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July 15, 2005, 13:43
tinman
Riddle
Riddle: The following number is the only one of its kind. '8,549,176,320' Can you figure out what is so special about it?

Answer next Friday.

Tinman
July 19, 2005, 03:30
arnie
Write out the English words for all the numbers, in order:

Eight
Five
Four
Nine
One
Seven
Six
Three
Two
Zero

Look at all of the first letters. What order are they in? Smile


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July 19, 2005, 05:20
haberdasher
Indeed they are. As are

Friday
Monday
Saturday
Sunday
Thursday
Tuesday
Wednesday
July 19, 2005, 07:34
TrossL
The fact that the numbers are in order alphabetically does not make it unique though.
July 19, 2005, 08:55
BobHale
quote:
Originally posted by TrossL:
The fact that the numbers are in order alphabetically does not make it unique though.


Surely it does. It can be the only number that uses all the digits in alphabetical order. That's the definition of unique. It may however not make it noteworthy, that's more a matter of opinion.


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July 19, 2005, 10:06
haberdasher
There is also the converse riddle that goes

Here is a sequence:

O, T, T, F, F, S, ...

Can you give the next letter in the sequence? and the next? and the next? and the 87th?

[and btw can you do it without giving it away to other readers? :-) I guess the 87th by itself would do it.]

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July 19, 2005, 10:16
KHC
S, E, N......... and E....Smile
July 19, 2005, 13:46
Caterwauller
I can recite all the states of the US in alphabetical order. It's fun as a party trick, but not nearly as impressive as being able to tie a knot in a cherry stem without using your hands, while it's in your mouth. Wink

To continue what KHC started (there should be a T between her N and E):

T, T, F, F, S, S, . . . .


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July 19, 2005, 14:12
haberdasher
quote:
Originally posted by Caterwauller:
there should be a T between her N and E:
Actually, her E was the 87th letter in the sequence.

Although the 11th happens to be an E also.
July 19, 2005, 18:44
tinman
quote:
Originally posted by haberdasher:
... the more education you have, the harder it is to solve.

If that's true, I must be a blooming genius! I couldn't figure it out. I missed your big hint, "converse riddle." I didn't even understand it after the answer was given. I had to look it up.

Arnie easily got my riddle, so I don't need to post the answer. Actually, it wasn't my riddle. I got it off the internet.

Tinman
July 19, 2005, 18:57
Caterwauller
quote:
Actually, her E was the 87th letter in the sequence.

OH yes, of course!

I only know the answer because I've seen it before.


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July 26, 2005, 05:01
petergrabs
the "converse" or already the mentioning in the context of this thread totally gave that one away. what about the uniqueness of "8.315.906.742" or "5.289.476.310"?