# What's the password?

Natural Science
Posers and Puzzles 06 Oct '06 02:51
1. Natural Science
blunderer of pawns
06 Oct '06 02:511 edit
A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system , and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says, "6". The man replies "3", and is granted access. Shortly after that, another man approaches. The bouncer says "12". The man replies, "6", and the bouncer lets him pass.

The man in the shadows now thinks he's seen enough to know how the system works. He confidently approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says to him, "10". He replies, "5". The bouncer stands defiantly and does not allow him to pass.

What should the man's reply have been?
2. IM4Y2NV
Dadohalic
06 Oct '06 02:542 edits
Originally posted by Natural Science
A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system , and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says, "6". The man replies "3 efiantly and does not allow him to pass.

What should the man's reply have been?
3. 06 Oct '06 09:28
Is it something related with the English pronouncing: 3 like tree, 6 like sex ? I can not find something similar for 12....
4. 06 Oct '06 09:36
More likely it's the number of letters: six consists of 3 letter, twelve of 6, and ten of 3 once again. So, maybe 3 is the answer.
5. Natural Science
blunderer of pawns
06 Oct '06 10:431 edit
Aw, come on! Say it with confidence, man! Yeah, you got it, ilywrin. I even consciously avoided typing out the written words of the numbers, because I thought that might give a hint.

Edit: Just had a look at the composition on your profile. It was starting to give me serious doubts about my status as a chess player, before I found the solution. Nice one.
6. Pawnokeyhole
Krackpot Kibitzer
06 Oct '06 14:46
Originally posted by Natural Science
Aw, come on! Say it with confidence, man! Yeah, you got it, ilywrin. I even consciously avoided typing out the written words of the numbers, because I thought that might give a hint.

Edit: Just had a look at the composition on your profile. It was starting to give me serious doubts about my status as a chess player, before I found the solution. Nice one.
HERE'S A HARDER ONE.

A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system, and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says "1". The man replies "3", and is granted access.

Shortly after that, another man approaches. The bouncer says "2". The man replies "5", and is granted access.

Shortly after that, another man approaches. The bouncer says "3". The man replies "4", and is granted access.

Shortly after that, another man approaches. The bouncer says "4". The man replies "5", and is granted access.

The man in the shadows now thinks he's seen enough to know how the system works. He confidently approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says to him, "5".

What should he say to be granted access?
7. 06 Oct '06 17:49
Originally posted by Pawnokeyhole
HERE'S A HARDER ONE.

A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system, and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says "1". Th ...[text shortened]... . The bouncer says to him, "5".

What should he say to be granted access?
I think the answer is 5. ðŸ™‚
8. 06 Oct '06 17:581 edit
Originally posted by Pawnokeyhole
HERE'S A HARDER ONE.

A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system, and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says "1". Th . The bouncer says to him, "5".

What should he say to be granted access?
oh sorry wrong theoryðŸ™‚
9. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
06 Oct '06 18:411 edit
Originally posted by Pawnokeyhole
HERE'S A HARDER ONE.

A man is trying to gain access into a new nightclub. He knows that there is a password system, and that you must give the correct response to the bouncer to be granted access. He hangs back in the shadows, to see if he can get a hint at how the password sytem works.

Another man approaches the bouncer. The bouncer says "1". Th . The bouncer says to him, "5".

What should he say to be granted access?
Sorry, thougth I was onto something, didn't work. Back to the drawing board (my chess games of courseðŸ™‚
10. Pawnokeyhole
Krackpot Kibitzer
06 Oct '06 20:37
Originally posted by lausey
I think the answer is 5. ðŸ™‚
Sorry, not correct.
11. Pawnokeyhole
Krackpot Kibitzer
06 Oct '06 20:38
Originally posted by sonhouse
Sorry, thougth I was onto something, didn't work. Back to the drawing board (my chess games of courseðŸ™‚
This is a prime example of a difficult puzzle...
12. 06 Oct '06 23:271 edit
i do believe the answer is...7?
13. Pawnokeyhole
Krackpot Kibitzer
07 Oct '06 13:12
Originally posted by liteswordatlitespeed
i do believe the answer is...7?
Also wrong!

I gave a cryptic clue in my last post...
14. 07 Oct '06 18:55
6? cuz i know its about prime numbers...but the 4 doesnt fit. so i guess 6.
15. Pawnokeyhole
Krackpot Kibitzer
07 Oct '06 21:031 edit
Originally posted by liteswordatlitespeed
6? cuz i know its about prime numbers...but the 4 doesnt fit. so i guess 6.
That's right!

The number stated by the bouncer specifies the ordinal position of the target prime number in the ascending sequence of primes (1=2, 2=3, 3=5, 4=7, 5=11); the number the customer replies corresponding to the number of that letters in the word for that prime number (e l e v e n = 6).