Copy this limerick and fill in the missing words.
Can you work out the meanings of the words 'dozen', 'gross' and 'score'?
A dozen, a gross, and a score,
Plus three times the square root of _ _ _ _
Divided by _ _ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ five times eleven
Equals _ _ _ _ squared and not a bit more.
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Here is the equation. This limerick was devised by Leigh Mercer (18931977) who also came up with the palindrome "A man, a plan, a canal  Panama!".