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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    06 Jul '12 05:29
    1 and 40 share something - let's call it X - which isn't shared by any other number in the entire numbering system. The X in the first is a mirror of the X in the second.
    What is X?
  2. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    06 Jul '12 17:13
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    1 and 40 share something - let's call it X - which isn't shared by any other number in the entire numbering system. The X in the first is a mirror of the X in the second.
    What is X?
    All I could think of was some cheesy type of bit reversal if both numbers were hex base. But that's sooo not the intended answer.
  3. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    07 Jul '12 01:30
    It's one of those questions the average 7-year-old could answer, they haven't learned to think inside the box yet. No formulas required, I dreamed it up during an insomniac episode - and the damn thing woke me up!
  4. 07 Jul '12 14:11
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    1 and 40 share something - let's call it X - which isn't shared by any other number in the entire numbering system. The X in the first is a mirror of the X in the second.
    What is X?
    The letters in their English names are in (reverse) alphabetical order.
    I'm not sure the average seven-year-old would have found that answer.

    Richard
  5. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    07 Jul '12 17:29
    Most 7-year-olds can figure out the old HIJKLMNO = WATER one, so I figured this one would be a piece of cake!
  6. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Jul '12 14:30
    I must be missing something.

    F > O > U < R?! > T > Y
  7. 08 Jul '12 17:25
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    I must be missing something.

    F > O > U < R?! > T > Y
    I knew you rebel colonials liked to remove u's from words where they belong... but now I know what you do with them!

    Richard
  8. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    08 Jul '12 20:44 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    I knew you rebel colonials liked to remove u's from words where they belong... but now I know what you do with them!

    Richard
    If seven time ten equals seventy
    and eight times ten equals eighty
    then four times ten should equal fourty, dammit!
  9. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    09 Jul '12 00:02
    What are you going to do with ten times two and three then - twoty and threety?
  10. 09 Jul '12 08:30
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    What are you going to do with ten times two and three then - twoty and threety?
    twenty and thirty are probably irregular just like twelve and thirteen is, but fourteen isnt

    in german the puzzle works with 1 and 8 being the only numbers having letters in alphabetical order (E-I-N-S and A-C-H-T).
  11. 09 Jul '12 13:51
    Originally posted by SwissGambit
    If seven time ten equals seventy
    and eight times ten equals eighty
    then four times ten should equal fourty, dammit!
    Erm... shouldn't eight times ten then be eightty, not eighty?

    And what about fifty?

    Richard
  12. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    09 Jul '12 14:23
    In the "times 10" tables
    one - ten
    two - twenty
    three - thirty
    four - forty
    five - fifty
    SIX - SIXTY
    SEVEN - SEVENTY
    eight - eighty
    NINE - NINETY

    there are twice as many "irregular" as "regular". Maybe it's the "regular" group which are irregular.
  13. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    09 Jul '12 15:07
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    What are you going to do with ten times two and three then - twoty and threety?
    Twoty and threety don't exactly roll off the tongue. I can understand why they were changed. That's also why I left them out of my examples. But consistency should be maintained if possible.
  14. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    09 Jul '12 15:09
    Originally posted by crazyblue
    twenty and thirty are probably irregular just like twelve and thirteen is, but fourteen isnt

    in german the puzzle works with 1 and 8 being the only numbers having letters in alphabetical order (E-I-N-S and A-C-H-T).
    Exactly! Why isn't 14 forteen if 40 is forty?
  15. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    09 Jul '12 15:14
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    Erm... shouldn't eight times ten then be eightty, not eighty?

    And what about fifty?

    Richard
    We don't need the extra 't' in eighty. I say throw out any letters that don't affect pronunciation and don't distinguish from other similarly-pronounced words.

    "Fifty" needs to be changed. "Fivety" doesn't roll off the tongue, but "Fifty" sounds close enough to "fifteen" that we're always having to clarify which number we actually said. "And when I say fifty I mean five-oh."