I get 4725.... when taking into account the roman numerals...

ONE P**L**US F**IV**E **MI**NUS

S**IX** P**L**US TWENTY TWO

**DIVID**E**D** BY TWO

A**DD** A**LL** THE NU**M**BERS.

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 (2006-01-29 15:44:01)*