Well, now you've done it! Leaving UCLA out of your top-20 basketball rating (Scouting Reports, Dec. 9) is like playing a round of golf without a putter.
I suggest you take your next rating at the end of this season, which will surely find the Bruins a bit higher than your "surprise packages."
L. D. McBAIN
I don't know where you got your information from, but here is how it should be: No. 1 Loyola, No. 2 NYU, No. 3 Cincinnati.
I was happy to see you rated Loyola No. 6 again this year. I feel this will give it the determination, as it did last year, to reign as the king of college basketball.
J. A. DOWNEY
Being a longtime Monopoly fan, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed J. F. Wilkinson's article, The Play-money Game That Made Millions (Dec. 2). As an ardent baseball fan, I was grateful for something to enjoy in the off season.
I have been playing Monopoly for over 25 years myself, but when my family and I went to Iran in 1960 for a tour of duty with the U.S. Army there we found a Persian version of the game. It is called Iropoly. There is no basic change except airports replace railroads (which are practically nonexistent in Iran, anyway), two insurance companies are substituted for the utilities, a hospital is used in lieu of the jail and lottery cards (lotteries on a national scale are operated once a week in Iran) replace Chance and Community Chest. The game is played with Iranian currency, rials. One collects 5,000 rials (roughly $66) when passing Start.
The streets and properties for sale in Iropoly are typical Teheran city streets—Shahreza, Soraya, Pahlavi, Jaleh and Tir. Each square is marked in both English and the Iranian language, Farsi.
One gets the same thrills from Iropoly as one gets from Monopoly. We brought home a set with us when we returned this summer. But we can't help wondering if Parker Brothers are realizing royalties from the game of Iropoly.
JAMES D. GOELTZ, USA
Fort Riley, Kans.
It never fails. The minute anyone suggests changing our archaic laws governing firearms, people like you immediately seize on the most extreme views expressed and repeat them as gospel, as the general viewpoint (SCORECARD, Dec. 9). You holler that our hunters and target shooters will be victimized while the mugger will still have his gun.