Damn, thanks everyone.
8- to answer your question, it's needed to hold the stencil together. You can't really curve a line past a certain point without leaving something in place to hold it together.
B- The edition was 40..
like the sencil...question: why the need for the interrupt on some of your solid lines? For example the "s" in "pants". Is that part of the design or is needed as part of holding the entire stencil together? I'm curious...