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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member Natural Science
    blunderer of pawns
    06 Oct '06 02:51 / 1 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. Standard member IM4Y2NV
    Dadohalic
    06 Oct '06 02:54 / 2 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. Standard member Natural Science
    blunderer of pawns
    06 Oct '06 10:43 / 1 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. Donation 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.
  8. 06 Oct '06 17:58 / 1 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 theory
  9. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 Oct '06 18:41 / 1 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 course
  10. Donation Pawnokeyhole
    Krackpot Kibitzer
    06 Oct '06 20:37
    Originally posted by lausey
    I think the answer is 5.
    Sorry, not correct.
  11. Donation 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 course
    This is a prime example of a difficult puzzle...
  12. 06 Oct '06 23:27 / 1 edit
    i do believe the answer is...7?
  13. Donation 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. Donation Pawnokeyhole
    Krackpot Kibitzer
    07 Oct '06 21:03 / 1 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).