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## #1 2005-06-21 06:37:59

katecaroline
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### Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

This is a pretty simple problem that my math teacher showed me a few years ago, but I thought it was funny Try your luck!

You're given the symbols IX. Using any one symbol what would you have to add to it to equal 6?

Here's a little background information on Roman Numerals in case you don't know much about them:

Roman Numerals

Roman numerals are written as combinations of the seven letters in the table below. The letters can be written as capital (XVI) or lower-case letters (xvi).
Roman Numerals
I = 1     C = 100
V = 5     D = 500
X = 10     M = 1000
L = 50

If smaller numbers follow larger numbers, the numbers are added. If a smaller number precedes a larger number, the smaller number is subtracted from the larger. For example:

* VIII = 5+3 = 8
* IX = 10-1 = 9
* XL = 50-10 = 40
* XC = 100-10 = 90
* MCMLXXXIV = 1000+(1000-100)+50+30+(5-1) = 1984

Good luck

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## #2 2005-06-21 07:26:49

Zach
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Would this happen to be anything to do with manipluation of the roman symbols? I mean, by turing X into V and moving I, you can make 6.

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## #3 2005-06-21 07:35:02

katecaroline
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Haha nope Remeber it's ANY symbol.. keep a VERY open mind about this one. I hated my teacher after this one XD

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## #4 2005-06-21 09:54:12

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

BTW, you can convert from Roman to Decimal and vice versa at the bottom of this page

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## #5 2005-06-22 02:43:39

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Hee hee I know the anSwer...

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## #6 2005-06-22 08:36:13

Mr T
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

mathsyperson wrote:

Hee hee I know the anSwer...

...subtle mathsyperson, i was confused until ur comment

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## #7 2005-06-23 08:33:07

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Sorry, have I made it too obviouS?

By the way, I tried MIM on the numeral converter thingy, and it gave me 2001.

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## #8 2005-06-23 09:28:05

Milos
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Let's try putting V in the middle:
IVX = 10-(5-1)=6
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## #9 2005-06-24 03:46:54

mathsyperson
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

The numeral converter gives IVX as 14, but it's already been proven wrong once...

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## #10 2005-06-24 10:54:36

MathsIsFun
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Ohhhh? So I am expected to go in and fix the darn thing? Just because you lot like feeding it numbers that a 6 year old roman kid would get a clip around the ears for scratching down?

Harrumph!

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## #11 2005-06-24 19:37:56

MathsIsFun
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

OK fixed - if you enter "MIM" it gives back 1999.

For "IVX" it gives 4, which is I less than V less than X (you can argue whether that is right or not amongst yourselves!)

Enjoy! *departs with swish of cape*

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## #12 2005-06-25 11:40:27

katecaroline
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Lol, well IVX is indeed not the answer.. I think most of you already know it from mathsyperson's "unobvious" post, but I will tell you the answer if someone is still interested.

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## #13 2005-06-25 21:08:19

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Me!

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## #14 2005-06-27 04:22:42

katecaroline
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Alrighty. Heh heh it's somewhat corny, but the symbol you enter in front of IX is an S. Get it? S + IX = SIX. AHAHAHA gets me every time ^.^

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## #15 2005-06-27 10:00:40

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Aaarrgghh !

Very funny, kate caroline.

Got any more?

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## #16 2005-06-27 11:10:50

Zach
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

That was just evil.

Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

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## #17 2005-06-27 20:31:37

mathsyperson
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Look, I made the converter go crazy!

99999=MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMCMXCIX

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## #18 2005-06-27 21:26:39

Zach
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

The thing doesn't even have ten thousands or a hundred thousands!

Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

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## #19 2005-06-28 00:57:25

katecaroline
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Ahaha I know, I'm evil. *sigh* what can you do. Hrmmm I'll try and remeber some more my teacher gave us, they were all pretty awesome.

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## #20 2005-06-28 06:36:37

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

i must say that was purdy good

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## #21 2005-06-28 08:02:24

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Heehee! That was funny!

Does anyone want to hear the puzzle a friend told me today?

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## #22 2005-06-28 08:25:48

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

NO.

Only kidding, go on tell us we're all dying to know.

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## #23 2005-06-28 09:48:18

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

YES

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## #24 2005-06-28 09:51:11

Zach
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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

Yes is a word compromising of three letters leaning into a much more positive and affirmitive feel.

Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

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## #25 2005-06-28 14:05:04

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### Re: Roman Numeral Puzzle ;)

YES!

Well, now, I suppose it's two to one, stewie.

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