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#11 bonanova

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 05:02 PM

Ooo I know...
Spoiler Is NO Fun... The answer is >>>

The gold is the 1 lb lead which is painted with the color gold... Duh??
If im wrong then i have no clue wat so ever....


Nope.

We need a means by which Alex becomes rich.

Answer tomorrow; today's hint:

The King had his Royal Department of Weights and Measures weigh the lead Alex received each day, and weigh the gold Alex returned each morning.

If they both weighed exactly 1 pound, how could Alex have kept any of the gold?
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:49 AM

your Trojan horse hint definitely pointed to the last answer given about painting the lead golden...

so he shaved off some of the gold maybe... and the scales in those days were sucky, and couldnt measure micrograms? lol


can I ask you a question: is the gold he returns PURE 100% gold? I.e. its not Pyrite, like i suggested, or the lead painted with gold leaf or paint, etc?

Would lead 'expand' in the making of gold? Nobody knows since you cant do it and it would be really ****** to make up your own imaginary chemical outcomes and such. So it probably isnt something chemical like lead making more gold than its weight... is it?
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 04:34 AM

Nothing so tricky as all that - no paint, etc.

The alchemist's goal was always to turn each atom of lead
directly into an atom of gold. There may be a small difference
in the weights of those atoms, but that's not the way Alex
made his fortune.

Here's how it worked.
Spoiler for ...

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:15 PM

+ 6% for the alchemical conversion of the mole.

A pound of lead converted in either system would make 1.06 pounds of gold.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 10:04 PM

Alex didn't realize that; so to be fair, he should get his 18%
and you should get the other 6% -- about $670 a day ...
that sound alright?
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 12:06 AM

Sounds good to me! How do I collect?
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:05 AM

Sounds good to me! How do I collect?

Not sure. Alex isn't answering his phone since the story broke.
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