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Can You Find the Error?

I had fun creating this evil thing this morning:

Image with red background and white text. The text says, "Nine out of 10 people will miss the the error. Can you spot the error?" and it lists a line of text above that: "A9 B8 C7 D6 E5 F4 G3 H2 I1" The answer to this quiz is a trick answer. There is an extra "the" in the question. Did you catch it?

Leave me a comment below to let me know how you did. I tested this on my wife this morning, and she spent about five minutes studying it before I finally had to tell her the answer. And she’s no dummy.

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Dave Baker

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Hi, I’m Dave Baker, founder and copy chief of Super Copy Editors. I have more than 25 years of professional proofreading and copy editing experience, including work for The Nation magazine, The New York Times, and The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, where I shared two staff Pulitzer Prizes. At Super Copy Editors, we’re passionate about helping agencies, marketing teams, and education companies refine and polish their text to give them confidence and ensure success. Learn more here.


  1. Martyn V. Halm
    September 5, 2012

    I think I found the error, but if I post it here, that would kind of spoil it for others…

    1. Super Copy Editors
      September 5, 2012

      Good point. Here is the answer:



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