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Date: Sat, 01 Jul 1995 22:10:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Cryptic Inscription
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Cryptic inscription at Oxford: Answer

Ore stabit fortis arare placet ore stat.

O rest a bit for 'tis a rare place to rest at.

Source: writing in Oxford Today 7.2 (1995) 34, an anonymous reviewer of Reginald H. Adams, Latin In Oxford: Inscriptiones Aliquot Oxonienses states, "...others may prefer to puzzle out this inscription found on a Cherwell-side bench in Mesopotamia: 'Ore stabit fortis arare placet ore stat.'" Mesopotamia is the local name for a piece of land "between the rivers" Cherwell and Isis (Thames).

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