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On the Frontispiece in volume 1 of Nicholas Rowe's 1709 edition
of _The Works of Mr. William Shakespeare_ there is:

1) A laurel wreath behind the "head" of Shakespeare
2) A horn (coronet?) on it's head with it's
"double READ" pointing to the number 53
of the Stratford Monument.
(See p. 193 of Matus' _Shakespeare In Fact_.)
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the word "BACON" is given explicitly on page 53 of:
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The Comedies: The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 4, Scene 1

Mistress Quickly 'Hang-hog' is Latin for BACON, I warrant you.
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The Histories: 1 King Henry IV, Act 2, Scene 1

Second Carrier I have a gammon of BACON and two razors of ginger,
to be DEliVEREd as far as Charing-cross.
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and implicitly on page 53 of:
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The Tragedies: [which starts _Romeo & Juliet_]

Enter Sampson and Gregory, with {Sw}ords and (B)[uck]lers,
of the {H}ouse of (Ca)[p]ulet.
Samps(on).
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<<Francis Bacon was created Viscount St. Alban on 3rd February 1621,
shortly after his sixtieth birthday. Thanking King James, Bacon told him
that:-

This is now the eighth time that your Majesty hath raised me... the
eighth rise or reach, a diapason in music, even a good number and accord
for a close. And so I may without superstition be buried in St. Alban's
habit or vestment.

'The eight in music,' Bacon wrote elsewhere1, 'is the sweetest
concord'; but perhaps he had a premonition of what lay ahead, for he
also noted that 'Swans are said at the approach of their own death to
chant sweet melancholy dirges'. Within a few weeks, without notice, he
was falsely accused in Parliament of taking bribes, impeached, stripped
of his office and sentenced to a crushing fine. Obeying the command of
the King, as demanded by his oath, Bacon did not defend himself but
pleaded guilty to the empty charges. In the notes of his interview with
the King he refers to himself as being both as innocent as any born upon
St. Innocent's Day and an oblation or sacrifice to his Majesty.

Interestingly the original St. Alban, who lived at Verulamium, had
been martyred by his Emperor. Bacon's country (and family) estate,
Gorhambury, stretched over the site of the Roman town of Verulamium,
after which Bacon had been given his first title, Baron Verulam of
Verulam. But it was in reference to the saint that Bacon was given his
second, higher title, and from that time on he commonly signed himself
Francis St. Alban or Fr. St. Alban. It was a unique title, referring to
a person (saint) rather than a place, and has profound implications.

St. Alban (Albanus), besides being reputed by the Church as the first
Christian martyr in Britain, is claimed by Freemasonry in their Legend
of the Craft as the founder of Freemasonry in England. He was reputedly
born in the 3rd century ad, in Hertfordshire, near Verulamium, went to
Rome as a young man where he served as a soldier under the Emperor
Diocletian, and then returned to Verulamium in the company of
Amphibalus, a Christian, by whom he was taught. When the persecution of
Christians commenced, Amphibalus was sought after but was helped to
escape by Albanus, who donned his preceptor's cloak and gave himself up
to the soldiers instead. After being imprisoned and tortured, Albanus'
real identity was discovered. Amphibalus was also found, and both
suffered martyrdom for being Christians. The Abbey church of St. Albans
was later erected over the site where St. Alban's body had been
interred.

Freemasonry adds to this story. Its legend, collected from several
sources and embellished over the course of several centuries, declares
that Masonry flourished in Britain since before the time of the Druids,
and that during the Roman rule lodges and conventions were regularly
held. However, continual wars reduced Masonry to a low ebb. It was then
that Masonry was reintroduced into England by St. Amphibal, a Christian
monk, and first communicated to St. Alban, who was a knight.

The story goes that when Carausius revolted from the Roman Emperor
Maximilian and set himself up as the Emperor of Britain, he employed St.
Alban to environ the city of Verulam with a wall and to build for him a
splendid palace. To reward his diligence in executing these works, the
Emperor Carausius appointed St. Alban as Steward of his household and
chief ruler, after himself, of the realm. He also made St. Alban the
paymaster and Governor of the King's (Emperor's) works. Then, in order
to make himself and his government acceptable to the people of Britain,
Carausius assumed the character of a Mason and raised the Masons to the
first rank as his favourites, appointing St. Alban as the Principal
Superintendent of their assemblies. St. Alban gave the fraternity the
Charges and Manners as St. Amphibal had taught him (i.e. framed for them
a constitution), assisted them in making Masons, treated them with
great kindness and increased their pay. Later on, in the year AD 287,
Carausius granted the Masons a charter and commanded Albanus to preside
over them as Grand Master.

