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Number That List #8

In one view, statistics are numbers-in-use. John Boswell and Dan Starer published a book on "numerical lists you never knew or once knew or probably forgot." So, combining these two statements, let's see how well you do....

Insert the correct number for each list, using the answers provided below (with three numbers added as "statistical anomalies). In each case, an example of an item on that list is provided. Award yourself "bonus points" if you can name the other items on the list!

  • The ___ Primary Colors (e.g. Red)
  • Newton's ___ Laws of Motion (e.g. For every Action...)
  • The ___ Periods of Geologic Time (e.g. Jurassic)
  • The ___ Plagues of Egypt (e.g. Frogs)
  • The ___ Layers of the Earth's Atmosphere (e.g. Stratosphere)
  • The ___ Layers of the Earth (e.g. Crust)
  • The ___ Colors of the Spectrum (e.g. Red)
  • The ___ Magnitudes of the Richter Earthquake Scale (e.g. 1--Detectable by Instruments Only)
  • The ___ Major Types of Coal (e.g. Anthracite)
  • The ___ Cloud Genera (e.g. Cirrus)
  • The ___ Horsemen of Notre Dame (e.g. Elmer Layden)
  • The ___ Categories in Trivial Pursuit (e.g. Geography)
  • The ___ Scoring Hands in Poker (e.g. Full House)
  • The ___ Spaces on a Monopoly Game Board (e.g. Chance)
  • Euclid's ___ Main Postulates (e.g. Two Points Determine a Line)
Answers in "ordered" order...with three "statistical anomalies:
3 3 3 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 9 9 10 12 15 36 40 48