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With un­par­al­leled speed and prow­ess, Keith Brown again crossed the line well ahead of the pelo­ton to be first to cor­rectly iden­tify last week’s mys­tery item as a braille slate, used to write text to be read by blind peo­ple.

Keith says a sty­lus is used with the slate to make the ap­pro­pri­ate in­den­ta­tions in each square for dif­fer­ent let­ters. Blind read­ers can then read by mov­ing their fin­ger­tips over the bumps cre­ated by pok­ing the sty­lus through the pa­per. Blind French scholar Louis Braille de­rived the sys­tem from an early form of mil­i­tary night writ­ing in the 19th cen­tury.

Those who an­swered cor­rectly in­clude Arthur Sale, Bob Nichols, Pe­ter Walker, Hugh Boughton, Anna-Christina Lees, Elke Wal­ter and Sharon Kranz, Gail Oakes, Cathy Jenk­ins and Ste­wart Ed­wards.

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