Question about writing "and"

So I noticed in some of the older speed competition photocopies that "and" was written identically to the "a" dot. I don't know if this is an invention by those in the speed competitions to give them an edge or if it's maybe a pre-anniversary convention. Nonetheless, I've begun to use it because I seem to confuse the the traditional "nd" blend used to write "and" with other things that look very similar because it's such an easy stroke to just carelessly slash across the page at high speed (think: "and at the end, there are.."). But when using the dot, it can only be one of two things "and" or "a/an." I was just wondering where this came from and if anyone else uses it.

(by Stan for everyone)

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