S for Spraying – #atozchallenge


“A Brilliant Conspiracy” Episode 19.

Blurb & other Episodes


“Spraying three utterly virulent compounds onto leas was intentional.

Xylitol masked delphinine, galantamine, plus amatoxins,” noted Jamila.

Barrels hauled from recalcitrant Yoshi’s ketch, embroiled quivering Zollie.



Amatoxins                   a subgroup of at least eight toxic compounds found in several genera of poisonous mushrooms, most notably the Death Cap Amanita phalloides (Death Cap) and several other members of the genus Amanita

Delphinine                  a toxic diterpenoid alkaloid found in plants from the Delphinium (Larkspur) and Atragene (a clematis) genera.

Galantamine                an alkaloid obtained synthetically or from the bulbs and flowers of the Galanthus species (Snowdrops), and related genera like Narcissus (daffodil).

Ketch                           a two-masted, fore-and-aft rigged sailing boat with a mizzenmast stepped forward of the rudder and smaller than its foremast.

Xylitol                         a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. Xylitol is often fatal to dogs.



Archibald’s ‘Horse of the Day’


Seabiscuit inspired many Americans back in the Depression, and for many was a Sure Thing. But then so was Secretariat.


Jamila’s ‘Daily Poison’


Scorpion (species of Centruroides, Tityus, and Leiurus);

Distribution: warm temperate and tropical regions;

Toxic principle: neurotoxin, cardiotoxin, hemolytic, lecithinase, hyaluronidase, and others

Symptoms vary depending upon the species of scorpion; sting from the tail stinger causes a sharp burning sensation, swelling, sweating, restlessness, salivation, confusion, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, numbness, muscular twitching, respiratory distress, convulsions, death; the mortality rate from stings from certain species of scorpions is very high; antiserum is available.


Word Links







S is also for Seismic Crimes



The Challenge runs over 26 days – with Sundays off for good behaviour – and each day will be based on the alphabet, from A through to Z.

Read more about the Challenge I set myself in my Theme Reveal:

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal 2016

For more on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and to visit the other brave bloggers, go to the official site and this linky list.




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