# Count On

## Numberland

Numberland:

### Twenty-one

SEE-FAR WOMAN

Who's a dealer in numbers
Who's an unriddler of schemes
Who chooses numbers from a tumbler
And gives us back our dreams
Who turns our luck the right way round
and unlocks those mysteries?

See-Far Woman's the one.
She who lives in the house
in which she was born.
She got the key when she was 21.

And three sevens made her welcome.

Grace Nichols

Concerning the dice which you throw
There's something you might care to know
Its six sides in sum
Are worth TWENTY-ONE
Now get on with it - it's your go

A Stanton

At the age of 21 in Britain you can: apply to sell alcohol; become a Member of Parliament; and apply to drive a heavy goods vehicle.

21% of the air we breath is oxygen.

21% of British households own cats.

21 is a triangular number: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 = 21

21 is the total number of spots on a die.

In a game of table tennis the first person to reach 21 points wins.

A squash court is 21 feet long.

Until 1969 only those over 21 years of age were entitled to vote. It is now 18.

A guinea was a former British gold coin worth 21 shillings.

The recommended maximum weekly intake of alcohol is 21 units for men (and 14 for women).

Great English language novelist Joseph Conrad didn't learn English until the age of 21 . He was born in the Ukraine to Polish parents.

Legendary outlaw Billy the Kid is reputed to have killed 21 men by the age of 21 . He died shortly after.

21 is a card game used for gambling. It is also sometimes called pontoon or blackjack.

The Strait of Dover is 21 miles wide at its narrowest part.