Pop Quiz: When Does Lent Begin?

Is the “Friday after Ash Wednesday” the same as the “Friday of the First Week of Lent”? I ask because my breviary makes the distinction. It suggests to me that Lent does not begin for a couple of more days. Am I correct in my assumption? I know there has been much work done in trying to count and figure out when Lent begins and whether or not to include Sundays during Lent and such, but the distinction made in my breviary seems telling to me. Can anyone shed some light on the issue?

If you answer said question(s) correctly you will gain an office in the famous ivory tower located somewhere between the theology department and the philosophy department.

Personally, I have no idea. I asked Mark Shea, and he plainly stated in the email reply, “I’m afraid I don’t know. Sorry!”