Seven is the number of:
Deadly sins (Sloth, lust, wrath, gluttony, avarice, envy, pride);
Virtues (faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, prudence, temperance);
Hills of Rome (Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, Viminal);
Wonders of the Ancient World (Colossus of Rhodes, Pyramids, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Diana at Ephesus);
Dwarfs (Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Doc, Sneezy).
Competition: More of our "26 L of the A" (Letters of the Alphabet") puzzlers. Three Chambers Dictionary prizes await decoding of these:
20 Q in a P G
30 O P in H a C
40 D of L
50 P T G O O J in M
60 D at E C O an E T
Entries, by 18 December, to: Pastimes, the Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.
22 November competition
Answers: Encyclopedia (delicacy open), Thesaurus (Suture ash), Dictionary (tonic diary).
Chambers Combined Dictionary Thesaurus prizes to: AE Seymour, Janice Holloway and John Atkins.Reuse content