cat's cradle


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cat's cradle

Something intricately or overly complex and/or elaborate. Likened to the children's game of the same name in which string is wound around and between one's fingers to create intricate patterns. The new healthcare legislation is a baffling cat's cradle of regulations, requirements, and loopholes.
See also: cradle
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After trailing by 5-1/2 lengths on the backstretch, Jewel Princess won by five over Cat's Cradle, with Top Rung a half length farther back, third in the seven-horse field.
MAY Tue 16 Opera House, Toronto, ON Thu 18 Metro - Smart Bar, Chicago, IL Fri 19 The Rave II, Milwaukee, WI Sat 20 Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN Mon 22 Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO Tue 23 Club Sound (formerly Bricks), Salt Lake City, UT Thu 25 Berbati's Pan, Portland, OR Fri 26 Sasquatch Festival, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA Sat 27 Richards on Richards, Vancouver, BC Tue 30 Le National, Montreal, QC Wed 31 Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA JUNE Fri 2 Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA Sat 3 Webster Hall, New York, NY Tue 6 Black Cat, Washington, DC Wed 7 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC Thu 8 The Loft At Earthlink Live (formerly Vinyl), Atlanta, GA Tues 13 Canes, San Diego, CA Wed 14 Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Cat's Cradle, second choice in the wagering, was eased in the stretch.
Older children will be captivated by activity-oriented books and kits that will turn them into yo-yo wizards, knitting goddesses and queen of the cat's cradle.
Listening earned her fourth victory in five starts Sunday at Hollywood Park, rallying to win the $108,200 Bayakoa Handicap by a half-length over Cat's Cradle, with two other horses right behind.
Trainer David Hofmans saddles California Cup Distaff winner Cat's Cradle.
Solis, the runaway leader in the Oak Tree jockeys' race (33-17 over Eddie Delahoussaye), won the Distaff Starter Handicap with Miss Lady Bug, the Distaff with Cat's Cradle, the Sprint with Testimony and the Juvenile Fillies with Rexy Sexy.
Also expected to be entered this morning: Cat's Cradle and Top Rung.
05 Sunday Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts 07 Tuesday New York, NY Irving Plaza 14 Tuesday Washington, DC 9:30 Club 16 Thursday Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle 31 Friday Seattle, WA Stadium Exhibiton Center
Cat's Cradle broke a step slow, moved into contention on the turn and faded in the stretch to finish third and pay $2.
Scotland's progress hinges on a cat's cradle of results, which will have fans scratching their heads as they try to calculate all the permutations.
I suspect he would have prefaced it with a study by someone else spelling out the moral and economic evils derived from Gordon Brown's cat's cradle of stealth taxes, credits, and allowances all encapsulated and obscured in a miasma of small print.
The nearest I got was with a lad I met on a bell ringing outing -- we exchanged meaningful, promising glances through the cat's cradle of weaving ropes and sallies in the belfry of Sheffield Cathedral.
They don't play games like cat's cradle that we used to.