According to the Masonic record, which until recently has been
largely accepted as historically accurate, St. Alban was martyred in the
year AD 303. Modern scholarship, however, has convincingly shown that
the historical St. Alban was martyred on 22nd June 209 by Geta, eldest
son of the Emperor Severus, when they visited Britain AD 208-9. It is
also clear that St. Alban was certainly never a knight (knighthood was a
chivalric honour invented much later in history), nor the steward of an
emperor's household and chief ruler (after the emperor) of the realm,
and that Amphibalus is a personification of the ecclesiastical cloak,
amphibalum, which St. Alban donned (just as St. Veronica is a
personification of Christ's true image imprinted on the handkerchief
which covered his face).

However, the strange elements of the story, when applied
allegorically to the later St. Alban--Viscount St. Alban--fit like a
glove. Sir Francis Bacon was a knight and he was also St. Alban--Viscount
St. Alban, who wore the cloak or 'vestment' (amphibalum) of St. Alban.
He served a King, James Stewart of Scotland, who was considered by many
Englishmen to be a usurper of the throne of England, and who was the
first to bear the title of Emperor of Great Britain. Lord St. Alban was
his faithful 'steward' and proxy chief ruler of the realm. The
'continual wars' which reduced Masonry to a low ebb were the many
centuries of foreign wars, the civil wars (romantically named the Wars
of the Roses) and religious persecution. Moreover, King James did
support the Masons in the manner described, and it was in his reign that
Freemasonry became established (or
revived) in Britain. The 'palace' which St. Alban (Bacon) built for him
was a temple of learning, a temple of light, constructed by Bacon's
'fraternity in learning and illumination':-

And surely, as nature createth brotherhood in families, and arts
mechanical contract brotherhoods in commonalities, and the anointment of
God superinduceth a brotherhood in kings and bishops; so in like manner
there cannot but be a fraternity in learning and illumination, relating
to that paternity which is attributed to God, who is called the Father
of illuminations or lights.

Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Part 2 (1605).

I have held up a light in the obscurity of Philosophy, which will be
seen centuries after I am dead. It will be seen amidst the erection of
tombs, theatres, foundations, temples, of Orders and fraternities for
nobility and obedience -- the establishment of good laws as an example to
the world. For I am not raising a capitol or pyramid to the pride of
men, but laying a foundation in the human understanding for a holy
temple after the model of the world.

Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Bk II.

Such a temple is a temple of the Holy Spirit, the 'house Sanctus
Spiritus', his method the 'perfect Method of all Arts', his Natural
History the Librum Naturae, and his fraternity in learning and
illumination the 'Fraternity of the Rosie Cross' mentioned in the famous
Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, or Discovery of the Brotherhood of the
most laudable Order of the Rosie Cross. In his New Atlantis Bacon, who
was called 'Solomon', calls his temple the House of Solomon or College
of the Six Days' Work (i.e. of Creation), founded by Solamona (Solomon)
and comprised of a society of philosopher-priests whose badge is a red
cross and who maintained a secrecy or invisibility from the world at
large. Robert Boyle, writing in 1646-7, referred to the College as the
'Invisible College' or 'Philosophical College'.

According to the Freemason's Guide and Compendium, the modern history
of English Freemasonry starts with the record of Elias Ashmole's
admittance into Freemasonry in 1646, although it is recognised that
speculative as well as operative Freemasonry existed in England long
before this. Moreover, artefacts exist showing that the Royal Arch
Degree as well as the basic Craft Degrees existed in the time of Queen
Elizabeth I.

The Shakespeare plays, besides being authored by Francis Bacon and
signed with the above two cipher signatures, are full of Masonic
symbolism, meanings and words. The founding (or refounding) of the Grand
Lodge of Freemasons took place in 1716, the centenary of the actor
William Shakspere's death. In 1773, the centenary of the publication of
the Shakespeare Folio of plays, modern Freemasonry emerged into the open
with the publication of The Book of Constitutions of the Free-masons.
Also in the same year was published the Benson Medley edition of
Shakespeare's Sonnets, the title page headpiece of which depicts the
symbols of the higher degrees of Freemasonry. 100 is the cabalistic
cipher of 'Francis Bacon'.>>
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Thomas PLATTer (b.1574) of

[BA]sle [C]ant[ON]
[BACON] latens:
(Latin present participle of lateō) lurking, skulking, hiding

