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Old 08-08-2011, 02:15 AM   #3980
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"For some reason, CAN IT as an answer for the clue “Restraining order?” made me laugh, and I always like seeing EGRESSES in the grid because it reminds me of the P.T. Barnum story essentially proving his maxim that there is a sucker born every minute. Barnum’s American Museum was so popular that people would spend the entire day there. This cut into profits, as the museum would be too full to squeeze in another person. In his inimitable style, Barnum put up signs that said “This Way to the Egress.” Many customers followed the signs, not realizing that egress was a fancy word for exit, and not a sign for some exotic, new attraction. Some of the patrons followed the signs right out the door, and once they had left the building, the door locked behind them. If they wanted to get back in, they had to pay another admission charge. I like to reflect upon that story as one of the things that helped make America great."
~copy and pasted from nyt wordplay
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