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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

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Pitfall Planet is packed full of puzzles to solve, imaginative levels to explore and stars two of the most charismatic and cute robots this side of the galaxy.
The third pitfall is attempting to delight customers solely with rational elements of CX quality.
Further, one must be alert to avoid "pitfalls." After the death, and as the years roll on, some of the pitfalls you may face are:
Secondary objective included the comparison of soil invertebrate sampling methods (pitfall traps and monolith) and capturing season (winter and summer) on the population abundance of different edaphic macroinvertebrate groups.
In total, 68 colored pitfall traps made of plastic jars and filled with a 3% formalin solution and detergent were set.
Team PitDice has enjoyed early traction with its viral marketing campaign for Pitfall Paradise in preparation for the launch of the Kickstarter.
While the realities of e-discovery can be difficult to accept, especially for those new to the exercise, failing to have an e-discovery plan in place can lead to countless (and costly) pitfalls.
Field studies at WHNCR during 2001 and 2002 produced numerous records of White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus, Swamp Antechinus Antechinus minimus and House Mouse Mus musculus using polystyrene cups as shelter in pitfall traps (Homan 2004).
Anti-X may not prevent Disease X, or you got caught by Pitfall 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10.
To increase the effective diameter of the pitfall traps, we placed two wings on either side of them (Fig.
Pearls and pitfalls in emergency radiology; variants and other difficult diagnoses.