We’ve seen (and committed) plenty of copy-editing mistakes. But the copy editor of page 21 of today’s Express takes the cake for most mistakes in a single less-than-fifty-word blurb. See if you can make any sense of it:
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That garbled mess inexplicably appeared next to a small picture of Jackie Chan. Only one word comes to mind: redunkculous (copy desk: Can you spell check that?).