This first one is just you plus...
...dwarfs in Snow White,
...bits in a byte,
...tripod's upright,
...and a number that is quite lucky at least in my opinion.

Then there's you plus...
...wonders of yore,
...pawns set for war,
...cat's lives in store,
...and the black ball in a game which has also different colours.

And then, the third one is you plus...
...men's power rings,
...bass guitar's strings,
...insect that stings,
...and one hundred in a system which uses letters to represent numbers.

Finally, you plus...
...time span maternal,
...man's limbs external,
...circles infernal,
...and the smallest card in the deck if you are playing a game where the aces are high.

The final answer is a surname.

  • $\begingroup$ Jafe, your body of work when it comes to unique puzzles is quite impressive! +1 $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Oct 4, 2018 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @El-Guest! You've solved quite a few of them yourself, if I'm not mistaken. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Oct 5, 2018 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ and they’ve been fun every time!! $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Oct 5, 2018 at 11:53

2 Answers 2


Each stanza refers to

A unicode character. This is clued by the "You" (U) at the beginning of each.

The solutions are as follows:

Stanza 1

7 dwarfs in Snow White
8 bits in a byte
3 legs on a tripod
7 is a lucky number in most of the West

This makes

U+7837, or 砷, which is Arsenic.

Stanza 2

7 wonders of yore (ancient wonders of the world)
8 pawns set for war (on one side of a chess board)
9 cat's lives in store (cats are commonly said to have 9 lives)
8-ball in pool, snooker and similar games

This makes

U+7898, or 碘, which is Iodine.

Stanza 3

9 men's power rings (rings of power from Lord of the Rings)
4 bass guitar's strings
B (or bee) is an insect that stings
C is one hundred in Roman numerals

This makes

U+94BC, or 钼, which is Molybdenum.

Stanza 4

9 months of gestation (time span maternal)
4 limbs on a man
9 circles of hell in Dante's Inferno
2 is the smallest card if aces are high

This makes

U+9492, or 钒, which is Vanadium.

Putting these together, we have

As + I + Mo + V (the symbols for the listed elements)
or ASIMOV, a famous science-fiction author.

  • $\begingroup$ Swoop! There it is! Great answer GPR! :D $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Oct 4, 2018 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ I got thrown off by the damn dwarves and trusted my memory rather than google >_< $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 4, 2018 at 15:59

The name is:

蠷碘钼钒 or 蠽碘钼钒 which I can only assume are Chinese surnames. But all google says is Molybdenum Kitchen Knives. Combining the element symbols gives ASIMOV which is a surname!

The first one is:

7 Dwarfs in Snow White,
8 bits in a byte,
3 legs in a tripod,
7 can be considered lucky.
Giving U+7837 Which represents 砷
Which translates to Arsenic
Which has abbreviation As

The second one is:

7 wonders of the world,
8 pawns per side in chess,
9 cat's lives,
8 ball in pool.
Giving U+7898
Which is 碘,
Which translates to Iodine
Which has the abbreviation I

The third one is:

9 rings of power in lotr given to men
4 bass guitar strings,
b (bee) stings,
c 100 in roman numerals,
Giving U+94bc
Which is 钼
Which translates to Molybdenum,
Which has the abbreviation MO

The fourth one is:

9 months in a pregnancy,
4 human limbs
9 circles of hell
2 is the smallest card (other than Ace)
Giving U+9492
Which is 钒
Which translates to Vanadium
Which has the abbreviation V


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