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Rebus brain teasers use words or letters in interesting orientations to represent common phrases.

 Puzzle ID: #10994 Fun: (2.38) Difficulty: (2.73) Category: Rebus Submitted By: griphook

This is a combination Letter Equation / Rebus. Can you figure out the common saying?

480 grains of P > 5,760 grains of C

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 inudbz Mar 16, 2003 i dont get it. inudbz Mar 16, 2003 i dont get it. Codammanus Mar 16, 2003 Griphook, here used a combination of a rebus and a letter equation to "spell out" a commonly-used expression. Needless to say, HE's done it agian. Fabulous! speedyg1000 Mar 19, 2003 i never knew a grain was a unit of weight Christina0213 Mar 30, 2003 Haha! that's fantastic julip Apr 10, 2003 Apothecaries' weight: troy grains, scruples, etc. peterbradfor Apr 10, 2003 I got it. It was quite clever, but erroneous. 480 grains = 1 Apothecary ounce 437½ grains = 1 troy ounce (what we normally mean by an ounce) And 1 pound = 7000 grains. (user deleted) Apr 10, 2003 Yes, this teaser is erroneous, and the error makes it difficult to solve. The ratio of ounces to pounds is 16:1, so making it 12:1 really misleads the reader. Nice try though. electronjohn Apr 10, 2003 Another great one. Lyceum_ Apr 10, 2003 I think the saying is "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," so the ">" should be "=". Nevertheless, great teaser. (user deleted) Apr 10, 2004 I'm confuzzeled Can someone please explain it to me in english griphook Apr 10, 2004 thanks Gidgie Apr 10, 2004 Yeah, it really should have been an equals sign, but I still got it fairly quickly. Any weight references to a P and a C would give it away. Palsha Apr 11, 2004 i like this teaser griphook Apr 11, 2004 thanks sweetime Jun 20, 2005 don't suppose a hint can be added for those of us that have no idea how many anything's are in pounds and ounces, forget how many grains (i live in a metric world...) Barticus Dec 26, 2005 In Troy or Apothocaries weight, 1 ounce is 480 grains and 1 pound is 5760 grains (12 ounces). In Avoirdupois, 1 ounce is 437.5 grains and 1 pound is 7000 grains (16 ounces). BTW. "ounce" is from Latin "uncia" meaning "twelfth". bradon182001 May 04, 2009 I got it, but I'm not sure how. Fun rebus. Thanks for posting.

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