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MoonMan:
If any one feels the urge to have a compass with 40 points, these may be obtained from Islamic Bookshops: they are cheap & mass-produced, & come with a little booklet that tells the user on which number to let Fred sit in, so that 00 or 40 points towards  the Kaaba in Mecca. Great Circle Course. The 360 is 30 dozen, arrived at by finger counting up to five dozen on one hand, then in 60s on the other. 6 times 60. Counting joints rather than digits can open up the field for finger counting.

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