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I am the father of seven children.

My first son is a man of action.
My second son's reputation is concerning.
My third son shuttles between London and Leeds in his job.
There is nothing at all I can say about my fourth son.
Surya, my fifth son, is a bright chap.
My sixth son works in Hollywood.
My seventh son is known for his great strength.

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Who am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice one! I had been kicking around a similar idea but yours is much better! $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 11 '15 at 12:14
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I am the father of seven children.

You are the major scale, and your seven children are the individual tones of the scale expressed in solfege. A "harmonious family" indeed!

My first son is a man of action.

DO -- the verb "do"

My second son's reputation is concerning.

RE -- in correspondence, the abbreviation "Re:" for "regarding", a synonym of "concerning"

My third son shuttles between London and Leeds in his job.

MI -- the M1 motorway connecting London and Leeds

There is nothing at all I can say about my fourth son.

FA -- "Sweet F.A." (Fanny Adams), a slang expression meaning "nothing".

Surya, my fifth son, is a bright chap.

SOL -- i.e. the sun; Surya is the Hindu solar deity

My sixth son works in Hollywood.

LA -- abbreviation for Los Angeles

My seventh son is known for his great strength.

TI -- abbreviation for Titanium, the strongest metal

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    $\begingroup$ nice find! i was way off. i'm glad you put me out of my misery $\endgroup$ – JLee Jul 11 '15 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ Good. I intended a different thing for the fourth son, but perhaps it is obscure. $\endgroup$ – Bravo Jul 11 '15 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ I've modified my answer with a different slant on the fourth son. Is this it? $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 11 '15 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, your original answer was closer :) This was what I intended. $\endgroup$ – Bravo Jul 11 '15 at 12:41
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    $\begingroup$ Updated. Wow I've never heard of that! $\endgroup$ – dennisdeems Jul 11 '15 at 14:25

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