A dozen, a gross and a score,

Plus three times the square root of four,

Divided by seven,

Plus five times eleven,

Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Question $1$: Does this limerick actually work?

Question $2$: Can you find a better one?

Hint: $$((12+144+20)+(3 \cdot √4))/7 + (5 \cdot 11) = 9^2+0$$.

  • $\begingroup$ While clever, this really had very little to do with mathematics. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2016 at 2:08
  • $\begingroup$ See math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ffiles/10001.3-8.shtml $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2016 at 2:09
  • $\begingroup$ I am sorry to whoever edited first, but you cannot remove the zero on the RHS. It is the author's intention to put the zero to represent and not a bit more $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2016 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ Oh well... Posts being closed... The circle of (math.stackexchange) life... $\endgroup$
    – 1089
    Mar 24, 2016 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ By the way, I am quite new to math.stackexchange and I have probably broke about twenty unspoken rules. $\endgroup$
    – 1089
    Mar 24, 2016 at 21:41

1 Answer 1


Let me try a very simple one,

fifty and a sixty
is not a seventy
nor a ninety
but a twenty
below a hundred and thirty.

  • $\begingroup$ Good job, Win Vineeth! $\endgroup$
    – 1089
    Mar 11, 2016 at 2:22

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