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My issue is Rex Stout’s “Might as well be Dead” (1956)

The dialog from the novella: "I said shut up. Is it too late to get an advertisement into tomorrow's papers?" "The Gazette, no. The Times, maybe."

I can’t understand, which newspaper is strictly ready to take the advertisement and which is strictly not (or possibly yes or not).

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The Gazette, no: it is not too late to get an ad into tomorrow's Gazette.

The Times, maybe: it is maybe too late to get an ad into tomorrow's Times.

Saying "it is not too late" means it can be done now.

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  • Thank you! But is it possible (or not) to understand it like “Gazette, no” – “No, we absolutely not able to get an advertisement into The Gazette” and “The Times, maybe.” – “Perhaps we are still able to get an advertisement into The Times”? The case is two out of three translations to Russian have this version.
    – Maxim Kornilov
    Sep 19, 2021 at 23:26
  • @Maxim I see the difficulty, but reading on, which newspaper do they try / does the ad get placed in? The question does ask 'strictly' and this answer gives the literal interpretation. Sep 19, 2021 at 23:42
  • As I know, afterward the advertisement(s) were in “papers”. Does not specify in which, but some “papers”.
    – Maxim Kornilov
    Sep 19, 2021 at 23:52
  • @MaximKornilov: Near the beginning of chapter 2, after the ad or ads have been placed, we read: The first reaction was not from a P.H. but an L.C. — Loll Cohen of the Gazette. So it seems the ad did make the Gazette. Is it too late? For the Gazette — no, it is not too late. Sep 20, 2021 at 0:02
  • @Tinfoil, that's useful context. I will say that I could see "Is it too late?" — "A: no, B: maybe" going either way in a spoken conversation, that is, "A: no" could mean "No, it is not too late" or it could mean "No, it is not possible."
    – randomhead
    Sep 20, 2021 at 1:15

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