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TRE (treh)

Three in Italian

Common clues: Due follower; Uno + due; It's past due; Three, in Napoli; Half of sei; Amount past due?; Three in Turin; Cremona crowd?; Roman numeral?

Related crosswordese: TRES; TREY

Crossword puzzle frequency: 7 times a year

Frequency in English language: 55677 / 86800

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In Vietnam, there is a superstition that considers it bad luck to take a photo with three people in it; it is professed that the person in the middle will die soon.

Three is often the largest number written with as many lines as the number represents. The Romans tired of writing 4 as IIII, instead using IV, but to this day 3 is written as three lines in Roman and Chinese numerals. This was the way the Brahmin Indians wrote it, and the Gupta made the three lines more curved. The Nagari started rotating the lines clockwise and ending each line with a slight downward stroke on the right. Eventually they made these strokes connect with the lines below, and evolved it to a character that looks very much like a modern 3 with an extra stroke at the bottom. It was the Western Ghubar Arabs who finally eliminated the extra stroke and created our modern 3.

The Shield of the Trinity is a diagram of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity

In Mathematics:

  • Three is the first unique prime due to the properties of its reciprocal.

  • Three non-collinear points determine a plane and a circle.

  • A natural number is divisible by three if the sum of its digits in base 10 is divisible by 3. For example, the number 21 is divisible by three (3 times 7) and the sum of its digits is 2 + 1 = 3. Because of this, the reverse of any number that is divisible by three (or indeed, any permutation of its digits) is also divisible by three. For instance, 1368 and its reverse 8631 are both divisible by three (and so are 1386, 3168, 3186, 3618, etc..).

  • A triangle is the only figure which, if all endpoints have hinges, will never change its shape unless the sides themselves are bent.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Three".  

TRE (366) 31 Th- >1 08 Due follower

30 We- >1 09 Uno + due

17 Th- >1 07 It's past due

16 Mo+ >1 00 Uno e due

11 We >1 07 Three, in Napoli

10 Th+ >1 06 Half of sei

9 Th+ >1 07 Amount past due?

9 We >1 01 Three, in Turin

8 >1 04 Italian three

8 Tu >1 09 Three, in Italy

8 We >1 01 Three, in Torino TDE

7 Th- >1 05 Cremona crowd?

7 We- >1 01 Quattro minus uno

07 Three in Italy

5 Tu- >1 97 Uno, due, ___

3 Fr+ NYT 06 Italian TV channel

3 Mo+ >1 73 Italian numeral

3 We+ >1 02 Italian trio

3 We- >1 04 Number after due

3 Tu >1 01 Quattro preceder

07 Roman numeral?

3 We- >1 03 Roman trio III

3 Fr- NYT 04 Sei halved

3 Th+ >1 09 Square root of nove

3 Mo+ >1 69 Three in Roma