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#1 bonanova

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 08:32 AM

When Davey and the boys burst into Morty's last night, they found
Alex over in the corner, scribbling on a sheet of paper. Wonder what
he's up to tonight, said Jaimie. I'm almost finished, came the reply,
pour me an O'Doule's and I'll be right over.

Now, I know this infinity stuff scares the b'jesus outta you boys,
so I promise to stay away from it, at least for tonight.

It's a simple puzzle, really. Ya know how some words start or
end
with the sound of a number? Well here's 16 of them.

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For example the word GREAT might be represented as [G][R][8].
You get the idea. So there's sixteen numbers here, but when
you've found them, that's only part of it.

The real puzzle is what to do with them afterward.

Ya know how I don't like to give all that many clues, but I will
say this: 16 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 4.

When you've figured that out, you'll have a single number,
and as promised, it won't be infinity. I'd stand on my head
before going there again. At least for tonight. ;)

Tell me the single number, and you win.

Edited to clarify the "number sounds" either begin or end the word.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:16 AM

do all of the numbers fit in the start and end cos i have some that are in the middle.
so far i have
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:10 AM

do all of the numbers fit in the start and end cos i have some that are in the middle.
so far i have

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Yes.

The words either begin or end with a number sound.
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:19 PM

Shouldn't #4 be 7 boxes for calcul8 instead of 6 boxes?
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:20 PM

Here's what I have so far:

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Based on that, I am guessing the single magic number is:
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:30 PM

i can't figure out "from the crowd"
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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:43 PM

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 05:39 AM

Better descriptions for two of the numbers:

from the crowd --> nobody in particular
renounce anger --> remove condemnation

that should correct one of them.

Then, remember the clue, and ...
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Posted 21 October 2007 - 05:38 AM

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 10:45 AM

A spoiler is buried in the OP.
It may identify the number, but to win you have to find it from the grid results.

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