MODERN LIVING: The $25,000 Dilly

For some of the competitors in Pillsbury's twelfth Annual Grand National Bake-Off last week, it was just one knead after another. One woman could not get her Danish rolls to rise because of the air conditioning in baking headquarters at the Statler Hotel in Washington, D.C.; another forgot her spectacles and could not see to pick the stems off the raisins (a Pillsbury vice president thoughtfully lent her his). Another sent Pillsbury staffers scurrying about to find bleached pumpkin seeds (they had given her unbleached ones).

After eight hours of sampling, the...

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