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The author is Donald Knuth, in case you didn't catch that. Since most of these are dated from the 90's, you should probably be comparing verbosity to COBOL or PASCAL and keeping in mind this was from before the ubiquity of Linux or Python, and long before Java, Javascript, or C#.

Most of them are dated from the 2000s.

It's hard to miss that it's on Knuth's website. Just because it's published by one of the gods of computer science doesn't mean that it is code in a style that anyone should be encouraged to emulate.

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