[BASL]e c[ANT]on
[ST. ALBAN] once
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http://195.167.241.43/globe/education/distancelearning/distancelearni...
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<<In (1909) a series of remarkable documents concerning the Globe
came to light. In the German-language journal of English philology,
Anglia, Dr. Gustav Binz published excerpts from a traveler's
account of a visit to England in 1599. Thomas PLATTer
(b.1574), a Swiss of [BA]sle [C]ant[ON], had written:
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On September 21st after lunch, about two o'clock, I and my party
crossed the water, and there in the house with the thatched
roof witnessed an excellent performance of the tragedy of
the 1st Emperor JC with a cast of some *15 people* ....>>
. (Schanzer, "PLATTer's Observations" 466-7)
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Twain's Baconiana: _Is Shakespeare Dead?_ (1909)
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http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/16century/topic_4/tplatt...
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Thomas Platter, a native of Basel, visited England in 1599. The
following excerpt from his diary, translated from the German,
describes the many popular amusements and spectacles to be
witnessed in Elizabethan London. (~8112 letters)
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T[He]re are a great many [I]nns, taverns, and
bee[R]-gardens scatt(E)red [A]bout the city,
where [M]uch amusement {m}ay b(E) had with eating, drinking,
fiddling, {a}nd the rest, as for instance in our hostel{r}y,
which was visited by players almost da{i}ly. And what is
pa[r]ticularly curious is t{h}at the women as w[e]ll as the men, in
fact more often than they, [w]ill frequent the taverns or ale-houses
f[o]r enjoyment. They count it a great honour [t]o be taken there
and given wine with sugar to drink; and if one woman only is
invited, then she will bring three or four other women along and
they gaily toast each other; the husband afterwards thanks him who
has given his wife such pleasure, for they deem it a real kindness.
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_________ <= 17 =>

. T {H e} r e a r e a g r e a t m a n
. y [I] n n s,t a v e r n s, a n d b e
. e [R] g a r d e n s s c a t t (E) r e
. d [A] b o u t t h e c i t y,w h e r
. e [M] u c h a m u s e m e n t {M} a y
. b (E) h a d w i t h e a t i n g, d r
. i n k i n g,f i d d l i n g {A} n d
. t h e r e s t,a s f o r i n s t a
. n c e i n o u r h o s (T) e l {R} y,w
. h i c h w a s v i s i (T) e d b y p
. l a y e r s a l m o s (T) d a {I} l y.
. A n d w h a t i s p a [R] t i c u l
. a r l y c u r i o u s i s t {H} a t
. t h e w o m e n a s w [E] l l a s t
. h e m e n,i n f a c t m o r e o f
. t e n t h a n t h e y [W] i l l f r
. e q u e n t t h e t a v e r n s o
. r a l e-h o u s e s f [O] r e n j o
. y m e n t.T h e y c o u n t i t a
. g r e a t h o n o u r [T] o b e t a
. k e n t h e r e a n d g i v e n

- wine with sugar to drink;

[HIRAM(E)] 17
{HIRAM(E)} -34
[TOWER] -34
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*RAM(E)* : To complain; moan; weep, cry.
[From Northern Middle English ramen ("to cry out, scream"),
. from Old English *hrāmian ("to scream")]
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*RAM(E)* : (Dutch) singular present subjunctive of ramen.
. To guess, reckon
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Amphibalus of Verulam M (June 24/Oxford's death)
http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/0624.htm

<<Died c. 304. The original acta of Saint Alban say only that the
protomartyr put on the (CLO-AKE / amphibalus) of the priest, was
arrested in his stead, and was martyred. Geoffrey of Monmouth
took the word amphibalus as the name of the priest. Thus,
in later versions of the story, the priest is martyred
with or just after Saint Alban (Benedictines).>>
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Alban of Great Britain M (June 22)
http://users.erols.com/saintpat/ss/0622.htm#alba

<<3rd or 4th century. There were probably already Christians in
the British Isles in the first century. In fact, by the end of the
second century a great many of the inhabitants of southern England
were Christians. However, Alban is the first recorded Christian
martyr of the island. The traditional date of his death is 304,
during the persecution under the Emperor Diocletian; but many
scholars now date it as early as 209, during the persecution under
the Emperor Septimus Severus. This date was derived from a study
of the Turin manuscript of a Passio Albani.

The first known reference to him, outside the Turin manuscript,
is in the 5th century life of Saint Germanus of Auxerre.
Gildas, writing c. 540, gives the core of the
tradition. Saint Bede gives an amplified account,
which includes a lively description of the
beheading and more details of signs from heaven.

