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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
44 MARCH 2011 CORRESPONDENCE Following our Christmas tradition, there were two TEASERS. The first is a finger-operated amalgam dispenser, circa 1905, which saved the chairside assistant's time when weighing out amalgam alloy. The first correct answer came from Geoff Rider (Sydney 2000), who suggested an alternate use: "re-loading shotgun cartridges with a measured amount of nitro-proven Black Powder". Then came Joseph Chan (Thomastown 3074); Paul Mattiussi (Dayboro 4521); and Jim Sternhell (Ashfield 2131). The names went in the hat, with two each for Paul and Jim because of their accompanying Clinical Hints. Alas, Lady Luck favoured Geoff Rider, who wins a coveted, inscribed ADA paperweight. The second TEASER, a denture with opal teeth, is more well-known than one would have thought. Answers were submitted by Mario Reznik (Umina Beach 2257); Joseph Chan (above); Paul Matiussi (above); Penelope Brown (Casaurina 0811); and Jim Sternhill (above). Their replies identified the item as (in order of receipt): denture of the late Harry Hodges, opal dealer and bookie; a Coober Pedy Chinese opal miner and heavy smoker; Harold Hodges' denture; Harold Hodges' denture, made by my father and a Lightning Ridge opal-miner's denture. As is becoming increasingly apparent, savvy investigators enter their TEASER enquiries into Google, and usually find out more than they wanted to know about the subject. This technique must have been used by two of the above, as they would not have otherwise been able to identify the denture's owner by name. There is no shame in doing this, and they are to be applauded for their initiative. But such 'Googling' makes your Compiler's task of finding a suitably challenging TEASER that much more difficult. However, Penelope Brown belongs in a different category altogether, because the denture in question was made by her father (a 1948 graduate) in his surgery in Parkes, where he was in partnership with Penolope's mother Margaret Brown (nee Tranter) and an assistant, Mike Richardson. She continued: "My father was a great friend of Harold Hodges, who was a very colourful character, as the denture attests to. I seem to remember a story that two sets of dentures were made -- the opal ones as a 'good' set, and a regular set for every day". Penelope attached newsletters from Lightning Ridge's Opal Mining Centre and mused that perhaps Broome has a similar denture made with pearl-shell teeth. Several of the above respondents accompanied their answers with Clinical Hints, which would, in normal circumstances have given them a statistical advantage in establishing who wins the handsome, inscribed Pewter ADA paperweight. But here we have a case of 'nulli contendere'.* There is simply no contest, and Penelope must be awarded the inscribed ADA paperweight. Any dissenting letters received will be deposited in your Recorder's round filing cabinet, and no correspondence will be entered into. *Google this for more information. Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Barrie R D Gillings, 121 Bannockburn Road, Turramurra 2074. Phone: 02 9144 3787; Fax: 02 9440 9159; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org December 2010 TEASER answers clinical hints
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