Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2017


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18 Responses to “Cue”

  1. Arthur Nov 20th 2017 at 12:04 am 1

    Except in the break, the chances of a ball being hit by the cue
    ball (the one with no number) is much higher than being hit by
    any other.

  2. fleabane Nov 20th 2017 at 12:13 am 2

    The cue ball regularly goes about hitting other balls. The 11 is identifying him in a line up. what’s not to get?

  3. PeterW Nov 20th 2017 at 12:15 am 3

    An extra wrinkle to the joke is that suspects in a lineup all have numbers. The cue ball isn’t numbered.

  4. Folly Nov 20th 2017 at 01:45 am 4

    The police ball wanted to tell the suspect, “now we’ve got your number buddy…,” but he can’t.

    Also, I’m trying to come up with a joke about the policeball’s man instead of the policeman’s ball, but so far I’ve scratched.

  5. fleabane Nov 20th 2017 at 02:21 am 5

    Oh… numbers!

  6. Kilby Nov 20th 2017 at 03:28 am 6

    Whoever did the color for this panel should get a special award. All of the numbered balls are in the correct hue, and even the policeman’s ball was carefully rendered in a blue that is recognizably “police”, but not so dark as to be confused with “#2″.

  7. Lord Flatulence Nov 20th 2017 at 09:00 am 7

    It should’ve been the eight ball accusing the cue ball. That would bring a little racism into it.

  8. Mitch4 Nov 20th 2017 at 10:38 am 8

    Really rather cute!

    “Cue ball” can be a nickname for a bald man. If you are familiar with American novelist John Hawkes, you may know there is. divided critical and popular reaction to the central character of his “Second Skin”, a guy with the sometime nickname “Papa Cueball .” I haven’t read it in a long time and might see things differently, but I was a definite Anti-Cueballite

  9. Ted from Ft. Laud Nov 20th 2017 at 12:33 pm 9

    The cue has “no identifying marks” - making it much harder for the police to be sure the victim picked out the right party?

  10. Kilby Nov 20th 2017 at 12:37 pm 10

    @ mitch4 (8) - Closer to what we usually talk about around here, I’m pretty sure that the primary (male) character in XKCD comics is often referred to as “Cueball” (not actually within the context of the strip, just in the course of external discussion).

  11. Winter Wallaby Nov 20th 2017 at 12:50 pm 11

    Kilby #11: Wow, your arrow actually lines up perfectly with the XKCD link [*]! Impressive!

    [*] On my browser, with my resolutions and other settings, etc. . . YMMV.

  12. Mitch4 Nov 20th 2017 at 01:49 pm 12

    Oh yeah, on the Explain XKCD wiki they do that. And have other characters named too.

  13. Boise Ed Nov 20th 2017 at 09:05 pm 13

    A big LOL to Folly [4].

  14. Bob in Nashville Nov 20th 2017 at 09:49 pm 14

    The cue ball was the one that knocked 11 down the corner pocket.

  15. Mark in Boston Nov 20th 2017 at 11:39 pm 15

    … in the game room with the pool cue.

  16. Arthur Nov 21st 2017 at 12:48 am 16

    MiB has the Clue.

  17. tristara Nov 21st 2017 at 09:32 am 17

    I completely see this as the “cop” trying to be politically correct and NOT say: ” are you sure it was the white guy?”
    or VERY racist: “how could it possibly be the white guy, with all those other non-white colors”

    Or like when you are trying to describe somebody who is obese, white, and has stringy hair, and you can only say” the woman with the glasses” and even sometimes can only say “the person with glasses” because all the very obvious descriptions are negative and unkind.

  18. Kilby Nov 21st 2017 at 12:47 pm 18

    @ WW (was 12, is 11) - It was a few lines off when I posted it, but I think that the most significant factor (besides resolution and window width) is the title of the threads that show up for the 15 most recent comments. In any case, our most helpful moderator has since fixed the link @10 and deleted the P.S. with the arrow, which is why your note appears to refer to its own number.

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