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Postby tarek » Sat May 10, 2008 8:56 pm

how about 5013289567, why I don't know:( .

It may turn out that xx132 is on the left side of a decimal point with the rest of the numbers being a fraction......

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Postby Glyn » Sat May 10, 2008 9:10 pm

You might have to look farther for this one. (Hint 1)
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Postby Bigtone53 » Sat May 10, 2008 9:49 pm

You might have to look farther for this one. (Hint 1)


Stars, galaxies? Doesnt explain the each number once thing. Are we looking at the numbers themselves like Tarek or the udosuk written thing?
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Postby Glyn » Sat May 10, 2008 11:34 pm

Not 'quite' so far but you are on the right lines.
The numbers indicate something but it is not mathematical.
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Postby udosuk » Sun May 11, 2008 4:22 am

tarek wrote:how about 5013289567, why I don't know:( .

Why I don't know too but should it have been 4013289567? This typo trend is surely getting contagious...:)
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Postby tarek » Sun May 11, 2008 7:33 am

udosuk wrote:
tarek wrote:how about 5013289567, why I don't know:( .

Why I don't know too but should it have been 4013289567? This typo trend is surely getting contagious...:)
Not a typo, but your number is better, only one digit is rolling, after 9 it can be 0 or 10...... so, any can be true yours is better

By the way, both can be wrong (confusing:D )

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Postby Glyn » Sun May 11, 2008 9:09 am

BigTone53 is more on track at the moment, but he's overshot.

Some digits could be emphasized but I wonder how. Bold type, underline or even putting rings around them. Hmm that seems best.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Sun May 11, 2008 10:12 am

OK, planets then (rings round them).
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Postby Glyn » Mon May 12, 2008 1:00 am

Bigtone has cracked this one according to a PM from Matt. To late to post the full answer now, but you are welcome to do so. The catch was spotting that the next entry is back to 8 digits in length.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon May 12, 2008 8:48 am

May have cracked it but have no clue what the answer is:(
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Postby Glyn » Mon May 12, 2008 9:13 am

Bigtone53
According to Matt you are the official solver, so that's good enough for me.
Matt wrote:
Bigtone53 was the one who cracked this, and I don't want to steal the kudos from him, so I'll just PM the solution to you. He should be regarded as the winner to post the next one.


However as you didn't realise you'd solved it:) here it is in all its gory detail.

In short it is a representation of the known planets in order of their mean distance from the Sun, indexed by their position in an alphabetical list. The key was spotting the number of digits at 6 and rose to 9. The first 5 digits almost stay the same Venus being the fly in the ointment.

461325
1=Earth 2=Jupiter 3=Mars 4=Mercury 5=Saturn 6=Venus
In 1781 it became 4713256
1=Earth 2=Jupiter 3=Mars 4=Mercury 5=Saturn 6=Uranus 7=Venus
In 1846 it became 48132675
1=Earth 2=Jupiter 3=Mars 4=Mercury 5=Neptune 6=Saturn 7=Uranus 8=Venus
in 1930 it became 491327856
1=Earth 2=Jupiter 3=Mars 4=Mercury 5=Neptune 6=Pluto 7=Saturn 8=Uranus 9=Venus

Since Pluto was scratched from the list of major planets in 2006 it is once again 48132675.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon May 12, 2008 9:36 am

Not sure how I can be the official solver if I did not get the answer but anyway, I give the option of setting the next one to whoever wants to get in first, unless the rule is that Glyn thereby gets another go.
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Postby udosuk » Mon May 12, 2008 2:55 pm

Okay in that case I'll post one myself. This one should be perfect for this community...:)

This is the "riddle":
Code: Select all
+---+---+---+
|..4|8..|.3.|
|1..|..7|...|
|6..|.9.|2..|
+---+---+---+
|...|2.6|.94|
|..7|...|...|
|8..|.3.|.1.|
+---+---+---+
|2..|.1.|67.|
|9..|...|...|
|.3.|..4|...|
+---+---+---+

The answer to this riddle is a five-letter word. If you know this word you can fill out the rest of the grid.:idea:

(There is also a "fake solution" for this one, in addition to the "real solution". So kudos for anyone who manages to find either one of them!:) But only the one finding the real solution will be declared as winner.)
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon May 12, 2008 3:28 pm

Thanks, udosuk. I hope that the answer is not a lemon:)
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon May 12, 2008 4:01 pm

udosuk,

Even though the 'riddle' has multiple solutions, it is possible to progress a bit. Will this help or hinder:?:

Sieve:?: No fives on the grid:?:
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