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  • Solemn, sober-sided, dutiful George V – Prince William's great-great grandfather who reigned from 1910 to 1936 – was the first monarch to acknowledge his peoples' passionate relish for their sports and pastimes.

    Royalty has finally become wedded to the national sporting obsession | Frank Keating

  • Though Clay viewed himself as infinitely more brilliant and politically dexterous than the stolid and sober-sided Polk, he lacked a crucial political attribute that Polk had in abundance: discipline.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • In a similar vein, Cartier premiered Calibre, a sober-sided steel watch, also 42mm.

    Slim Elegance Is Back

  • Though he took his art with the utmost seriousness, he wrote about it in a way guaranteed to leave sober-sided folk cold: "For my part, my first concern is to do what pleases me while trying above all to express my personality; and my second is not to be a bore."

    The Smiling Genius

  • Abundant data indicate that it is a very reasonable policy prescription, one recommended by many sober-sided pragmatists.

    Fearing The Reaper: QE2, The 1970s And Rerunning The 1930s

  • Yes, there were the usual celebrities — by and large, a sober-sided, serious, well-informed lot.

    Capital Conversation: Politics and Power

  • Tim Russert did a “Meet The Press” program last Sunday in which a bunch of gray-haired, sober-sided guys -- Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Richard Lugar, Senator Fred Thompson, Lee Hamilton, and Tom Kean of the 9/11 commission -- basically all agreed that we are in danger.

    Erica Jong: Loose Nukes

  • So yes, the professor would be a deserter in the fight between fun and boring sober-sided discourse.

    I think I'm going to have to stop watching "American Idol."

  • "We're seeking the customers with a sense of humor," said Donald S. Higdon, 54, who opened Tightwad with his business partner in May after they grew bored with running a sober-sided bank in neighboring Kansas.

    Yes, "Tightwad Bank" Is A Real Bank, And It's FDIC Insured - The Consumerist

  • No punch lines, no poll-tested sound bites, no dear-sir-you-cur sideswipes at the other guy -- just two sober-sided, middle-aged gents talking seriously about serious matters.

    Running on Wax Cylinders

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