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Q: Puzzle ( Answered,   4 Comments )
Subject: Puzzle
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: cyndi-ga
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Posted: 26 Aug 2002 12:19 PDT
Expires: 25 Sep 2002 12:19 PDT
Question ID: 58702
Study this paragraph and all things in it.  What is vitally wrong with it?
Actually, nothing in it is wrong, but you must admit that it is most
unusual.  Don't just zip through it quickly, but study it scrupulously.
With luck you should spot what is so particular about it and all words
found in it.  Can you say what it is?  Tax your brains and try again.  Don't
miss a word or symbol.  It isn't all that difficult.
Subject: Re: Puzzle
Answered By: paul_b_18-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:24 PDT

I see what's special about it: You have two spaces after each dot (at
the end of a sentence) instead of one.

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Clarification of Answer by paul_b_18-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:44 PDT
...and of course it's also special that you have no letter 'e' in it ;-) 
So basically two things.

Subject: Re: Puzzle
From: pinkfreud-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:26 PDT
There is no instance of the letter "E" in your paragraph. This is most unusual.
Subject: Re: Puzzle
From: deadlychiapet-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:27 PDT
In days past it was common practice to use two spaces after each
sentence when using a typewriter...

What's unusual about the paragraph is that no word in it contains the
letter 'e'.
Subject: Re: Puzzle
From: pinkfreud-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:42 PDT
A paragraph such as the one abovem which eschews the use of a certain
letter, is called a lipogram.

An entire novel was once written without the use of the letter "E":

But of course this book could not be described as a "novel" on the
frontispiece without violating its own rule of exclusion!
Subject: Re: Puzzle
From: pinkfreud-ga on 26 Aug 2002 12:44 PDT
Oops. For "abovem," above, please substitute "above" and a comma. 



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