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99 were the years before Avraham's Bris. (Gen. 17:24).

It almost fits the beat.

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You can shoehorn it in by accenting the penultimate syllable of "Avraham's," which is proper due to nasog achor. –  Isaac Moses Sep 21 '10 at 15:13
    
Is there nasog achor if "b'ris" is two syllables? –  WAF Sep 21 '10 at 23:25
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If it was, there wouldn't be, but it isn't. There's only one true tenu'a (vowel) in "b'ris"; the sh'va under the 'b' is not a true vowel and does not form a syllable. –  Isaac Moses Sep 22 '10 at 14:02
    
I didn't know English (note the possessive "'s") had a nasog-achor rule. Thanks for the pointer. :-) Also, I'd love to know more about that rule (in Hebrew) than I do, but I think a sh'va na sometimes counts as a "syllable-like thing" to prevent its application. –  msh210 Oct 4 '10 at 18:34
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The "gozrei gezeiros" (civil-court judges) of Jerusalem received an annual salary of 99 maneh from the treasury of the Beis Hamikdash. (Kesubos 105a)

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There are 99 numbered Selichos in my "Minhag Lita" Selichos book.

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Honorable mention for seasonality. –  Isaac Moses Sep 22 '10 at 17:01
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