Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the July 22 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1934 that John Dillinger -- Public Enemy Number One had his "career" ended during a shootout with FBI agents who had been waiting outside a local cinema following a tip off. Dillinger tried to run and shoot at the agents but was shot three times and killed.
At the beginning of his criminal career in 1924, Dillinger and Ed Singleton attempted to rob a grocer in Mooresville, Indiana, but were caught. Dillinger is convicted and sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison.
Dillinger is released from prison on parole after serving eight and half years. After his release he robs a bank in Ohio and is arrested in September of 1933.
A few days after Dillinger is arrested, eight of his friends escaped from the Indiana State Prison and four of his associates broke him out of jail.
Interviewed by the stinkin' media, Dillinger never uttered the word "nobble."
But he could have.
Does nobble mean:
A: To "cook" the books. "I didn't get no 30 grand from that heist," said Dillinger. "That fat cat banker is nobbling to get insurance money."
B: To try to influence or thwart someone by underhanded methods. "I think some of these politicians are crooks, too," said the sheriff. "They constantly nobble me on this Dillinger thing."
C: To case a location. "I went to Buttertown to nobble that bank but the sheriff looked a little too tough for me to handle," confessed Dillinger.
D: To turn in a cohort. That dang Jimmy Joe nobbled me," said Dillinger. "I'll be paying him a visit when I bust out."
Dillinger and his gang robbed at least a dozen banks and netted a total loot of around $500,000 (roughly $7 million in modern day currency), but his take paled in comparison to the amount of money the FBI spent trying to catch him.
According to the Associated Press, the nascent government agency racked up a tab of some $2 million on the manhunt, which included the bill for several agents dedicated solely to Dillinger.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "B."