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Pg 124 from 2nd edition where this code is pulled (emphasis mine):

"[T]he programs are intended to be illustrative, not bullet-proof, there are significant restrictions on dcl."

In context this code illustrates the points they're trying to convey about complicated declarations quite well and is a precursor to understanding typedef later in the book.

Also, you left the nice inline comments off the variable declaration block.

I would like to see where typedef could have been used?

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