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By Ian Stewart   April 2006

Jobs for the boys

Five young men met once a week in the Brewer’s Elbow for a few pints. Their names were Peter David Butcher, Brian Frederick Driver, Henry Denis Farmer, Frank Percy Hunter, and Bertram Horatio Plumber. When they had first met, they had found it amusing that each man’s surname was the profession of one of the other four, but the coincidence had worn thin and they had stopped referring to it. So when Henry said “I’ve just noticed something interesting about our names,” the others reacted scathingly.

“No, not that,” protested Henry, ducking a barrage of…

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