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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2015 edited
     
    Rules are simple. You give someone a riddle and they have to guess the password. Example:
    The Universe, and Everything
    (one word)
    Answer: life

    I'll start. PLEASE put your answer in a SPOILER. To make a spoiler: [s!poiler=title!]text here[/spoi!ler!] (remove the !s)

    I am one of sixteen, one of eight of my color. I work as a team, and am often sacrificed. My goal is to be promoted.
    (one word)-----------------
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015 edited
     

    red?
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    Orange is my favorite number.
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      CommentAuthorBioManiac R2 (Moderator)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    I think you gave too many hints... I had basically figured it out with just the first two hints, the others just made it super obvious.
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    @Dude: I don't think I can take that as a correct answer.
    @Bio: Then make a spoiler with your guess-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorXyuzhg (Moderator)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015 edited
     
    To be honest, it's really quite obvious.
    (Chess) pawn.

    I think riddles are best written in rhyming couplets. So here's one from me:

    Fly fifty birds ’round one tin tree:
    A dance of pairs when two break free!

    (One word)

    Yes, I tried making it in iambic tetrameter.-----------------
    Hopefully PA is inconsistent.
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    I completely missed the chess connection...
    ALthough, i dont think anyone will be able to solve Xyuzhg's riddle becuase it was made by Xyuzhg.

    shooting something maybe? a gun? im clueless.-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    I think fifty birds is related to the fifty states of the USA. I'm clueless about the rest.
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    OH!
    Two break free? Hawaii and alaska aren't connected to the rest of the US! maybe that means something?-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorJodi850
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    Duck hunt!... Oh wait thats two words-----------------
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2015
     
    I've always sucked at riddles and puzzles. T_T
    Red was my honest guess. I thought it because you know how the color red often means the enemy team in games. :P-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2015
     
    When you connected red to getting sacrificed, I was thinking about the fact people wearing red shirts die the most often in Star Trek. :P

    I googled, and maybe that tin tree refers to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
    Anyway, Xyuzhg, can you give us another hint?
    • CommentAuthorXyuzhg (Moderator)
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2015
     
    I don't really think this needs a hint. Just Google the right terms, and with the help of a bit of basic education, the answer should come up pretty clearly.-----------------
    Hopefully PA is inconsistent.
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2015
     
    Xyuzhg, you're by far, the smartest person on here. What comes simple to you, is like cold fusion to us.
    Your opinion doesn't matter. xD
    Give us another hint!-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2015 edited
     
    Xyuzhg gave some more hints in the chat.

    The keywords were: fifty, tin and pairs.
    In the periodic table, tin is the 50th element.

    I can't explain the rest that well, so here's the chat log:

    ‹Xyuzhg› When electrons exist in an atom, they do so arranged in shells, right?
    ‹Xyuzhg› Any student should know at least this.
    ‹Xyuzhg› But to be more specific, they are arranged in electron orbitals at specific energy levels.
    ‹Vanderwaal› The S orbital, the P orbital, etc?
    <Xyuzhg› Yep.
    ‹Xyuzhg› But we have that by the Pauli exclusion principle, no two electrons can share the exact same quantum values.
    ‹Xyuzhg› So in each orbital we have at most two electrons - each with the same quantum number and angular momentum, but different spins.
    ‹Xyuzhg› Hence we have pairs.
    ‹Xyuzhg› But in the neutral tin atom, only 48 of these actually exist in pairs.
    ‹Xyuzhg› The last two exist in 5p orbitals.
    ‹Xyuzhg› But by Hund\'s rule, they each experience repulsion from each other and hence do not occupy the same orbital.
    ‹Xyuzhg› They hence exist in two different 5p orbitals.
    ‹Xyuzhg› So when you remove the two - let them "break free" - you end up with an ion with electrons existing only in pairs.
    ‹Xyuzhg› Funnily enough, this corresponds precisely to one of the main oxidation states of tin - the +2 oxidation state.


    Electron

    I'm not that good with poetry or riddles myself, but here's mine:

    All I do is ask.
    Giving it is someone else his task.
    But the more they provide,
    the further down I glide.
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2015
     
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2015
     
    No. Nice try.
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015 edited
     
    Earth? You know, in the Hitchhiker's Guide, Earth is a supercomputer for calculating the Ultimate Question.
    EDIT: No? Ok... how about a riddle? Like, "riddle" is my answer.-----------------
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015
     
    Nope. I'll give one hint: it's related to a subject some people call a dismal science.
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015
     
    Dismal science? Never heard of such a thing.-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    A bird?-----------------
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      CommentAuthorTapir
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     

    doctor?
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    My phyards: Tapir@phyard
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015 edited
     
    No and no.

    I'll just tell the answer.

    The demand curve from economics
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    Ah, I see! Supply vs. demand. The more things you supply, the less demand or something. Probably has something to do with price.

    Ok, here's mine. It's a number that's not 42 or pi:


    A quite weird number, and not a valid time.
    Add or subtract 3, you will get a prime.
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    76-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    Incorrect, but good guess!-----------------
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015 edited
     
    Oh, that's easy.

    14
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    Orange is my favorite number.
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    Guys, the "Add or subtract 3, you will get a prime" is not the only clue I gave you!-----------------
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015
     
    Since when is 14 a valid time?-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015
     
    X:14?
    14 can be in the minutes.

    I guess 64-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015
     
    Yeah, well, I gave three clues. Are you ready to give up or what?-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015
     
    quite a weird number is very subjective.

    the ones digit is clearly either a 4 or a 6.-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    All primes except 2 and 5 end in 1, 3, 7, or 9. So that means if the number in question is not 8 (and it isn't), the possibilities are:
    0: 50 - 3 = 47, 50 + 3 = 53
    4: 34 - 3 = 31, 34 + 3 = 37
    6: 56 - 3 = 53, 56 + 3 = 59

    Also, there is a mathematical definition of weird. It's not subjective at all. Google/Wikipedia it.-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    oh, i missed 0, my bad.

    the answer is 70 then.-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    Yay! It's 70.

    Who's going to do the next one?-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    the site i actually looked on for the definition of wierd gave 70 as an example, i and just figured, the possibilitiy that there would be another number in a similar number range that ends in 0,4, or 6 is just too low, so it had to be 70.-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    My turn!
    What is this formula I made?

    n^x = (n-1)^x + xn[(n-1)^x-2] + (2x-5)-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    wrong?-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2015
     
    lol nope!
    it does work for what its intended for :p-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    So...
    True???-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
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      CommentAuthorBioManiac R2 (Moderator)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    It's math!
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    let me rephrase the question:
    what can the formula be used for?-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorVanderwaal
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    For math!
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    be a BIT more specific... :P
    i actually thought you guys, or at least math, would have this by now :o-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    Equation, problem, input/output, rule, pattern, incline, algebra?-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    well, i made a mistke becuase im not used to omline math...
    it should actually be:
    n^x = (n-1)^x + xn[(n-1)^(x-2)] + (2x-5)

    that works

    also, xyuzhg and vanderwaal cannot answer becuase reasons in chat thingy.-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorMathdude314 (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    Calculus?-----------------
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    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2015
     
    DERP
    no-----------------
    puzzled
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      CommentAuthorTheDudeFromCI (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2015
     
    Derivative?-----------------
    Orange is my favorite number.
    • CommentAuthorpuzzle geek (Advanced Member)
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2015
     
    Guys! Your looking for what the PURPOSE of the formula is!-----------------
    puzzled