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Happy fourths

I read Joseph Laredo’s ‘Weakest link’ letter in issue 114, and I find myself in agreement with the author – in that my fourth fingers are engaged in no lesser way than my third fingers. I am curious to understand why it is commonly believed the fourth digit is incapable of achieving less than the

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