Alban was a pagan, supposed to have been a Roman soldier, who,
during the persecution of Diocletian, took pity on a fleeing
Christian priest and sheltered him in his own home. When he saw
that the priest spent day and night in prayer, he was moved by the
grace of God. They spent several days talking together and Alban
was so impressed by the priest's sanctity and devotion that he
became a Christian and wanted to imitate the piety and faith of his
guest. Encouraged and instructed by the priest, Alban renounced
his idol worship and embraced Christ with his whole heart.

He was a leading citizen in the old Roman city of Verulamium
(Verulam), Hertfordshire, England, now called Saint Albans. The
town was originally a collection of huts of wattle and daub that
stretched along Watling Street, and later destroyed by the army of
Boadicea, the warrior queen.

The story continues that the Roman governor of the city, hearing a
rumor that a priest was hiding in the house of Alban, sent a search
party of soldiers to find him. Seeing them approach, Alban took
the priest's cloak and put it over his own head and shoulders, and
helped him to escape. Thus disguised, Alban opened the door to the
soldiers and was arrested in mistake for the priest. He was bound
in fetters and brought before the governor, who was attending a
sacrifice to the pagan gods. When the cloak was removed and his
true identity was discovered, the governor was furious. He then
declared himself to be a Christian, whereupon the governor angrily
ordered him to be taken before the altar. He was threatened with
all the tortures that had been prepared for the priest if he did
not recant.

Alban faced his anger calmly and, ignoring his threats, declared
that he could not sacrifice to the gods. Upon Alban's refusal to
deny his faith, the governor enquired of what family and race he
was. "How can it concern you to know of what stock I am?" answered
Alban. "If you want to know my religion, I will tell you--I am a
Christian, and am bound by Christian obligations." When asked his
name, he replied: "I am called Alban by my parents, and I worship
and adore the true and living God, who created all things." He was
then commanded to sacrifice to the Roman gods, but he refused and
was cruelly scourged. Alban bore the punishment with resignation,
even joy. When it was seen that he could not be prevailed upon to
retract, he was sentenced to decapitation.

On the way to his execution on Holmhurst Hill, the crowds that
gathered to honor his heroism were so great that his passage was
delayed because they could not reach the bridge over the river.
Alban, who seemed to fear that any delay might deprive him of the
martyr's crown, decided to cross at another point, and going down
to the water's edge he prayed to God and stepped into the river
which he then forded without difficulty. Both Gildas and Bede have
accepted the tradition that this was a miracle and that the waters
dried up completely in answer to the saint's prayer.

They add that a thousand other people crossed over with him, while
the waters piled up on either side, and that this miracle converted
the appointed executioner. Still accompanied by a huge throng of
people, Alban climbed the hill to the place of execution. But, on
his arrival there, the executioner threw down his sword and refused
to perform his office. He said that if he were not allowed to take
Alban's place then he would share his martyrdom. Confessing
himself to be a Christian, the soldier was replaced by another.
Then he took his stand beside Alban, and they faced death together.
Alban was beheaded first, then the soldier was baptized in his own
blood to share the glory of martyrdom. The third martyr was the
priest, who when he learned that Alban had been arrested in his
place, hurried to the court in the hope of saving Alban by turning
himself in.

According to Bede, the governor was so impressed by the miracles
that followed Alban's martyrdom that he immediately ended the
persecutions, and Bede states that these miracles were still
occurring in his lifetime at the intercession of England's
protomartyr.

On the hill where these martyrdoms took place a church was later
erected, and, 400 years later, Offa, the king of Mercia, founded on
the same site the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Albans. According to
Constantius of Lyons, Saint Germanus of Auxerre, at the end of a
mission to England to combat the Pelagian heresy, chose the Church
of Saint Alban as the place in which to thank God for the success
of his mission. He brought back from England a handful of earth
from the place where Alban, the soldier, and the priest were
martyred.

The Proto-Martyr of England is portrayed in art as a warrior with
a cross and shield. He may be depicted:

(1) crowned with laurel;
(2) with a peer's coronet, holding a crossing;
(3) with his head cut off;
(4) with his head in a holly bush;
(5) spreading his cloak under the sun; or
(6) as his executioner's eye drops out.

