# Blog Archives

## The answer

Here’s the answer to the question posted in a previous blog:

Jack, where John had had “had”, had had “had had”. “Had had” had had the teacherâ€™s approval.

**Tangentially…**

Coming home on the bus one day this week, I had a blinding flash of inspiration. This one’s for John R, who prefers computation to punctuation.

Add up the vital statistics of the answer given above:

Number of words: | 17 |

Number of punctuation marks: | 11 |

Number of “had”s: | 11 |

Number of capital letters: | 3 |

Total: |
42 |

So, in an awesomely insignificant way, the answer to the question is 42. As indeed it should be.

(Please note that this calculation uses base 10, not base 13.)