Howl win?

June 21, 1996

The question was: "If you subtract five from 87 as many times as you can what will you get in the end? One boy answered: "I get 82 each time."

Association of University Teachers' general secretary David Triesman's anecdote is not eligible for this year's Howlers Competition, as it comes from an 11-plus examination buried mercifully deep in the ashpit of time. But you may have read something that is eligible while examining in recent weeks.

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