publication date: Saturday, May 14, 2005 (part of Round XXV)

category: Crime

clue: After collecting tips from the public, police evidence now points to her being an attempted con artist who bit off more than she could chew.

explanation: Ayala made headlines in 2005 by claiming to bite into part of a finger in chili at a Wendy's restaurant in California, only to be charged with fraud and attempted grand larceny for faking the incident to provoke a lawsuit. (The words "tips," "points," and "biting off more than she could chew" hint at her case.) more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Jackie Mason, E. M., Wendy Hampson, Lori S., Derrek White, Mike Miller, and Alexei Nikolaevich


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