Originally posted by Daemon Sin
#48 - The one everyone's stuck on!
A) I am white's first move in the game of kings I have how many choices?
B) Number of ways of winnings 0s and Xs
C) "As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had ...[text shortened]... ad to ask many people for that answer.
Where am I going wrong?!
A) Does checkers have a White side? I thought it was Red and Black. If "The Game of Kings" is chess, there are 8x2 Pawn moves = 16, and four possible Knight moves = 20 total. A = 20. Does Backgammon have a White side?
B) 8. Two diagonals, three horizontals, three verticals. Well maybe we should double that because either O or X can win. B = 16 or 8.
C) When I heard this puzzle, I was told no kits, cats, sacks or wives were going to St. Ives; I am going to St Ives, and I met them, so supposedly they must be going the other way. So C=0. However it's possible that they were just going slower than I was, so C would equal 7 wives + 7^2 sacks +7^3 cats + 7^4 kits.
D) This is almost certainly LOTR. Originally, there were the Three, which the Elves always had; the Seven, which the Dwarves had; and the Nine, which the Men had. Sauron made the One Ring to control the others (I guess through the Law of Sympathy, that which seems alike is alike, and so there was a magical connection between the One and the others?). At the time of the LOTR story, the Nine are held by the Ringwraiths; the Elves still have the Three; the Seven were lost and/or destroyed by dragonfire; and of course Frodo has the One. One could interpret this question any number of ways, and the best interpretations would include how many of the Seven were destroyed. However the simple answer would be 1+7+9 = 17 Rings not held by Elves.
Woops! The Ring of Fire is held by Gandalf, so that makes 18. And Elrond is only Half Elven, and he has the Ring of Air...does that mean 18.5 minus any of the Seven that were destroyed?