| Nov 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
For a fun holiday gift, consider a bridge book. David Bird's series about the bridge-playing monks of St. Titus and Victor Mollo's "Menagerie" books are sheer delights.
For a stocking stuffer, try the brilliant Jeff Chen's "Bridge Crosswords," 52 bridge-...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 1:39 PM
At the age of 6, Merl Reagle could spell the names of every kid in his first-grade class. For some reason, he still doesn't know why, he started linking them together.
"Maybe somebody gave me a piece of graph paper. I don't know," Reagle said. "I was...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Rose G. Vassallo, a retired construction firm bookkeeper, died of complications of renal failure Thursday at the Ellicott City Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84 and lived in Ellicott City.
Born Rose Grace Mignone in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 7:29 PM
“Try; you can hear the thinking through the walls,” King Henry II says in the solid-as-a-rock Palm Beach Dramaworks production of “The Lion in Winter” playing through Jan. 5 in West Palm Beach.
We almost feel that we can. For...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:29 AM
What's a 10-letter word for the 100th anniversary of something, in this case crossword puzzles?
Google is celebrating the centennial of crossword puzzles Friday with an interactive doodle on its home page. Users can head to Google.com to play the...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 3:10 PM
When it comes to rewarding distraction — we would never suggest it was a waste of time — there's nothing quite like grabbing the crossword puzzle, retreating to a comfortable chair and battling it out with Mr. Shortz, Mr. Reagle or whoever...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:26 AM
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5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213.
•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m. $20 group...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: I know you advocate keeping pets indoors, and I'm writing to urge your readers to do so, as dangers exist that we don't even realize.
Dakota the cat came into our lives eight years ago. He was about 6 months old, with an infected toe that our vet...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Some of you, upon hearing that "Brief Encounter" has been adapted to the stage, will immediately roll your eyes and ask, "Why would anyone be foolish enough to compete with the memory of David Lean's classic film?"
Well, the British company Kneehigh has...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 2:42 PM
Betty B. Scher, a nurse who was known to family and friends as having boundless energy and a lifelong thirst for knowledge, died Nov. 13 at her home. The Baltimore resident was 87.
When her children told extended family members she had died, few...
| Nov 16, 2013
Ed Sloman spends a lot of time at work playing games.
Sloman, the owner of Games and Stuff in Glen Burnie, says he's probably played thousands of the board, card and storytelling tabletop games he sells, but his all time favorite is Magic: The Gathering...