(GARRISON) KEILLOR, PRETTY GOOD JOKE BOOK — The lawyer... [was] cross-examining the doctor about whether he checked the pulse of the deceased... . And the doctor said, "Well,... [t]he man's brain was in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out practicing law somewhere."
The lawyer is cross-examining the doctor about whether he checked the pulse of the deceased before he signed the death certificate.
"No," he said, "I didn't check his pulse."
"And did you listen for a heartbeat?" said the lawyer.
"No, I did not," said the doctor.
"So," said the lawyer, "when you signed the death certificate, you had not taken steps to make sure he was dead."
And the doctor said, "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out practicing law somewhere."
|A.||Big cheese, honcho, fat cat, pooh-bah||KAHUNA|
|B.||Symbolic object or identifying mark||EMBLEM|
|C.||Bones of contention||ISSUES|
|D.||Kind of acid increased when you exercise||LACTIC|
|F.||Like two pyramids sharing one face||OCTAHEDRAL|
|G.||Displaying an upright character?||ROMAN|
|H.||Unit of dishonesty, in fact-checking||PINOCCHIO|
|I.||Proxima Centauri, for one (2 wds.)||REDDWARF|
|J.||Given greater nutritive value||ENRICHED|
|K.||Brawny strength; big muscles||THEWS|
|M.||Culmination of some clutter clearing (2 wds.)||YARDSALE|
|N.||Make pretty for presentation (hyph.)||GIFTWRAP|
|O.||Master of surprise endings (2 wds.)||OHENRY|
|P.||Youngsters in a parliament||OWLETS|
|Q.||Intentionally oversimplify for wider understanding (2 wds.)||DUMBDOWN|
|R.||Tall, branching yucca of the American Southwest (2 wds.)||JOSHUATREE|
|S.||Off-color and then some||OBSCENE|
|T.||In the strike zone, but barely (hyph.)||KNEEHIGH|
|U.||What secondhand smoke has been||EXHALED|
|V.||Under a spell of enchantment||BEWITCHED|
|X.||Capital founded in 1826 as Bytown||OTTAWA|
|Y.||Surname of Beyoncé||KNOWLES|