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Those mysterious items Ansible is supposedly available for ...

It started as an idle joke in 1995, when I began to brighten up the masthead by putting in strange trade goods or services which could supposedly be bartered for Ansible. Now it's an expected tradition, and I struggle to think of something offbeat for this feature's vast following (Chip Hitchcock) to track down with infallible precision. Explanations appear here after a suitable interval, usually by the time of the next issue. Omitted issues had nothing cryptic in the masthead, at least according to me. David Langford