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Best Answer Thalia, 16 February 2013 - 08:06 AM

Spoiler for I think this is more of a bunch of statements than proof but here goes. . .

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#1 bonanova

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:36 AM

This is a participatory puzzle. You must participate.

 

Write down three consecutive integers. There is no restriction, but your workload will be lighter if you pick small ones. Seriously. Write them down. I will wait.

 

Cube them - that will give you three larger, nonconsecutive integers. Now add their digits. Example: one of your original integers was 347. Remember I said it would be easier to use smaller ones? But does anyone listen any more?  3473 is 41,781,923. 4+1+7+8+1+9+2+3 = 35.  Keep going.  3+5 = 8. OK now you can stop.

 

Do this for each of your three integers. Order the results, largest to smallest, to form a new three-digit number. Great job! You're all done. Except, now you have to read the spoiler.

 

Spoiler for Please read this now

 

Your task is to debunk the rumor that I am psychic. Should not be hard.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:06 AM   Best Answer

Spoiler for I think this is more of a bunch of statements than proof but here goes. . .


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

This is a participatory puzzle. You must participate.
 
Write down three consecutive integers. There is no restriction, but your workload will be lighter if you pick small ones. Seriously. Write them down. I will wait.
 
Cube them - that will give you three larger, nonconsecutive integers. Now add their digits. Example: one of your original integers was 347. Remember I said it would be easier to use smaller ones? But does anyone listen any more?  3473 is 41,781,923. 4+1+7+8+1+9+2+3 = 35.  Keep going.  3+5 = 8. OK now you can stop.
 
Do this for each of your three integers. Order the results, largest to smallest, to form a new three-digit number. Great job! You're all done. Except, now you have to read the spoiler.
 

Spoiler for Please read this now

 
Your task is to debunk the rumor that I am psychic. Should not be hard.


Spoiler for i am confused
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

This is a participatory puzzle. You must participate.
 
Write down three consecutive integers. There is no restriction, but your workload will be lighter if you pick small ones. Seriously. Write them down. I will wait.
 
Cube them - that will give you three larger, nonconsecutive integers. Now add their digits. Example: one of your original integers was 347. Remember I said it would be easier to use smaller ones? But does anyone listen any more?  3473 is 41,781,923. 4+1+7+8+1+9+2+3 = 35.  Keep going.  3+5 = 8. OK now you can stop.
 
Do this for each of your three integers. Order the results, largest to smallest, to form a new three-digit number. Great job! You're all done. Except, now you have to read the spoiler.
 

Spoiler for Please read this now

 
Your task is to debunk the rumor that I am psychic. Should not be hard.

Spoiler for i am confused
.

You're right.
The integers must be positive.

Good catch.
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