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My former poetry professor called Jaskier an "untalented beginner."

Just like Geralt of Rivia, the real-life poet laureate of Vermont thinks that the bard Jaskier's music from The Witcher is like ordering a pie only to find that there's no filling. Jaskier may be the equivalent of a mediocre pop star on the Continent, but in terms of straightforward poetry here in the real world, his lyrics leave something to be desired.

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The Witcher blog Redanian Intelligence initially noted a WGA crediting the show's staff writer Beau DeMayowith's upcoming work on a project called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, and Netflix confirmed Wednesday via the NX Twitter account that an anime film of that same name was in development.

How exactly will the "anime film" complement the show? Will it include the same characters from the show and the same cast? When will it be available to stream? Are there any books or stories from author Andrzej Sapkowski that it might borrow from? And most importantly, what's the release date for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf?

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To test the efficacy of the pill, women were enrolled in studies and instructed to take their pill at the same time every day.

About one-third of women using contraception use the pill. But how effective is it?

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While most evidence about pill effectiveness relates to the combined pill, both pill types are quoted as being 93 percent effective in typical use and 99.5 percent effective in perfect use.

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