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  1. #361
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    I think there was a problem in the quoting, but it appears to be fixed now.

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    It looks fine to me now. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    I'll take that as a cue to post another poser:

    There are several English words that contain all the 5 vowels. Can you name some of them? (The answer I've got has seven such words.)
    abstemious (all in order, and with the y in abstemiously)
    edacious
    graciousness

    (I presume your list doesn't include inflections like facetiousness, abstemiousness etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishman
    Okay, could somebody show how to set up and work the math problem?
    I just did it with pencil and paper (and with a bit of number-crunching from my desktop calculator).

    Time Elapsed......Number of People in the Know

    0:00....................1 = 1
    0:30....................1 + 4 = 5
    1:00....................1 + 4 + 16 = 21
    1:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 = 85
    2:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 = 341
    2:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 = 1,365
    3:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 = 5,461
    3:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 = 21,845
    4:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 = 87,381
    4:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 349,525
    5:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 1,398,101
    5:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 5,592,405
    6:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 22,369,621
    6:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 89,478,485
    7:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 357,913,941
    7:30....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 1,431,655,765
    8:00....................1 + 4 + 16 + 64 + 256 + 1024 + 4096 + 16384 + 65536 + etc = 5,726,623,061

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    I'll take that as a cue to post another poser:

    There are several English words that contain all the 5 vowels. Can you name some of them? (The answer I've got has seven such words.)
    The "official" list is:

    Education, Euphoria, Precarious, Pneumonia, Ambidextrous, Adventitious and Unequivocal

    Obviously there are plenty more.
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    Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
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    Not far apart at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Two vertical 750 ft posts
    Big posts. Really big posts.

    ... have a 1000 ft rope stretched between
    Stretched?

    ... their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
    Not to scale:

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    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
    Doh!

    They've got to be right next to each other - no distance at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF
    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Two vertical 750 ft posts have a 1000 ft rope stretched between their top most points. The rope sags to within 250 ft from the ground. How far apart are the posts?
    Doh!

    They've got to be right next to each other - no distance at all.
    And how much math did you do before you realized that?

    What three letter word best completes the below
    words?

    ...EW
    B...ET
    FL...
    C...ET
    M...

    (The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    What three letter word best completes the below
    words?

    ...EW
    B...ET
    FL...
    C...ET
    M...

    (The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)
    Don't ask me.
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    And how much math did you do before you realized that?
    I just thought about it for a second or so. I was reaching for a pad of paper when I figured it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    What three letter word best completes the below
    words?

    ...EW
    B...ET
    FL...
    C...ET
    M...

    (The ... must be replaced by the same three letters in each case and must also be a word on its own.)
    ask
    [Edit: oops! Just realized 01101001 got it before me!]

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    What English words (all acceptable in Scrabble) consist of nine letters but only one syllable?

    (I've found twelve in the dictionary)

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    I got strengths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    What English words (all acceptable in Scrabble) consist of nine letters but only one syllable?
    scratched
    stretched
    strengths
    straights
    staunched
    screeched
    screiched
    screighed
    skreighed
    schnorred
    strauchts
    straughts

    8)

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    The same five letters can be anagrammed into four different words that fill in the blanks in the sentence to make (somewhat) good sense. What are the missing words if the sentence is…
    ‘The farmer with hundreds of _ _ _ _ _ of land, deeply _ _ _ _ _ about the amount of rainfall, and _ _ _ _ _ around with artificial watering systems when the ground is dry enough to _ _ _ _ _ him about the possibility of crop failure.’
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    The same five letters can be anagrammed into four different words that fill in the blanks in the sentence to make (somewhat) good sense. What are the missing words if the sentence is…
    ‘The farmer with hundreds of acres of land, deeply cares about the amount of rainfall, and races around with artificial watering systems when the ground is dry enough to scare him about the possibility of crop failure.’

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    Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

    The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******

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    The patient surgeon was patient to operate because he had (a) patient?

    Seems repetitive and had to be modified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

    The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
    May spaces intrude?

    The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
    0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001
    May spaces intrude?

    The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
    You should get it just because I think that answer was brilliant. =D>

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001
    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

    The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
    May spaces intrude?

    The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
    You've got it - Eroica just needed to phrase the puzzle a little better.
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    Four people are sitting around a campfire after a long day of recreation, when one man comments: "Do you realize that around this campfire, the four of us include a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle and a couple cousins"?.
    If everyone is related by blood (with no unusual marriages) how is this possible?
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    a brother and a sister and their two children?

    Chuck and Susan are brother and sister. They have a child each, Tina and Billy.

    That gives us:

    C/S brother sister
    C/T Father daughter
    S/B mother son
    T/B cousins
    C/B Uncle, nephew
    S/T Aunt, niece

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001
    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    Same idea, but this time the same seven-letter word is required each time!

    The ******* surgeon was ******* to operate because he had *******
    May spaces intrude?

    The notable surgeon was not able to operate because he had no table.
    =D>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musashi
    a brother and a sister and their two children?

    Chuck and Susan are brother and sister. They have a child each, Tina and Billy.

    That gives us:

    C/S brother sister
    C/T Father daughter
    S/B mother son
    T/B cousins
    C/B Uncle, nephew
    S/T Aunt, niece
    Looks good to me!
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    Another one from my puzzle calendar:

    Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).
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    Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).
    DOLT and GROW

    MOLT and PROW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eroica
    Can you think of a four-letter word which, if you advance each letter in the word alphabetically by three, forms another four-letter word? For example, A becomes D, B become E, and so on, so that BEAD would become EHDG (obviously not the answer).
    DOLT and GROW

    MOLT and PROW
    Wow! Neither of those are the answer he gives!
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