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Familiar numbers puzzle

  1. Oct 27, 2005 #1

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    This is a fun little puzzle a friend sent me a while back. It's all abbreviations for recognizable quantities of things, for instance, # 0 is 24 hours in a day. At one point my friend and I worked them all out but there's a few I may have forgotten. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy these. :smile: Here are the first 10, when these are answered I will post more:

    0) 24 H in a D (24 Hours in a Day)

    1) 26 L of the A
    2) 7 D of the W
    3) 7 W of the W
    4) 12 S of the Z
    5) 66 B of the B
    6) 52 C in a P (WJs)
    7) 13 S in the USF
    8) 18 H on a G C
    9) 39 B of the O T
    10) 5 T on a F

    p.s. white text is nice if you don't want to spoil the fun for others
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2005 #2

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    1) 26 Letters of the Alphabet
    2) 7 Days of the Week
    3) 7 Wonders of the World
    4) 12 Signs of the Zodiac
    5) 66 Books of the Bible
    6) 52 Cards in a Pack (With Jokers)
    7) 13 Stars in the US Flag
    8) 18 Holes in a Golf Course
    9) 39 Books of the Old Testament
    10 ?
     
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  4. Oct 27, 2005 #3

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    Letters of the Alphabet
    Days of the Week
    Wonders of the World
    Signs of the Zodiac
    Bones of the Body (<- guess)
    Cards in a Pack (Without Jokers)
    Strips in the US Flag
    Holes on a Golf Course
    Books of the Old Testament (<- guess)
    Toes on a Foot
     
  5. Oct 28, 2005 #4

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    Excellent! Together you got them all! :smile:

    26 Letters of the Alphabet
    7 Days of the Week
    7 Wonders of the World
    12 Signs of the Zodiac
    66 Books of the Bible
    52 Cards in a Pack (Without Jokers)
    13 Stripes in the United States Flag
    18 Holes on a golf course
    39 Books of the Old Testament
    5 Toes on a Foot
     
  6. Oct 28, 2005 #5

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    Here's the next group:

    11) 90 D in a R A
    12) 3 B M (S H T R)
    13) 32 is the T in D F at which W F
    14) 15 P in a R T
    15) 3 W on a T
    16) 100 C in a R
    17) 11 P in a F (S) T
    18) 12 M in a Y
    19) 13=UFS
    20) 8 T on a O
    some of these I don't remember! :bugeye:
     
  7. Oct 28, 2005 #6
    Are these right?
     
  8. Oct 28, 2005 #7

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    yes, but #19 is a strange one.
     
  9. Oct 28, 2005 #8

    11) 90 Degrees in a Right Angle
    12) 3 Blind Mice (See How They Run)
    13) 32 is the Temperature in Degrees Farenheit at which Water Freezes
    14) 15 P in a R T ????
    15) 3 Wheels on a Tricycle
    16) 100 C in a R ????
    17) 11 P in a F (S) T ????
    18) 12 Months in a Year
    19) 13=UFS ???? (13 is unlucky for sure?)
    20) 8 Tentacles on an Octopus (not same as asked)
     
  10. Oct 28, 2005 #9

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    Nice work. You got 11,12,13, 15, 18 and 20!
    You are so-o-o-o close on #19! Just change one word.

    14, 15, and 17 are still unsolved..

    14) 15 P in a R T
    16) 100 C in a R
    17) 11 P in a F (S) T

    For a couple of these, we need some British sporty-types to come by...
     
  11. Oct 28, 2005 #10

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    Note -- to my ear it sounds better to say:

    15 P on a R T
    and
    11 P on a F (S) T

    I am not sure why the puzzle authors wrote it this way. :confused:
     
  12. Oct 28, 2005 #11
    Then question 20 was asked incorrectly:

    8 T on a O

    should be

    8 T on an O.

    Your clue about the British sports is too revealing:

    14) 15 Players in a Rugby Team
    17) 11 Players in a Football (Soccer) Team
     
  13. Oct 28, 2005 #12

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    I agree. I left it as the authors had it though.

    14 and 17 are correct!
     
  14. Oct 28, 2005 #13

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    1) 26 letters of the alphabet
    2) 7 days of the week
    3) 7 wonders of the world
    4) 12 signs of the zodiac
    5) 66 books of the Bible?
    6) 52 cards in a pokerdeck (without jokers)
    7) 13 stripes in the US Flag
    8) 18 holes on a golf course
    9) 39 books of the Old Testament
    10) 5 toes on a foot
     
  15. Oct 28, 2005 #14

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    we'll have to think up some tougher ones for you, Bob! :smile: Care to take a shot at #16?

    100 C in a R

    I'm willing to bet money that someone is going to get this soon...:wink:
     
  16. Oct 28, 2005 #15

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    11) 90 degrees in a right angle
    12) 3 blind mice (see how they run)
    13) 32 is the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit at which water freezes
    14)
    15)
    16)
    17)
    18) 12 months in a year
    19) 13=unlucky for some
    20) 8 tips on an octagon?

    I have to think about the other four.
     
  17. Oct 28, 2005 #16

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    You've solved # 19, Bob!
    That's an interesting answer for #20 - this must be one of the few that have multiple solutions.
     
  18. Oct 30, 2005 #17
    this is the only one that i can guess of which nobody else has teh same answer.
    8 tentacles on an octapus
     
  19. Oct 31, 2005 #18
    100 colours in a rainbow?
    or 100 celcius in a room - think thats definatly wrong
    100 centuries in a r...
     
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  20. Oct 31, 2005 #19

    16) 100 Cents in a Rand
    (South African Currency)
     
  21. Oct 31, 2005 #20

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    Jimmy's got it!
     
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