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BYLINE: By _____________________________

  1. Your name
  2. Rick Bragg
  3. Walter Winchell

DATELINE: ____________________________


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave an impromptu press conference yesterday afternoon. Standing on the City Hall steps, looking out over __________________,

  1. tobacco fields and cow pastures
  2. pretty Jewish girls from The New York Times
  3. a throng of uncredited stringers

… the Mayor said he supported raising the subway fare to _______________.

  1. $2.
  2. a cinnamon-raisin bagel.
  3. one of those nice fax machines from the Styles section.

Standing next to the Mayor was _______________________

  1. Lee Malvo
  2. some fine Metropolitan Club poon-poon
  3. the cast of The Thunderbirds

… as well as New York Times publisher ___________ Sulzberger.

  1. Punch
  2. Pinch
  3. Paunch

Bloomberg announced further cuts to the fire department. He’s hoping to save money by _______________________.

  1. buyouts
  2. a citywide “controlled burn”
  3. slaughtering dalmatians

The Mayor also cited increased city costs due to stepped-up police patrols and _______________.

  1. bridge security
  2. factcheckers
  3. radiation detectors for Plimpton’s table at Elaine’s

The Mayor had just returned from a wedding banquet that featured a main course of _______________.

  1. lobster
  2. humble pie
  3. civet cat

It was the second time the Mayor backpedaled on his promise not to officiate weddings, the first being when he married former mayor Rudolph Giuliani and ________________.

  1. Regina Peruggi
  2. Donna Hanover
  3. Judy Nathan

Speaking on other matters, the Mayor defended the police department in the aftermath of the recent deaths of a Harlem woman and ___________________.

  1. an African merchant
  2. Princess Margaret
  3. the career of a promising young reporter.

Bloomberg also repeated his support for WTC architect Daniel Liebeskind, praising his _____________________.

  1. design for an uninsurable building
  2. Jayson Blair-esque flair for the dramatic
  3. nice glasses

—Brian Parks

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