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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    How the ford is 40 the "obvious" answer?

    The two "obvious" answers are 19 and 96.
    I got 40 in a few minutes but still can't find 96.

    Please no one ruin it.
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    Ahhh. 96.

    I was squinting and cursing. "It's 92.... where are they getting.... ohhhhhh"
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    Oh, I see how you get 40.

    And I flatly object to the claim that, "Its a math problem that has two legitimate answers ...."


    It's not a "math problem". It's an ill-defined sequence of symbols. And 40 is a tenuous response. If the 4+7 line had been included, then what would be the "answer"? Not 40.

    (I thought boontito was joking when he posted it first.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Oh, I see how you get 40.

    And I flatly object to the claim that, "Its a math problem that has two legitimate answers ...."


    It's not a "math problem". It's an ill-defined sequence of symbols. And 40 is a tenuous response. If the 4+7 line had been included, then what would be the "answer"? Not 40.

    (I thought boontito was joking when he posted it first.)
    Nope, there are two legitimate answers depending on how you work the problem.

    You have to think outside of the box on this one.

    And yes, the other answer is 96.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Nope, there are two legitimate answers depending on how you work the problem.

    You have to think outside of the box on this one.

    And yes, the other answer is 96.

    40 is not "legitimate".

    And it's not a "math problem".

    It's an awkwardly formulated pattern recognition trick. If you get 40, then you missed the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    Oh, I see how you get 40.

    And I flatly object to the claim that, "Its a math problem that has two legitimate answers ...."


    It's not a "math problem". It's an ill-defined sequence of symbols. And 40 is a tenuous response. If the 4+7 line had been included, then what would be the "answer"? Not 40.

    (I thought boontito was joking when he posted it first.)
    Sure. It's not a "math problem", it's a "number puzzle".

    *Edit. Ah. Sorry. I get you guys. 40 is actually incorrect. It's a red herring.



    Jeez.

    This one just keeps giving, doesn't it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    40 is not "legitimate".

    And it's not a "math problem".

    It's an awkwardly formulated pattern recognition trick. If you get 40, then you missed the trick.
    Well don't play then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Sure. It's not a "math problem", it's a "number puzzle".
    ^^This^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    40 is not "legitimate".

    And it's not a "math problem".

    It's an awkwardly formulated pattern recognition trick. If you get 40, then you missed the trick.
    Took me a while to figure out how anyone got "40."
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