This weeks puzzle

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Posers and Puzzles 16 May '20 07:39
1. venda
Dave
16 May '20 07:39
I don't understand this yet.I'll have to re read it but here goes:-
In the Nootropian secret service spy "x" only knows the identity of spy "y" if "x" is divisible by "y".In one section there are 18 spies including section chief 700, who knows the identity of all the spies in her section One of her spies is known to 8 other spies in the section(counting the chief spy but not the spy himself)
What is that spys code number
2. Ponderable
chemist
16 May '20 10:441 edit
@venda said
I don't understand this yet.I'll have to re read it but here goes:-
In the Nootropian secret service spy "x" only knows the identity of spy "y" if "x" is divisible by "y".In one section there are 18 spies including section chief 700, who knows the identity of all the spies in her section One of her spies is known to 8 other spies in the section(counting the chief spy but not the spy himself)
What is that spys code number
What you do is to find the product of primes which is: 1*2*2*5*5*7,

that gives the 18 numbers: 1,2,4,5,7,10,14,20,25,28,35,50,70,100,140,175,350,700(spymaster)

1 is kown to 17
2 is known to all even numbers: 4,10,14,20,28,50,70,100,140,350,700 (11)
4 is known to 20,28,100,140,700 (5)
5 is known to 10,20,25,35,50,70,100,140,175,350,700 (11)
7 is known to 14,28,35,70,140,175,350,700 (8)
10 is known to 20,50,70,100,140,350,700 (7)
14 is known to 28,70,140,700 (4)
20 is known to 100,140,700 (3)
25 is known to 50,100,175,350,700 (5)
28 is known to 140,700 (2)
35 is known to 70,140,350,700
50 is known to 100,350,700
70 is known to 140,1350,700

So the code number is 7.
3. venda
Dave
17 May '20 09:45
@ponderable said
What you do is to find the product of primes which is: 1*2*2*5*5*7,

that gives the 18 numbers: 1,2,4,5,7,10,14,20,25,28,35,50,70,100,140,175,350,700(spymaster)

1 is kown to 17
2 is known to all even numbers: 4,10,14,20,28,50,70,100,140,350,700 (11)
4 is known to 20,28,100,140,700 (5)
5 is known to 10,20,25,35,50,70,100,140,175,350,700 (11)
7 is known to 14,28,35, ...[text shortened]... 70,140,350,700
50 is known to 100,350,700
70 is known to 140,1350,700

So the code number is 7.
Yes, well done.
I suppose the clue in the question is 007!!
I got the "wrong end of the stick "so to speak and assumed 700 was the lowest number and came up with 560,000, which assumes some of the products of 700 aren't designated spy numbers
As I said before , I'm not great at these things!!
4. wolfgang59
surviving
17 May '20 10:42
@venda said
What is that spys code number
For a bonus point who stole the apostrophe?

Seriously though, thanks for these venda.
5. venda
Dave
17 May '20 12:13
@wolfgang59 said
For a bonus point who stole the apostrophe?

Seriously though, thanks for these venda.
Appreciate the feedback.
Thing is, I only buy the paper once a week so if they do daily ones I don't see them.
I hope I'm not infringing any copywright laws!!
There is a wordy one but I think it's a bit rubbish,mainly because I've not heard of 2 of the words!!
Someone else probably has, so here it is:-
Which is the odd one out?
6. C J Horse
A stable personality
17 May '20 16:12
@venda said
Appreciate the feedback.
Thing is, I only buy the paper once a week so if they do daily ones I don't see them.
I hope I'm not infringing any copywright laws!!
There is a wordy one but I think it's a bit rubbish,mainly because I've not heard of 2 of the words!!
Someone else probably has, so here it is:-
Which is the odd one out?
I would say cake, because you can put "Penny" in front of the others.
7. BigDoggProblem
Not entirely stable
17 May '20 16:37
@c-j-horse said
I would say cake, because you can put "Penny" in front of the others.

Probably some English cliche I am unaware of.
8. venda
Dave
17 May '20 17:51
@c-j-horse said
I would say cake, because you can put "Penny" in front of the others.
Correct.
Apparently you can put pound in front of cake and penny in front of the others.
I've never heard of a poundcake or penny dreadful so I looked them up.
A pound cake looks like a lemon cake to me, and penny dreadful is a tv series apparently.
9. HandyAndy
17 May '20 22:57
@wolfgang59 said
Seriously though, thanks for these venda.
Who stole the comma?
10. wolfgang59
surviving
17 May '20 23:28
@bigdoggproblem said

Probably some English cliche I am unaware of.
"Penny Dreadfuls" was the colloquial term for cheap weekly
publications of the 19th Century featuring outlandish adventure
stories aimed at the working class. They cost 1d. (One penny)
11. AThousandYoung
What kind are you?
20 May '20 18:53
@venda said
Correct.
Apparently you can put pound in front of cake and penny in front of the others.
I've never heard of a poundcake or penny dreadful so I looked them up.
A pound cake looks like a lemon cake to me, and penny dreadful is a tv series apparently.
Pound cake is made from a pound of flour, a pound of sugar, a pound of butter and a pound of eggs. It's dense.

A penny dreadful was a comic book that cost a penny in old times.
12. venda
Dave
23 May '20 07:43
This weeks number puzzle is not really very interesting but the word one isn't too bad.
As ever, I haven't looked at the answers yet so here goes:-
In Britain this column has nothing to do with four.In Spain it has nothing to do with 8. In Germany it has nothing to do with 12 but in Italy and France it is part of everything that counts.How is this?.
The "column" as it is every week is called Mindset by 700.
The word one:-
Which is the odd country out?
Denmark,Ghana,Norway,Portugal, St Lucia,Tunisia.
I've been to 4 of them, but I'm sure that's nothing to do with it!!
13. Ponderable
chemist
23 May '20 11:39
@venda said
This weeks number puzzle is not really very interesting but the word one isn't too bad.
As ever, I haven't looked at the answers yet so here goes:-
In Britain this column has nothing to do with four.In Spain it has nothing to do with 8. In Germany it has nothing to do with 12 but in Italy and France it is part of everything that counts.How is this?.
The "column" as it is eve ...[text shortened]... way,Portugal, St Lucia,Tunisia.
I've been to 4 of them, but I'm sure that's nothing to do with it!!
The odd country could be Ghana one only vocal in the name?
14. venda
Dave
23 May '20 15:36
@ponderable said
The odd country could be Ghana one only vocal in the name?
Don't understand what you mean by one only vocal.
I've not thought about it much myself yet.
I'll look at the answer when I think I have it, or give up in a day or so
15. 23 May '20 16:27
@venda

I think it's a typo - means one vowel (a) only. The others have more.

That certainly makes Ghana the odd one out, so is a valid answer. Don't much like this type of question, as it could be one of several possible answers