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The worlds first riddle!

 
 
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 12:48 pm
Tryagain wrote:

As the equation is written, Adrian's answer 105 is correct.
However; if you change fonts to where there is 120 degree angles on the lines making up the capital letter Y; then Tryagain's answer would be correct. Just as the W moved 1/2 turn to become a M, the Y would become a Y every 1/3 turn. How about that... Everyone is right! (considering of course, that the man died in 1955) :wink:
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 12:51 pm
I would still like to see the formula, because I know there was an easier path to the anwser, than the one I took.
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 02:52 pm
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 05:58 pm
Perhaps the printout listing the auctioned items from the auction company?
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 07:01 pm
I don't see how you could read page one if the book was closed and unopenable and no other piece of writing has been mentioned.

Did you mean 'front cover' or something else?
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Reply Tue 30 Dec, 2003 11:36 pm
My guess would be that the leather bound book is a red herring. What you might be reading - seeing as how you were in the library - is the library's membersip roll.

Fifty-one is too few to be the authors of the books of the library unless it is an extremely small library but it is a substantial amount if attending the library. And the 23,000 would be the total membership, which seems a reasonable figure.

Only a guess however.
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 05:44 am
Mungo wrote:
I don't see how you could read page one if the book was closed and unopenable and no other piece of writing has been mentioned.

Did you mean 'front cover' or something else?


Congratulations, forget the book. I still can not open it.
Clue number 2 "Page 1"

Where, I hear you ask is clue 1? well, it was more the answer than a clue.
and you have chosen to ignore it. :wink:
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 03:58 pm
I thought they usually left out page 1 in books?
Page 1 fell out?
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 05:10 pm
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 05:30 pm
If by 3ft around you mean diameter, 52 and half foot lengths should be just fine.
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 05:48 pm
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 06:18 pm
You work for some pretty picky peopleĀ… try this length;
51.192391917599490979518173209561 ft.
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 06:41 pm
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 07:04 pm
My first answer was a rough use of the same formula as my second. If your answer falls in between; than my second is correct. Does your answer fall in between my 2 answers?
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 07:19 pm
Though I did not know who to credit for the formula, I did use "Pythagoras's theorem" to achieve my answer. I suspect I used more decimal places than your answer key, and thus; produced an even more accurate answer.
20ft. squared + (3ft. X Pi X 5) squared = the "length you are looking for" squared. Correct?
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 08:24 pm
25 ft per column, right?

(3, 4, 5 triangles)
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 08:41 pm
Regarding the leather bound book, the only thing I can think of is that it refers to page one of this thread. 51 in latin numerals is 'LI' and the words 'lie', 'lies', and 'liar' figure significantly on page one. But why authors?

I have no idea at all of what '23,000 readers' might signify.

And your use of 'ignore'; I remember almost causing myself difficulties with the French customs over that very same word. I speak reasonable French but when he asked me, politely enough, if I had ignored the French customs regulations I chose to give it the English meaning of 'disregard' rather than the French meaning of 'unaware of'.
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Reply Wed 31 Dec, 2003 09:02 pm
All right, you got me again. You could try: 9.4247779607693797153879301498385 ft. lenths, though I prefer the candy stripe approach. :wink:
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Reply Thu 1 Jan, 2004 06:33 am
No fair tryagain; when I asked; "If by 3ft round you mean diameter" you answered "I sure do. Rolling Eyes Your answer is 3ft circumference, not diameter. Given your faulty information; I gave you the correct answer accurate to 30 decimal places. Confused
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