Alban is especially venerated in Saint Albans and Angers>>.
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Art Neuendorffer
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On Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:03:21 AM UTC-4, Arthur Neuendorffer (aka Noonedafter) wrote:

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On the Frontispiece in volume 1 of Nicholas Rowe's 1709 edition
1) A laurel wreath behind the "head" of Shakespeare
2) A horn (coronet? [sic!])
Is English your native tongue, Art? A coronet is *not* a horn. A coronet is a crown or garland; the coronet of an Earl looks like this:

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What you *may* be thinking (usual disclaimer) of is a _cornet_, not a coronet; a cornet is a musical instrument that looks like this:

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Post by Arthur Neuendorffer
on it's [sic]
Is English your native tongue, Art?
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head with it's [sic]
Is English your native tongue, Art?
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"double READ [sic]"
Is English your native tongue, Art?

Incidentally, Art, a cornet is a *brass* instrument; it doesn't have the double reed (or even the "double read [sic]") that is a feature of various woodwind instruments, among them the shawm, the oboe, the English horn, and the bassoon. Indeed, a cornet has no reed (or "read [sic]") at all.

Is this the image you have in mind (such as it is), Art?

<https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-first-illustrated-works-of-shakespeare-edited-by-nicholas-rowe-1709>

If so, then it contains no cornet.

What you may be thinking (usual disclaimer) of is the bassoon, which is a double reed (not "double read [sic]") instrument. It is also an anagram of "Ass-boon", doubtless one of Oxford's nicknames for Orazio Cogno.
Post by Arthur Neuendorffer
pointing to the number 53
of the Stratford Monument.
(See p. 193 of Matus' _Shakespeare In Fact_.)
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The Comedies: The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 4, Scene 1
Mistress Quickly 'Hang-hog' is Latin for BACON, I warrant you.
You are a VERy slow learner, Art! As I already pointed out, if the edition that you have in mind (what's left of it, at any rate) is the Nicholas Rowe collection of 1709, Art, then you can check for yourself by a Google Books search that the quotation from Mistress Quickly above occurs on page 171, *not* on page 53:

<https://books.google.com/books?id=uSIgAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=hang-hog&f=false>

Are you utterly incapable of eVER getting *anything* right, Art?! Or do you just believe any old lunacy that you read (usual disclaimer) at nutcase web sites? Or are you doing a remarkably faithful Elizabeth Weird parody?

What is especially remarkable is that this delusion of yours has *already* been refuted, yet you continue posting the *same demonstrably untenable idiotic crap* oVER and oVER and oVER! It's a lot like your triumphant gloss of _тæрин_ as Russian for "youth", an idiocy that you repeated oVER and oVER *after* it had been decisively refuted, or your misattribution of Wordsworth's poem "The Idiot Boy" to Coleridge, an idiocy that h.l.a.s.'s resident Idiot Boy repeated oVER and oVER and oVER *after* it had been decisively debunked. It is also reminiscent of your ludicrous claims that Prince Albert and Mary Wollstonecraft were born on May 26, a bogus "fact" that is trivial for anyone literate to demolish, claims that you repeated oVER and oVER *after* they had *already been shown to be false*!

What possible explanation can there be for such aberrant behavior, Art?! Do you really think (usual disclaimer), like Trump, that it makes you look intelligent (or even marginally competent) to double down and repeat oVER and oVER "facts" that eVERyone *knows* are false, whose mendacity is so trivial to check that even a child could do it, and that indeed have already been *shown* to be false in a public venue?! Or are you merely as incompetent a liar as Trump is?

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Thomas PLATTer (b.1574) of
[BA]sle [C]ant[ON]
That's not an equidistant letter sequence, Art -- as usual. In fact, it isn't even close.

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*RAM(E)* : (Dutch) singular present subjunctive of ramen.
. To guess, reckon
You appear to be confusing two distinct Dutch VER-BS, Art -- _ramen_ means to calculate or to estimate, while _raden_ means to guess, to speculate, or to advise (there is some oVERlap in "to apprOXimate").

But that's pretty close for you -- it isn't as farcical as _тæрин_ as Russian for "youth", _vier_ as Spanish for "four", _bona_ as Slovak for "ass", etc. Hint: _Vier_ is not a Spanish word at all; it is German. Nor is _тæрин_ a Russian word; it is Ossetian. And, while _bona_ is a Slovak word, it does *not* mean "ass" -- it means a goVERness or female tutor in a private household. The Slovak word for "ass" (the animal) is _osol_ or _somár_, while "ass" in the sense of an illiterate Alexandria boob who can neVER get anything right (and keeps posting the same idiocies oVER and oVER and oVER) is _hlupák_.

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