## Riddle (sort of)

Anything goes, but keep it seemly...

### Riddle (sort of)

Here's a riddle to think about while I'm off for the day to play golf.

If I wrote down every number from nought to one thousand eg. "nought, one, two, three ....sixty one, sixty two....etc. I would find one of these numbers is unique. What is the number and why is it unique?.

The fact that each number differs to any other number is not what I'm looking for.

Cec
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One thousand is unique in that it has 4 digits.
Hud

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nought is unique in that its in the list only once

If this is wrong, Is it anything to do with how they are pronounced, or how they sound
Crazy Girl

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Hud wrote:One thousand is unique in that it has 4 digits.

If all the numbers were listed say " 0-1-2-3-4...385 ....756 ... up to 1000" then your reasons why "1000" is unique would be correct. However, I can't accept this because the numbers are not listed numerically but spelt out as specifically mentioned in the question.

Crazy Girl wrote:nought is unique in that its in the list only once

Again a good response but not the answer I'm looking for. Because each of the one thousand and one numbers ie. starting from 'nought' and ending at 'one thousand' are written down then each of these 'numbers' are all unique. I hope this explanation is understood.

Crazy Girl wrote:If this is wrong, Is it anything to do with how they are pronounced, or how they sound

No - nothing to do with pronunciation or sound.

It's time for a hint. Note particularly that all the numbers were required to be written out. In fairness to Hud the particular number holding the key to the riddle has been mentioned but what makes this written number unique?

Cec
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Delightful daffodils dance dazzlingly down dusty driveways?
emm

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How about 777 - it has 10 syllables.

Sev - en - hun - dred - and - sev - en - ty - sev - en

MCC
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emm wrote:Delightful daffodils dance dazzlingly down dusty driveways?

Well I'll be!! I thought this riddle had only one answer. I was wrong! I can now see there are two answers that make this "number" unique.

Now MCC has just came up with a "possibillity". I'm starting to get a headache I'll hold over a little longer to give Crazy Girl and Hud the opportunity to respond.

Cec
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You forgot that 888 in Roman numerals is DCCCLXXXVIII (12 chracters, the longest possible in the list to 1000) - This is if we knew what 0 is in Roman numerals

tarek

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Tarek wrote:This is if we knew what 0 is in Roman numerals

IIIIIV

Ruud

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Hi riddle participants,

In attempting to reveal the "solution" to this riddle, the headache I had before has now got worse. My "source" disclosed the answer to this riddle was number "one thousand" and that the uniqueness of this number was that the letter "a" did not appear in any of the other written numbers.

When emm humbly posted her "hint" quotation "Delightful daffodils dance dazzlingly down dusty driveways?" I detected the letter "d" provided an alternative answer, hence my previous conclusion that there were now two answers to this part of the riddle.

However, my delusion arises from now detecting that both the letters "a" and "d" occur when writing many numbers such as six hundred and seventy or eight hundred and fifty etc.etc. I could save myself from humiliation if the word "and" was replaced by "&" resulting in the letter "a" being the only correct answer.
However, that said, I feel this riddle has now been "scuttled"

As I type this post I'm on my knees begging forgiveness

Cec
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Oh yeah, I forgot about the hundreds! Ewps!

Here are three more unique answers

FOUR is the only number which has the same number of letters as the number itself

FORTY is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order

ONE is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order
emm

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Thanks emm - It just keeps getting worse When can I get up off my knees.?

Cec
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Ruud wrote:
Tarek wrote:This is if we knew what 0 is in Roman numerals

IIIIIV

Cool, that adds to the mystery of the following equation:
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`IIIIIV+XXXXXL=CCCCCD`

tarek

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Cec, when I write my checks to the government, I write them this was:
"One hundred three thousand nine hundred seventy two".
Maybe it's a US thing to exclude the "ands".
I hope you played golf better than I did, and can spell "Nowitzki" lol.
Hud

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Wow, Hud, I don't want to know why you have to write a \$103,972 check to the US government, but I'm totally intimidated!
udosuk

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