cat's cradle

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something that is intricately and often bewilderingly complex

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a game played with string looped over the fingers

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Though Geekdad says kids can use string to hang things from doorknobs, make leashes for stuffed animals or play Cat's Cradle, I don't recall having any interest in such things.
He innocently gives a copy of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle to a teenage girl and his neighbors are righteously appalled.
your knees; your dance unlocks Cat's cradle, spider-baby, incubus.
In Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel Cat's Cradle, the fictional substance ice-nine crystallizes all liquid water it touches, with the power to wipe out all life on Earth in an instant.
FRILLY: Artists Adrienne and Kirsty will use tales and fantasies taken from Brummies to create two and three-dimensional images to fill a giant cat's cradle called Secret City in an empty unit in The Mailbox.
SPECIAL BRANCH This beautiful leopard picks the perfect spot for a big cat's cradle.
Everyone but my mother is glad that the manuscript is dead, and, in any case, there would be no point now that I've discovered Rebecca Rosenblum's The Big Dream, which unravels the cat's cradle, bridging the work and personal lives of cubicle dwellers with enviable precision.
His works such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor and science fiction.
Yet this is no rural delight, for the skyline is scarred by cables and pylons that converge in adjacent fields, resembling the national grid's version of a cat's cradle.
Now you have a cat's cradle, see if you can get your friends to do one, too.
If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity," Vonnegut declared in his novel Cat's Cradle.
Science pervades his work, whether it's evolution in Galapagos or the fictional material Ice-9 in Cat's Cradle.
Strings, however, always have explained or enriched our lives, from Theseus's escape route from the Labyrinth, to kittens playing with balls of yarn, to the single hair that held the sword above Damocles, to the basic awfulness of string cheese, to the Old Norse tradition that one's life is a thread woven into a tapestry of fate, to the beautiful sounds of the finely tuned string of a violin, to the children's game of cat's cradle, to the concept of stringing someone along.
Sunday's $75,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap for older fillies and mares, also at 71/2 furlongs on Cushion Track, drew a field of five, including the Kathy Walsh-trained Bootleg Annie.
of Northern Iowa) examines the career of the late American writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), author of such works as Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, and Breakfast of Champions.