Is it just me, or is the intro "Riddle-de-dee" off-putting?
Today we get a pinwheel theme of riddles:
What is it that the more you take, the more you leave behind? (FOOTSTEPS)
What's light as a feather but can't be held for long? (YOURBREATH)
What's clean when black and dirty when white? (CHALKBOARD)
What asks no questions but must be answered? (TELEPHONE)
Not a bad set, really, and paradoxes are always fun. And how many of you were prompted by the second question to find out what the world record is for holding one's breath? Well, I was, and I'll tell you. The average person can hold their breath for maybe a minute, and some people can hold it for almost three minutes, which is usually long enough to cause yourself to pass out. But the world record - go on, just take a guess... The world record is 22 minutes, 22 seconds. Apparently breath can be held much longer if you're submerged in cold water, and - and this seems to be important - if you hyperventilate pure oxygen for 15 or 20 minutes before you start. Still, the "non-oxygen aided" record stands at 11 minutes, 35 seconds. Yikes!
Records like this strike me as not a good idea. You heard it here first - Do not try to break the breath-holding record!
OK, bit of a sidetrack there...
Some very nice, unusual fill today, like the S-started trio of SLOUGHED (Cast (off)), SHUTEYE (Sleep, informally), and SASHAY (Walk with a swing of the hips and shoulders) in the South. KICKBALL (Activity on a school playground) was always fun, and we've seen many a TEDDY looking out from house windows all around town. Hopefully, all the positive stuffed animal energy will help to bring a CURE and/or a vaccine ASAP. And speaking of the pandemic, are HEADSHOPs essential businesses?