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#1 spoxjox

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:35 AM

"This sentence contains ten words, eighteen syllables, and sixty-four letters."

The above sentence describes itself. Who can complete the sentence:

"This sentence contains AA words, BB syllables, CC letters, DD spaces, EE commas, and FF period."

(HINT: FF = 1 )

Extra credit:

"This sentence contains () a's, () b's, () c's, ... () y's, and () z's."
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#2 spoxjox

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 07:46 AM

By the way, numbers must be spelled out (else where's the challenge?).
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#3 spoxjox

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 12:35 AM

No takers? Come on, it's actually quite easy! Really! Give it a good try before you peek at my answer (which includes the number of hyphens, just for fun):
Spoiler for hint

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#4 unreality

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 02:21 AM

does 2 letters mean 2 digits?
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#5 spoxjox

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:11 AM

does 2 letters mean 2 digits?

No, not necessarily. I just used two letters so people would realize I was using them as a placeholder rather than a letter. (If you use "one", you will want to change the plural noun to a singular; for example, "one comma" instead of "one commas".)
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#6 spoxjox

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:16 AM

Using variations (e.g. "This sentence has..." instead of "This sentence contains...") will give you different answers, as will including more, or fewer, categories.

You can also "cheat" by saying something like, "This sentence contains AA words, BB syllables, CC letters, <whatever else>, and one mispeled word.", misspelling "mispeled" however you need to in order to make your letter count come out correctly. Cheap trick, but fun. ;)
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:04 AM

So it's easy to start -
Spoiler for just


Then it gets a little tricky.

Do you mean number of letters total, or number of letters used regardless of frequency?
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#8 spoxjox

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:57 PM

Do you mean number of letters total, or number of letters used regardless of frequency?

Total number of letters, not unique letters. For example, "letter" has six letters and should be counted as six.
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 11:19 AM

I'm pretty sure of this answer...


Spoiler for Here goes nothing...


PS: Writersblock, you missed a tiny little thing in your assumption I think. (Spaces)
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:18 PM

"This sentence contains AA words, BB syllables, CC letters, DD spaces, EE commas, and FF period."

Here's a stab at it:

"This sentence contains TWENTY-THREE words, THIRTY-NINE syllables, ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-ONE letters, TWENTY spaces, THREE hyphens, SIX commas, and ONE period."

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