The meaning of the word crack is extended to include holes with cusps of vanishing cusp angle. A crack is said to be simple if the associated elasticity problem has a closed-form solution. Many classes of simple cracks are constructed and solved in this two-part paper. In particular, a method of constructing very sharp cusps is described. These cusps possess not only a zero slope (zero cusp angle) but a vanishing curvature as well. In fact, a crack may be constructed in such a way that the first N derivatives are all zero.

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