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Old 01-06-2013, 01:07 PM   #10501
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For the anagram of STAGNATION, ANTAGONIST?
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:48 PM   #10502
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For the anagram of STAGNATION, ANTAGONIST?
Correct! It's one that keeps people guessing as they often assume it's going to be something ending in ING.
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Correct! It's one that keeps people guessing as they often assume it's going to be something ending in ING.
Yep, I wasted a lot of time trying to come up with something ending in ING
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #10504
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101 - 102 = 1

Move one number to make the equality correct. (And I don't mean move a 1 over the = to make an ≠ sign! It should remain an equality, not an inequality.)
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #10505
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101 - 102 = 1


Move one number to make the equality correct. (And I don't mean move a 1 over the = to make an ≠ sign! It should remain an equality, not an inequality.)
Does it have to conform to the "proper" rules of equations? In other words, if I moved the 1 to the left-hand side of the equation, would it now become a negative? If not, you could have:

1 + 101 - 102 = 0 (I know, I'm pushing it a bit here...)
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #10506
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:57 PM   #10507
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Does it have to conform to the "proper" rules of equations? In other words, if I moved the 1 to the left-hand side of the equation, would it now become a negative? If not, you could have:

1 + 101 - 102 = 0 (I know, I'm pushing it a bit here...)
I can see I've been imprecise. Move one digit to make the equality correct.

(But no, you're not allowed to add a plus sign.)
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #10508
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OK. BIG clue.

The right side of the equality doesn't change.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #10509
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Move the 2 up that it is the power of 10 (100).
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:23 PM   #10510
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Yes! Congratulation, Billi. Over to you for the next question.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #10511
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Move the 2 up that it is the power of 10 (100).
Well done Billi. That was driving me mad.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:49 AM   #10512
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There's a grassy field. 11 goats on the field will eat all the grass in seven days and then starve. 10 goats would finish all the grass in 8 days and then starve. How long could three goats survive on the field?
While I solved this a complicated mathematical way, there's also a simpler mathematical way to solve it:

In the first scenario there are 77 goat days of food. In the second case, there is 80 goat days. Therefore the field produces enough grass each day to sustain 3 goats, and so the 3 goats could live there forever.

(Once again, credit to Richard Wiseman's blog)
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:17 AM   #10513
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Sorry for the delay. Another little math task:

SECHS
+SECHS
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ZWOELF


Replace the letters with the right numbers!

Sorry, couldn't manage to get the letters straight one beneath the other, but I'm sure you know what is meant!
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #10514
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Code:
+SECHS
+SECHS
======
ZWOELF
  1. Z
  2. F
  3. W
  4. C
  5. L
  6. S
  7. H
  8. O
  9. E

Code:
+69476
+69476
======
138952
  • Z must be 1 (since even 99999+99999 = 199998).
  • E must be >=5, sinze W≠F
  • F must be even
  • W must be F+1
  • F can't be zero, since Z=1 and W≠Z
  • S must be > 5 since Z=1 and F≠0
  • L must be odd since S>5
  • None of the top letters can represent zero, as the corresponding sum would be the same letter or Z (1), which doesn't happen.

With these restraints, it's fairly easy to go through the possibilities.

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:26 AM   #10515
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