The $n$-grid $E_n$ consists of $n$ equally spaced points in $[-1,1]$ including the endpoints $\pm 1$. The extremal polynomial $p_n^*$ is the polynomial that maximizes the uniform norm $\| p \|_{[-1,1]}$ among polynomials $p$ of degree $\leq \alpha n$ that are bounded by one on $E_n$. For every $\alpha \in (0,1)$, we determine the limit of $\frac{1}{n} \log \| p_n^*\|_{[-1,1]}$ as $n \to \infty$. The interest in this limit comes from a connection with an impossibility theorem on stable approximation on the $n$-grid.

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