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A Scottish Story

Complete with the correct word. Easy.


A young Scotsman (1)....................................... an elderly Scotsman (2)....................................... travelling in the same railway compartment (3)....................................... Aberdeen to Glasgow.

The young man said: "Excuse me, but (4)....................................... you tell me what the time is?"

The old man (5)....................................... not reply.

The young man asked again.

Still no answer.

(6)....................................... last, the young man asked: "Why don't you answer my question?"

The old man replied: "Let (7)....................................... explain. After I tell you the time, we would fall (8)....................................... conversation. We become friendly. We go to the bar (9)....................................... a drink. I buy you a whisky. You buy me a whisky. Then I invite you (10)....................................... , and you meet my daughter. You fall (11)....................................... love with her. You ask her to marry you. I don't want my daughter to marry a man (12)....................................... doesn't even have a watch."

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