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mecca (MEK-uh) noun

A place regarded as a center of some activity or one that many people visit.

[After Mecca, a city in western Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Muhammad, and a place of pilgrimage for Muslims.]

"The battlefield was my Mecca, and I dreamed about a trip there to see where those soldiers had made the ultimate sacrifice." Robert Lee Hodge, The New Battle for Gettysburg is to Save This Historic Shrine, America's Civil War (Leesburg) Jul 2001.

Some of the most popular weeks in AWAD are when the theme isn't disclosed at the start. Instead, readers are challenged to discover the common thread among the words. Each day's word brings another clue to unravel the hidden theme. I'm afraid this week's puzzle is too easy, so I am not inviting you to email your answers. Instead, try to find the pattern and wait for Friday's word to arrive with the answer. -Anu


If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet and philosopher (1772-1834)

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