Word Ways

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Mysterious Precognitions


Martin Gardner


Select any of the ten words in the first verse of Genesis. Count the number of letters in the word you choose. For example, suppose you select BEGINNING which has nine letters. Count ahead nine words, starting with the next word in the text, which brings you to THE, the second word of verse 2. This word has three letters, so you count ahead three more words to end on WITHOUT.