An April Fool’s Prank

       Are you familiar with the Jumble?  That’s the word game that appears in many newspapers, magazines, and online.  I’ve made a habit of trying to solve the puzzle every day – except Sunday; those are too difficult – mentally.  So I don’t write letters or words on paper.  I just try to visualize them.  And I’ve got a pretty good track record; about a third of the time I get all four words and the answer.  Sometimes it’s even higher.  This week, I’ve already solved three of the puzzles.  

       But I digress.  Last Friday’s Jumble was accompanied by a caption reading, “Attention readers: AFTER TODAY, JUMBLE WILL NO LONGER BE FEATURED IN NEWSPAPERS.”  “Oh, come on,” I said, shaking my head in disappointment at the prospect of losing my morning entertainment.  But I persisted and identified the four words, then quickly filled in the answer.  Only then did I realize that I had been punked.  You see, the answer was APRIL FOOLS.  Okay guys – you got me…   

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don,  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!  

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

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