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What’s in a number, and where would we be without them?

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SillyOldDuffer11/07/2020 17:32:13
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Any advance on 53177187714? ( hILLBILLIES )

Nicholas Farr11/07/2020 20:34:27
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Hi, my apologies to Derek Lane, as I have misspelt his name in my post of 11/7/2020 15:31:58 (bottom post on page 1) maybe a moderator can correct it.

Regards Nick.

Sam Stones12/07/2020 23:07:24
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It’s likely to be a sign of our age when we can recall BBC announcers ‘on the wireless’, asking us to call Whitehall 1212 (Scotland Yard) if we wanted to report anything suspicious. I was too young at the start of WWII to understand the significance when I first heard it. I did know Billy, my friend down the road, had a secret he wouldn’t tell his mother about.

Regarding 6255456376, MichaelG, barking up the right tree as is so often the case, got it in one while allowing me a bit of chuckle time.

Other answers were coming close with ESSO.OIL and SHELL.OIL from older style upside-down calculators.

However, insomniacs and night-time clock-watchers might realise that the numbers represent the number of segments displayed for 0 to 9 in the seven bit numerals of a digital clock etc.


If sleeping doesn’t come easily, and the digital clock is in full view, what about those other number patterns? For example, 232, or 555, or 437, or 327, or 127, or … has anyone still got their 1250 or done a 252?

Well, counting sheep is so old fashioned.

Keep safe,


Nicholas Farr13/07/2020 08:30:09
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Hi Sam, the number 505 on an old style seven segment display will look the same both ways and can be interpreted as SOS which ever way up you look at it.

Regards Nick.

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