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Connecting the dots

Posted by Ward Fredericks on April 09, 2004

As the 9-11 hearings continue here in the States, we are again hearing the phrase -- 'connecting the dots'. This phrase seems to utilize the metaphor of the old kids puzzles where there would be a bunch of numbered dots on a page. The child would draw a line from one number to the next in number sequence and a picture would emerge from the previous chaos.
Are these puzzles and the use of them common elsewhere in the English speaking world?