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#1 Lost in space

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 09:50 AM

Spoiler for Forbidden fruit !
If it takes a man a week to walk a fortnight how many apples make a pair?

Edited by Lost in space, 06 February 2008 - 09:51 AM.

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#2 Writersblock

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:45 PM

I disagree with your premise. If you need "identical" anything to define a pair, then you have just eliminated the word from practical usage. NOTHING has an exact identical. Shoes in a pair, for example, are far from identical and are purposefully NOT identical. The only meaningful measure of "identical" that a "pair" would need is a modifier that allows distinction from among "other." For example, if you have 10 oranges and 3 apples on a table and ask me to get a pair of apples, I will choose any 2. However if you have 4 granny smith apples and 4 fuji's, you either leave the term "pair" open to the hearer's discretion, or you must use a modifier to further limit the hearer's interpretation of your words - either a pair of reds or a pair of greens.

That being given, the answer for a pair is “two” for any group of things distinguishable, by any given characteristic, from among other things.
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:53 PM

On the other hand, if it does NOT take a man a week to walk a fortnight,
then any answer makes a valid implication. B))

Three apples, or none at all.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 03:27 AM

Well geez ... if I reckoned that I could walk a fortnight in half a fortnight, then I would probably reckon that I could have a pair of apples with only 1 apple and hey, while I'm on a roll, I reckon first thing in the morning I'll tell the boss to cut my schedule in half and I'm reckonin' he'll still pay me the same. :D
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#5 Lost in space

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 09:51 AM

Spoiler for Forbidden fruit !
If it takes a man a week to walk a fortnight how many apples make a pair?


Writers block you have'nt got, and you are going a little deep.

Spoiler for Clue if you need it!


Remember, if you purchase a travel ticket to go around the world the last half of the journey is coming back. Would a return fair from a given destination be cheaper - that's also a clue.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 10:04 AM

On the other hand, if it does NOT take a man a week to walk a fortnight,
then any answer makes a valid implication. B))

Three apples, or none at all.


What? This isn't trivial pursuit were most answers are none, ( and most questions are What? Instead of Which? )

Edited by Lost in space, 07 February 2008 - 10:07 AM.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 02:56 PM

You claim that it takes a man 1 week to walk 2 weeks, so either everything only counts for half of this man and the answer is 1, or that is just extraneous information and the answer is still 2.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 10:17 PM

Yes, I see that I connected your "hint" and question based upon an assumption. Sorry 'bout that.

I'd say that if the week and the pair are the operative measures, then for this man, 4 apples make a pair.
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#9 Lost in space

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:13 PM

Yes, I see that I connected your "hint" and question based upon an assumption. Sorry 'bout that.

I'd say that if the week and the pair are the operative measures, then for this man, 4 apples make a pair.


Interesting thought!
Spoiler for Switch to your computer!




or use Fermats last theorium. That may work?
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:52 PM

I think my replies may add to the confusion, the origianl post will hit you in the face if you see it - forget about the maths.
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