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Hmmm… Could be a sinister subplot, the significance of which we won't understand until Book Eight, but I think it's just that it's an appropriate name for both--they both have something to do with a "blank slate".
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Welcome "theblackestcat". Here are the pies. Savoury marked, as usual with the letter S. So are sweet.
I think that Muse's suggestion of the blank slate connection is most likely, but who knows? Other than JFf of course. We have a bit of a wait to find out, though. I'm getting twitchy waiting for "Shades of Grey" even though it is not Nextian.
My computer beat me at chess, but I won at kickboxing
'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland