Thirteenth stroke of the clock or thirteen strikes of the clock is a phrase saying and proverb to indicate that the previous events or strokes to the clock must be called into question. Clocks dont strike thirteen they strike twelve and then start over at one strike so if one hears a clock strike thirteen times it should indicate something is wrong with the clock and that not only can it not be trusted now but who knows how long before it struck thirteen it became untrustworthy. Something to get you in the mood for halloween yep this series of short stories is ideal for this time of the year as with many collections like this some are rather good and others less so. When england was young its clocks often struck 24 hours we know this because of evidence left by an extraordinary little boy was born to a blacksmith in wallingford a boy who grew up to be a celebrated mathematician. Penny parker girl detective does it again in this novel with the intriguing title the clock literally strikes thirteen inspiring some curiosity in our intrepid penny
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