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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 teacher’s approval.


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

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.)

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