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4. ## Simple classic puzzle on profit

I've not heard this one...but I'll take a stab:
5. ## Who can go the lowest?

I guess I took this question to be something different. Rather than just "what's the smallest positive value you can think of?" for which I would go with something like: 1-(3↑↑↑↑...↑↑3) or in other words: 1 over Graham's number (or simply "G")...but why stop there? why not go with 1/G↑↑↑↑↑↑↑...↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑G That interpretation of the OP isn't as interesting or fun because it just gets ridiculous... The way I took the original question was pick the smallest positive INTEGER that no one else picks...what is your strategy when up against 9 others doing the same (all allowed to pick however many tokens as they want)? So, if that's the case, it becomes a much more challenging problem. Obviously it doesn't make sense to purchase more than 9 tokens, as with 10 the BEST you could hope for is breaking even...I would probably purchase the following numbers (and my rationale next to them): 1 - I'm assuming I will lose this \$10, but maybe everyone else will think someone else picks this and therefore no one else does! 2 - Might as well try this one as well, but again, most likely will lose this \$10 as well... 7...ish - Some relatively low number that hopefully no one else picks...I would assume I'd lose this. 10 - Let's assume everyone buys their 9 tokens and picks 1-9...10 would be the first number that no one would pick... 16...ish - Again, some pretty low number, that's pretty much just a shot in the dark and you hope no one else picks it. 42 - If by some crazy chance everyone buys 9 tokens and all are duplicated, this is the lowest possible number that wouldn't be duplicated...plus isn't it really the answer to everything? At this point, I've already bet \$60 in hopes of winning \$100...and really, the odds are still not in my favor...so to me, it's not worth the risk and so my ultimate strategy would be to not play and "break even" :c)

9. ## Submitted for your perusal

This is either sheer madness or complete brilliance. It's a lot to read, and I've only briefly skimmed it because i don't know if I have that much time to dedicate to it, but I've definitely noticed a number things out of this that will start to relate each of the paragraphs and "poems" together as well as a number of random pieces of information. A few examples I found: It ends with an Irish Blessing (although it is missing the final piece: "May God hold you in the palm of His hand.") There is an entire section containing pieces of song lyrics (Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side, Leonard Cohen - The Future, Simon and Garfunkle - The sound of Silence, Schoolhouse Rock - Conjunction Junction, The Trashmen - Surfin Bird, Gorillaz - Empire Antz, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down the Dream, etc) There are repeated phrases or words that seem too coincidental across the paragraphs ("Four Seconds", "Military Bases", "Capital G God", etc) So, again, I'm not going to have time to spend digging into this, and i'm still not completely sure if it's actually worthwhile, but it definitely piques my interest and will be checking in on this one...
10. ## Thinking of a Number

Mind telling us (or PMing me) the answer? as it has been 6 months with no correct answers and the participation seems to have dwindled...

12. ## Crystal Problem

Isn't my answer above correct?

15. ## Bisecting a triangle

I'll take a quick stab at it:

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18. ## Thinking of a Number

Well then I've got nothing...closest I can think of that even relates to numbers is
19. ## Thinking of a Number

curious as to how obscure these are or even the pronunciation allowed for these. Here are some examples of what I would consider "valid", but probably not what you're looking for:

23. ## Thinking of a Number

Not sure what I was thinking when i wrote that...not even 5 vowels...I'll shut up now ;c)
24. ## Thinking of a Number

not it, I know...but it was close