Magnificent SevenRiddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.
Eight and five, last name and given,
We are one six six six even;
The first in cow, the last in oxen
Three in damsel, three in vixen.
Question: What are we called?
HintOne of five, I the only one,
One in cat, two in mitten,
Two are odd, five are even
Seven in all, one in seven.
Explanation of the riddle:
The last name has eight letters (NUMERALS) while the first or given name has five (ROMAN).
Using each of the numerals once gives MDCLXVI, which is 1,666.
C ( which is found in Cow) is first of the seven in the alphabet while X ( which is found in oXen) is last.
Three of seven are found in DaMseL. Three are also found in VIXen.
Explanation of the hint:
I is the only one of five vowels among the seven Roman numerals.
C is found in Cat, M and I in MItten.
I and V are odd numbers. The rest are even numbers.
There are seven Roman numerals. One of them is found in seVen (the V).
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