# In the old days

The answer is a well known phrase.

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Hint1

The numbers at the bottom are related to the string of letters at the top of the image... but how?

Hint2

Sum of the digits?

Hint3 (A bit more decisive. Hoping someone will crack this.)

I initially planned to write them as (3) (4) (4) (3) (3) (5) (5), but thought to myself that would be a lot more obvious. Also, in case you thought that the string of letters are initials of countries - they're not.

• @ChrisCudmore Edited now Feb 24, 2022 at 15:05
• If I transcribed it correctly, the text at the top of the image is "CORGPOGHGOBLOAMAHSOZAOTOAAE". And in case it's helpful, that string contains 27 letters, with 7 O's, 5 A's, 3 G's, 2 H's, and one each of BCELMPRSTZ. Feb 24, 2022 at 17:58
• I understood Hint 3 before you posted it, but sadly rot13(V qba'g frr n jnl gb hafpenzoyr nyy guvf rnfvyl, oehgr-sbepvat frrzf gb or gur bayl bcgvba urer. Orfvqrf "tybor" znlor (?) orvat n jbeq va gurer.) Feb 28, 2022 at 9:57
• @Auribouros rot13(Bx. V pna fnl Vg'f abg "tybor" ohg vafgrnq..? Jung pna gur fhofgevatf cbffvoyl ercerfrag?) Feb 28, 2022 at 10:11

These are the

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The text gives the

Initial letters of the Wonders and the numbers underneath show us how to break up the string correctly. In summary, we have

COR = Colossus of Rhodes.
GPOG = Great Pyramid of Giza.
HGOB = Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
LOA = Lighthouse of Alexandria.
MAH = Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
SOZAO = Statue of Zeus at Olympia.
TOAAE = Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

• that's got to be it! Feb 28, 2022 at 11:28
• Now the amount of Os make sense Feb 28, 2022 at 11:58
• This is it! Great job 👍 Feb 28, 2022 at 13:08