From a book I just read about hostages in Colombia:
"If a rescue attempt came, we’d have a couple minutes head start."
An apostrophe is missing after the word "minutes." This is a tricky use of apostrophes, but if you imagine the sentence says "a minute," wouldn't you automatically say "a minute's head start"? Yes, so in the plural it should be minutes'.
Sometimes you can avoid an apostrophe by using "of" instead, but it doesn't work here.You would have to reword:
"a two-minute head start"
It does work here:
I have ten years' experience.
I have ten years of experience.
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