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Fill in each blank with a suitable word.

It was a sunny afternoon. Charles scratched his head. He was pushing his pie wagon along the familiar beach, selling his freshly baked pies. However, lately, the beach-goers were ___1___ for something new. They no longer wanted pies. These were too greasy and filing. They wanted something light.

"What ? Pies again ? I wish you have something ___2___ for us !" lamented one of the beach-goers.

"Nice warm sandwiches would be most welcome," quipped another.

For the first time in a decade, he had to bring his ___3___ pies home. Charles knew that he needed to change his ___4___. He knew that if he could give his customers what they wanted, his business would surely boom.

However, his wagon was just too small that he could not offer them a variety of sandwiches long with his pies. There was no ___5___ at all !

"Something warm .. something light ..." he muttered to himself. Deep in thought, he walked ___6___ a butcher stall. The butcher was arranging strings of sausages. Something about the long sausages stirred his ___7___. Then, he walked past a ___8___. Bread of all shapes and sizes caught his attention. Charles paused to look at the long rolls. Suddenly, an idea popped into his head.

He decided ___9___ and then to serve sausages on rolls ! However, he needed to convince his customers that the sausages would be nice and warm. So, Charles decided to have a hot stove installed right inside his wagon. He ___10___ that if the customers could see the red hot sausages, then they would definitely be ___11___ to try out his new invention -- sausage on a roll !

It was strange that no one had ever thought of serving a sausage on a roll before. His invention was a ___12___ and during his first year, he sold about 3700 sausages on a roll.

How then did it become known as 'hot dogs' ?

Well, like all good food stories, the name happened to be ___13___ by a man who, being rather impatient while waiting for his turn, shouted, "Give me one of those hot dogs !" Of course, he referred the sausages as ___14___ as they look like the elongated Dachshund -- the dogs that have long bodies and short ___15___.

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1. yearning

2. else

3. unsold

4. strategy

5. space

6. past

7. imagination

8. bakery

9. there

10. figured

11. tempted

12. hit

13. coined

14. dogs

15. legs


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