Eighteen is a curious number, being equal to the sum of the digits of its cube, 5832. Furthermore, its cube and its fourth power, 104,976, between them use all the digits from 0 to 9 once each.
Eighteen is also:
The number of tons of smoked salmon eaten at Wimbledon in 1990;
The number of people in the UK for each personal computer purchased in 1994;
The number of million tons of crude steel produced annually in the UK;
The number of pairs of ribs of a horse;
The holes on a golf course;
The age at which you can vote, serve on a jury, buy a house, have a credit card, have an overdraft, make a will, bet, drink, see rude films and marry without parental consent.
More "26 L of the A" (Letters of the Alphabet) puzzles. Three Chambers Dictionary prizes will be awarded for correct disentanglings of the following. Entries (by 30 Jan) to: Pastimes, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL.
1 E on the C in H O
3 C in T L (R A G)
5 S in a M T M (T F W)
7 P of W
9 D W
4 January competition:
Answers: 3 Wickets in a Hat Trick; 3 Bronte Sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) 3 Score Years and Ten; 3 Legs on a Tripod; 3 Into Two Won't Go.
Winners: Peter Charlton, Miss DKS Smith, Corinne SquireReuse content