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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

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In a shocking leak, the publisher of author Dan Brown's book 'Inferno' let slip to opening chapter to what has already been agreed as the follow up. Due to be released in 2014, the as yet unamed title, has the below opening...


Robert Langdon slammed his fist down on his desk in frustration. 'Why the hell cant I finish this coffee break crossword?' he thought.

He had solved the majority of the puzzle with ease however this latest clue seemed to be evading the symbology professor. For some reason he could not name the 5 letter surname of the blankety blank host from 1979-1983.

He think laterally about the problem. Blank also meant empty or vacant, which he well knew that 'Vac' had its roots in the latin word 'Vocare' meaning to empty.

Latin was an ancient Italic language originally spoken by the Italic Latins in Latium and Ancient Rome. Along with most European languages, it is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language originating in the Italian peninsula. Although it is considered a dead language, Langdon mused that many modern languages (the Romance languages) are in fact living continuations of this language

It wasn't the only word to be based in latin. Langdon mused on how many people knew a lot of latin words and had never even realised it. 'Alter Ego', 'Vice Versa' and 'Bona Fide' were well known phrases that hadn't even changed from their the ancient language origins.

Langdon recalled a lecture that he once gave on British Kings and their levels of knowledge of the language of latin. He had startled the class by entering the stage dressed as Henry the 8th, hoping to draw the students out of their clear boredom at his recent lectures.

A thought quickly entered Langdon's mind. Henry? His remarkable mind whirred with historical facts about the King - portraits, castles, wives all linked through his thought process. He then decided that the host of the famous British show was Lenny Henry, and used his Harvard Alumni pencil to write the letters in. Hang on, if that's correct, it means I was wrong about 8 across - the name of the red teletubby.

'DAMN', Langdon exclaimed loudly.

He then wept.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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