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In a message dated 3/12/01 5:09:44 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
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> The idea was that although there isn't a fixed number of shapes, there was a 
> fixed number of shape-combinations. That is, one country can be limited by 
> one country (say, the Vatican for example), by two countries, three, etc. 
> Each type of combination and situation can then be used in combination with 
> other combinations, which altogether apparently lead to about 1200 possible 
> 

But this is what I'm trying to ask Steve--how they arrived at 1200...if this 
is what he means by "gazillions."

pat

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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT  SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial Narrow" LANG="0"><B>In a message dated 3/12/01 5:09:44 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
<BR>[log in to unmask] writes:
<BR>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0"></B>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#0000ff" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="arial" LANG="0"><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">The idea was that although there isn't a fixed number of shapes, there was a 
<BR>fixed number of shape-combinations. That is, one country can be limited by 
<BR>one country (say, the Vatican for example), by two countries, three, etc. 
<BR>Each type of combination and situation can then be used in combination with 
<BR>other combinations, which altogether apparently lead to about 1200 possible 
<BR>configurations of countries you can theoretically have</BLOCKQUOTE>
<BR></FONT><FONT  COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial Narrow" LANG="0"><B>
<BR>But this is what I'm trying to ask Steve--how they arrived at 1200...if this 
<BR>is what he means by "gazillions."
<BR>
<BR>pat</B></FONT></HTML>

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