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The Slice: We all share baggage issues

If everyone just stood back a few feet, accessing airport baggage carrousels would be easier for all.

But that will never happen.

Saturday quiz results: Quite a few readers knew that Montana, Montana State, Idaho, Idaho State, Weber State and Gonzaga were the charter members of the Big Sky Conference.

Onetime Vandals track and field coach Michael Keller is among those who will receive a coveted reporter’s notebook.

Slice answers: In the matter of inadequate car heaters/windshield defrosters, The Slice heard from several readers who have chilling memories of driving Volkswagens years ago.

“The front seat passenger had to scrape the windshield from the inside as we went down the road,” wrote Tina Piaskowski.

Gettin’ figgy with it: “Merry Christmas from my first grade class at Nine Mile Falls Elementary,” wrote teacher Anne Remien. “We have answers to some of your questions.

“Eggnog is frozen egg juice. The three most important ingredients in fruitcake are fruit, chocolate frosting and vanilla ice cream. Figgy pudding is pudding with figgy in it.”

Hat trick: 1. Do the stuffed animals at Teddy Bear Toss Night go “Ooof!” when they land on the ice?

2. Can you name all the Spokane pizza places you used to patronize that are closed now?

3. If you were watching the community calendar on cable channel 5 while half asleep, it might have appeared that Jess Walter, Sherman Alexie and Larry the Cable Guy were making a joint appearance in Spokane.

Today’s Slice question: I was having some peanuts, which made me think of Georgia. That made me think of a Spokane friend originally from that state.

What makes people think of you?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Because they blame drivers from far away, a couple of readers argued that bottles full of urine along I-90 don’t really constitute a “local” littering quirk.

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