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Please do NOT post your answer, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all and, in fact, nothing is.  But it is unusual.  Why?  If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way.  You must do it without coaching.
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81 comments

    1. Perhaps he doesn’t want to say “seconds” because of one of the letters in “seconds”
      Just a hunch
      Wouldn’t want to spoil anyone’s tun

  1. I think I have it. I am slow this morning. I had to read through about 4-5 times before I got it. So it took several minutes.

  2. I got it around this point: ‘It looks so ordinary’. Isn’t it fascinating how you can show you know it by writing in a similar way?

    1. Not so fascinating when it’s about the sixth such example on this thread so far.
      My aren’t we all so clever.

    2. My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine……would you like me to repeat it a few more time for you Idgy?

  3. i am so glad that i did not look at what you all said prior to trying to do it on my own. man, richard’s paragraph’s “trick” is hard to copy. it is difficult to go on writing in this way.

  4. Richard isn’t talking about grammar, but that is an option. This post is odd. I think I’m missing it. What is it? What is wrong? I don’t know! 😉

  5. Obviously I am thick. I may as well admit it. I can’t see ANYTHING wrong or unusual about it!!! Nor can my daughter who has a degree and is very clever! What are we not seeing???? :-((

    1. What aren’t you seeing in that paragraph which you’re seeing in this one? It’s easy when you read it out loud and find what’s missing.

  6. A hunger for inclusion. Oh, joy of inclusion. I lust for inclusion. Why inclusion. You must obtain inclusion. Por favor, aid a lost soul who can’t join in without difficulty.

  7. Finally I got it. It took too long, but I saw it. It’s a difficult trick to pull off if you try to copy it, particularly if you don’t want to sound odd.

  8. About Half A Second. once I read Paragraph In The First Sentence, I Knew Very Well What Was Wrong With It. I Have Seen This Before.

  9. Reminds me of a poem, with not quite the same quality:

    Eden
    The expressed geek never yells.
    Yet, even elm trees need tenderness.
    Gentle Eden sees every leer:weeds.

    (Author unknown)

  10. The thing that was is wrong with it (Friday’s paragraph) is similar thing wrong with what you can find with my writing submission.

  11. Something was familiar about it, but still took a couple of minutes and a few read-throughs for the penny to drop.

  12. My grasp of it was almost instant. But I did it by a sham, of knowing and practicing a similar trick in my past. This skill is worthy of appraisal and acclaim. Also, Marmelade!

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