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Postby udosuk » Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:42 am

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Postby Glyn » Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:26 pm

The first five are World Heritage sites.
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Postby tarek » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:05 pm

udosuk wrote:The last 2 are skyscrapers.
Yes, these 2 really stand out.

udosuk wrote:I wonder if this is another Sudoku techniques related riddle?:?: .
Sorry to disappoint you. No sudoku & No maths

Glyn wrote:The first five are World Heritage sites.
good observation.

The question was
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what am I ?
you have to find something in common to answer that question.

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Postby Glyn » Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:48 pm

Cyrene (Libya) 32°49′N, 21°51′E
Memphis (Egypt) 29°50′40.8″N, 31°15′3.3″E
Timbuktu (Mali) 16°46′33″N 3°00′34″W
Somapura Mahavihara (Bangladesh)25°2′N, 88°59′E
Zacatecas (Mexico) 22°46′N, 102°33′W
Taipei 101 (ROC-Taiwan) 25°2′1″N, 121°33′52″E
Burj Dubai (UAE) 25°11′49.7″N 55°16′26.8″E

All are in states crossed by the Tropic of Cancer.
So I think you are Eratosthenes of Cyrene.
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Postby tarek » Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:55 pm

Glyn wrote:All are in states crossed by the Tropic of Cancer.
So I think you are Eratosthenes of Cyrene.

Well done Glyn...

I told you it was easy:idea:

As i said "What am I" ... I was not referring to someone but to something (an animal). You've got got it Glyn ... You have to spell it out though:(

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Postby Glyn » Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:26 pm

In that case you must be a Crab.

Eratosthenes of Cyrene made a determination of the circumference of the Earth based on measurements made at Aswan, which he assumed lay on the Tropic Of Cancer. Was this a bonus clue?
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Postby Glyn » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:04 pm

Assuming everything is ok with the Crab. Here is my offering for the weekend.

It sounds like I swapped two digits in this sequence.

8,8,16,8,16,8,8,16,16,8,16,8.

Who am I, and why?
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Postby Bigtone53 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 6:47 pm

Glyn wrote:Eratosthenes of Cyrene made a determination of the circumference of the Earth based on measurements made at Aswan, which he assumed lay on the Tropic Of Cancer.


udosuk is a stickler for accuracy, so to prevent his observation, the measurements were made at Alexandria. In addition, it did not matter to him whether the Aswan well was on the Tropic of Cancer or not. He just needed to know how far Aswan and Alexandria were apert. Nice sieve though!

[PS The historic meaning of 'prevent' is to get there first. In the 18th century, preventing something happening did not mean stopping it. A boss could prevent the arrival of his staff at the office quite normally:D ]

Sorry about the edits; just cannot spell first time around:(
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Postby tarek » Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:28 pm

Glyn wrote:In that case you must be a Crab
indeed I am a crab:D

The next clue would have been
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behold me in the sky, receive me and you may die, Look carefully, in the water I may lie
:D

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Postby udosuk » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:02 am

Bigtone53 wrote:udosuk is a stickler for accuracy, so to prevent his observation, the measurements were made at Alexandria.

Well, you're absolutely right about the first bit, but I'm not too motivated to research about ancient Greek philosophers/mathematicians at the moment. So I probably wouldn't have spotted that little inaccuracy...:)

tarek wrote:behold me in the sky, receive me and you may die, Look carefully, in the water I may lie

Not only in the water, but also on a restaurant table.:D

The association to the terminal disease is brilliant.:)

Glyn wrote:It sounds like I swapped two digits in this sequence.

8,8,16,8,16,8,8,16,16,8,16,8.

Who am I, and why?

Does it help if I take out the common factor of 8:

1,1,2,1,2,1,1,2,2,1,2,1.

:?:
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Postby Glyn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:25 am

udosuk wrote:Does it help if I take out the common factor of 8:

1,1,2,1,2,1,1,2,2,1,2,1.

:?:


NOTE: I should have said numbers not digits.:(

It sounds like I swapped two numbers in this sequence.

8,8,16,8,16,8,8,16,16,8,16,8.

Who am I, and why?


If you plan to go my way you won't want to factor out anything.
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Postby udosuk » Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:37 pm

Glyn wrote:It sounds like...

I take it the riddle is only solvable by English speakers?

Still clueless, and besides my brain is a bit drained out for teasers at the moment.:(
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Postby Glyn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 3:29 pm

Being an English speaker might help but I don't think it is a significant barrier.

Actually I can see 3 sound connections on the way to solving this one. However you will need to identify the series if you want to continue.

BTW If you'd factored out the 8's you would have been too far to the north east.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:11 pm

Are we talking musical notes:?:

A 16 would be an octave lower than an 8.

Is it Name That Tune time:?:

[not organ pipes I hope:D ]
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Postby Glyn » Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:29 pm

There is a tune involved, but it's not the notes that are important.
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