting 69 36 inches 71 Alone 72 Animated Woody Allen character 73 Area in an Elvis tune
76 Encino neighbor 79 Types of pure iron 81 Blossom holder 83 Chafe 84 Busy bug 86 SASE, for one 89 Dry, red wine 90 Rudolph’s bright feature 92 Dalai Lama, for one 95 “___ to the Limit” (Eagles hit)
96 Conditional release from prison 98 Your financial advisor advises it 100 Composed 102 Andes native 103 Smoke detectors, e.g. 104 Pallbearer’s burden 107 Injured in the bullring 109 “The Sopranos” chef Bucco
111 Begat 113 Cheerful 114 “This ___ on me!” 115 Clown of renown 116 “Heavens to Betsy!” 121 Country lodge 122 “2001” computer
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