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    Th polic w r call d last night to th print rs of R ading's pr mie r gossip-sh t, Th Gadfly, wh r it was discov r d a gang of type thi v s had mad off with th ir ntir stock of ''s. Polic w r initially baffl d by th th ft until n ws of a similar th ft involving th whol sal purloinm nt of th l tt rs A, B, C and D was r port d from Byfl t. 'I think,' said DCI Palatino, 'that I can s a patt rn b ginning to m rg .' Archibald Fatquack, ditor of Th Gadfly, would not l t th th ft halt publication of his v n rabl organ and d clar d: 'It's busin ss as usual!.

    ---from Th Gadfly, 1 S pt mb r 1995

    From 'Th Big Ov r asy' by Jasp r Fford , via gang rh.

    April 22, 2008

  • You missed one :)

    April 22, 2008

  • I extend my sympathies to Archibald Fatquack and his venerable organ.

    April 22, 2008

  • Oh, and you missed at least two. :)

    April 22, 2008

  • You're right, of course, p & p! There are two e's in the piece. I didn't notice when I was reading the book, but I did when I was typing it. Why would that be do you think? Could it be -

    1. Proofreader error,

    2. Deliberate insertion for a further layer of absurdity that we're missing, or

    3. Something elseotherwise?

    April 22, 2008