What simple compound is precious to life and encodes the total number of elements?
What other thing does it code and is revered by some as precious to life?
Accepted solution should show how the second thing refers to the first.
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The answer is:
which is a simple chemical compound that is precious to life.
Converting to numbers:
1-1-8 (element #1 is hydrogen, and #8 is oxygen)
one hundred and eighteen
this is the total number of elements.
With some poetic licence, this number could be said to encode:
one one ate
one [object] [that] one [subject] ate
which is also precious to life, and to be revered.