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al kuh mee

  • n  the way two individuals relate to each other
    a mysterious alchemy brought them together
  • n  a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

  • Eric Cottell, a British-born inventor, does not change base metals into gold, but he does mix oil and waterand these days that may be the most welcome alchemy of all.
  • For such alchemy, Adri maintains a "laboratory workshop" in nearby Barcelona, where he experiments with everything from centrifuges to cotton- candy machines.
  • The alchemy begins when rating agencies such as Standard Poor's and Fitch Ratings wave their magic wand over these top tranches and declare them to be a golden AAA rated.

  • Pierce Brosnan in Los Angeles Times
    He's a taskmaster, and he can put the fear of God into you if you're not prepared, if you don't know what you're doing as an actor,Brosnan said. "It was amazing watching him work. The camera is his alchemy chest, and the viewfinder is his...
  • Ivan Seidenberg in FOXNews
    No wonder there appears to be a desperate quality to Qwest's efforts to acquire MCI,Verizon Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said in the letter. "Qwest fails to explain the financial alchemy required to keep Qwest afloat, complete the...
  • Joseph Stiglitz in Bloomberg
    I view the ratings agencies as one of the key culprits,says Joseph Stiglitz, 65, the Nobel laureate economist at Columbia University in New York. "They were the party that performed that alchemy that converted the securities from F- rated...

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