I posted this in the comments of another post, but I thought it should probably get its own post. Regarding my numbers and my acceptance (so far):
I am most surely proof of that(numbers aren't everything). As best as I can tell my Verbal score led them to believe that I am not, in fact, a well trained monkey. And I got a lot of feedback regarding my research experience and a "name" LOR probably did not hurt. Mostly I heard how pleased they were with my thoughtfulness, "critical analysis", "engaging" questions and "FASCINATING research proposal". So, in the end I went with my strengths: I can read and I can write! LOL I strongly encourage an inventory of one's strengths and a plan that maximizes them.