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TOP TRUMP TAMER Switching from gabbing to grabbing, former talk-show host Merv Griffin outmaneuvered developer Donald Trump for control of Resorts International, the Atlantic City hotel-and-gambling company. The megarich Merv paid $364 million.

COSTLIEST TYPO When Prudential took out a lien against eight ships owned by United States Lines, someone wrote down $92,885 instead of $92,885,000. So when the shipping firm went bankrupt and sold the liners for $67 million, it + technically owed Prudential only $92,885. The shipping company eventually agreed to give Prudential the proceeds, but deducted $11 million as the price of the errant decimal point.

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