The Squirrel texted “Shot Yar!” as he saw the photo left outside the mail room. The rest of the staff hope he can decipher the resident faculty’s weekly clue…. (More)

“Umm, what?” the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked, peering carefully at the photo left by the resident faculty when they made their way from the wine cellar library, where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

“That white dot is a ball, right?” Chef asked as she brought out the decoder ring.

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The Squirrel nodded and tapped at his Blewberry. “It’s a cricket ball. That’s a photo of English fielder Jonathan Trott’s leaping attempt to catch a shot hit by Pakistani batsman Fawad Alam, back in 2010 at the Dubai Sports Center. But Trott couldn’t reach the ball and Alam’s shot flew over the boundary for six. Shot yar!”

“So a shot yar is like a home run in baseball?” Chef asked.

“Not exactly,” the Squirrel texted. “‘Shot yar’ is a cricket expression that started in India. It just means ‘Great shot!'”

“One that flies over the boundary for six?” the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked. “Like a home run in baseball?”

“Sometimes,” the Squirrel texted. “But cricket commentators sometimes also say ‘Shot yar’ when a batsman hits through a gap between fielders and the ball bounces and rolls to the boundary for four.”

“Let me guess,” Chef said. “The resident faculty will take the week off, and you’ll bounce around the news like a cricket ball on its way to the boundary?”

The Squirrel nodded and tapped at his Blewberry. “Shot yar!”

We hope he doesn’t get stumped.


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