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However one might choose to shift and squeeze the letters left and right, it used to be that the one thing you usually could never avoid in a finite ambigram was that the first letter would have to meet the last letter. The first inkling of the new technique that would defy this limitation was in a subtle detail of what I did for the Catalanos: By borrowing up and down among stacked lines, it is possible to put the perceived beginning and end in different places, and generally change the order in which strokes have to be paired. This idea soon proved indispensible for numerous subsequent commissions such as this.