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## #1 2006-01-26 11:38:39

angeleyes01
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Registered: 2006-01-21
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### Puzzle

ONE PLUS FIVE MINUS
SIX PLUS TWENTY TWO
DIVIDED BY TWO

I have had one of these before but could not do it either.
I know it's not 11.
I think there is roman numerals and they might even class the L's as upside down 7's and the S's as 5's.But you need the total number
This is a competition
if someone can give me the correct answer  and i win i shall share some of the prize.

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## #2 2006-01-28 16:22:36

gigemboy
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### Re: Puzzle

I get 4725.... when taking into account the roman numerals...
ONE PLUS FIVE MINUS
SIX PLUS TWENTY TWO
DIVIDED BY TWO
L = 50
I = 1
V = 5
M = 1000
I = 1
I = 1
X = 10
L = 50
D = 500
I = 1
V = 5
I = 1
D = 500
D = 500
D = 500
D = 500
L = 50
L = 50
M = 1000

TOTAL = 4725

Funny thing is... add 11 (total you get by doing it word by word left-to-right, 1+5-6+22/2) to that and you get 4736, 36 being the total you get by adding up all of the text numbers printed (one + five + six + twenty-two + two)... is that coincidence?

And add 4736 numbers up (4 + 7 + 3 + 6), you get 20, the number of total syllables in the riddle (4 lines of 5 syllables each = 20 syllables)

Add 36 to 4736 (in order to add up ALL the possible values), since before we just added 11, you get (4725 + 11 + 36) which equals 4772. Adding those four digits up, you also get 20 (4 + 7 + 7 + 2)...

So maybe the supreme answer is.... 20...

**EDIT - Also note that you can get 20 if you use put in a few order of operations... like below:
(1 + 5 - 6) + 20(2 / 2) = 20... of course I was trying to make 20 some way out of that... since 20 seems to be a recurring theme

Last edited by gigemboy (2006-01-28 16:44:01)

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## #3 2006-01-30 13:39:45

angeleyes01
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## #4 2006-02-10 14:59:29

gigemboy
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### Re: Puzzle

can you explain???

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