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Mystery: September 28, 2022 Issue [#11533]

 This week: Numbers
  Edited by: Annette
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3. Letter from the Editor
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About This Newsletter

"Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves." ~ Jean Guitton

One and seven, any number that ends in seven, that's all me." ~ Adam Silvera

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Letter from the editor


Writers tend to think of themselves as creative wielders of words and think of numbers as the realm of mathematicians who follow rigid rules. Some people go even as far as saying that they are better with words than with numbers. The truth is that numbers are words too!

Creative writers use numbers all the time. The most obvious uses of numbers in writing are to count words or chapters. However, writers use numbers as vehicles of fictional tales with effect also. Everyone has a few numbers that means something. Some have special Lotto numbers or a lucky number. For some reason, the number seven appears to have an inordinate amount of fans.

Three is self-explanatory as "all good things come in threes" is a whole saying onto itself. In Sweden, three is a very lucky number and in South Korea three is the luckiest number. Be careful about taking a picture with three people in it in Japan or Vietnam - the middle one will die soon.

Four is the German lucky number as it symbolizes the four leaf clover. In China, you won't find a fourth floor in any building because four in Chinese sounds similar as the word for death.

Seven is really an all-purpose number that is reflected everywhere. Seven dwarves, seven weekdays, seven planets, and seven deadly sins. Seven is also widely associated with luck, both in Eastern and Western cultures. Especially in gambling.

Thirteen is such an unlucky number across so many cultures that it comes with its own phobia: triskaidekaphobia.
There is even a practical reason why monks don't like the number thirteen as years with thirteen full moons mess with their festival calendar.
However, if you like pastries, you will love the baker's dozen as it includes thirteen goodies instead of twelve.

Twenty-Three rose to fame a few years ago when it got it's own movie. It involves a character called Walter Sparrow who becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him, as more and more similarities between himself and his literary alter ego seem to arise. The Number 23  
Aside from that creepy mystery movie, the vast majority of humans are made up by two times twenty three chromosomes. So while this number appears last on this list, it's the one that started it all.

Do you have a number that means something specific to you? Which number is it? What does it mean?

Editor's Picks

Twisted Tales Contest  (13+)
A monthly contest for stories with a twist. Get 500 GPs for entering! June round open!
#1269187 by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

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#2278460 by Not Available.

 Embedded in the Dark Road  (18+)
Thirty six in six months. That's one per week. The seventh month has just begun.
#2068035 by PureSciFi

Seventeen Sentence Mystery  (13+)
Solving a mystery in only 17 sentences to celebrate WDC's 17th Birthday - for Bards Hall.
#2134810 by Christopher Roy Denton

Unlucky Seven  (13+)
She died seven years ago... (Flash Fiction)
#2084672 by Fictiøn Ðiva the Wørd Weava

Madam Valise  (13+)
Player three has entered the game.
#2260823 by Adherennium Dr of Phoolishness

A 'House of Fashion' Miracle  (E)
Three mannequins wishful thinking makes something happen.
#2153393 by Jeannie

The Five O'clock Bus  (18+)
What can happen if the bus runs late
#1966057 by Eric Wharton

A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by Beacon's Light

 Three  (E)
3 different people who find 3 different things in 3 different places on 3 different days
#2276231 by AliceLvs2Write

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Ask & Answer

Replies to my last Mystery newsletter "Darkness that asked Do you fear darkness or do you live in darkness?

Lilli 🧿 ☕ wrote: Oooh, food for thought! Great newsletter!

Thank you for your comment. Yes, so much to wonder about when it's dark out.

Quick-Quill wrote: I know this is late but I liked the question this proposed. Fear of the unknown is in all of us. When something breaks the darkness with out a warning we react. When we recognize what’s appeared we relax. But should we ?

To answer your question: better not to relax.

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