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Novice Skier

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For each blank select ONE entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill ALL blanks in the way that best completes the text.

For the novice skier, learning to stop oneself while hurtling downhill at breakneck speeds with the "wedge" -- placing the front tips of the skis together to form a giant letter V -- is a(n)

that provides a safety net and peace of mind on a mountain crowded with experts and daredevils.