Originally posted by Jay Peatea
Ok try this one
TFFFF FFFF_ = 90
TFFFF FFFFT = 0
TFFFF _FFFT =
TFFFF _FFFT = 54
I doubt that my answer is correct, but I'll explain my reasoning anyway. In fact, I'm in a creative mood, so here's my little anecdote for the night:
After staring at those equations for a long, long time, I was suddenly struck with the realization that the equations were organized into two groups of five. I also noted that, lo and behold, my fingers were organized in a very similar way! Novel thought, that. (And really, how much simpler can you get when it comes to basic mathematical tools?)
What I concluded from your meatballs clue was that the number nine is significant to the puzzle (there are nine syllables in that phrase). Since the base for this puzzle is a set of ten, the clue pointing to nine indicates that there is something missing out of the set of ten. Being quite unfamiliar with accents, the second part of the clue befuddled me completely. I would assume there's something different about the way the words are stressed?
Moving on... I was then left to ponder in what circumstance one might be missing a finger, and why the location of that missing finger (or thumb) was significant. Since TFFFF FFFFT (which appears to be a complete set of fingers on two hands) is equal to zero, the number must be representative of the value of the body part missing from the set. It seems that one thumb is equal to the value "90," as I determined from the first equation. A finger is missing from the final equation, so obviously the goal is to determine what the value of a finger is.
Since it is nearly 2:30 AM and I'm getting fed up with this puzzle, I'm gonig to assume that the integer "90" is irrelevant in a puzzle formulated around base ten, so I'll interpret the two-digit number as "9-0." In the first equation, there are nine digits to the left of the missing digit and zero to the right. Therefore, as the sixth digit is missing from the third equation, there are five numbers to the left and four to the right - 5-4 or 54. (I recall this was a method of remembering the multiples of nine back in elemantary school...)
Right. There you are. Seems quite simple now that I've thought through it... Good puzzle.