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  • n. An underground conduit, between vertical shafts, that leads water from the interior of a hill to villages in the valley; a qanat.


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  • That familiarity with word origins helped him spell the Arabic-based word "foggara" — meaning an ancient water-supply system - during the second preliminary round, helping him qualify for the semifinals.

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  • "The combination of their slave-acquisition activities and their mastery of foggara irrigation technology enabled the Garamantes to enjoy a standard of living far superior to that of any other ancient Saharan society," says archaeologist Andrew Wilson of the University of Oxford, who has been surveying the foggara system.

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  • Anamika, who tied for fifth in her debut last year, kept both hands behind her back as she rattled off "exacerbate" and "foggara."

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