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  1. I like the double meaning that would give to the clue about adulating when not dispensing slight. But alas, I can't say that was planned. Looking for something with a clearer interpretation of being "oddly even" in light of the 14 clue, and another very related thing with a clear role in invoking good luck. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word "band" in the first line; something like "gang" would work just as well without having connotations of a loop.
  2. Two more answers to add to ThunderCloud's.
  3. I had to read up on that one a little bit. It certainly has the blossom like a rose and could go up in flames, but not what I'm going for with this one. Still looking for something something oddly even that adulates or slights, and a weaving invoking serendipity.
  4. The four laws of card shifting
  5. Any stipulation for what would make one algorithm superior to another -- fewest / simplest number of commands, or fewest maximum number of moves to reach the goal? I believe I can do it with four fairly simple commands that will take a maximum of 12 moves.
  6. Nah, no sports in particular or celebrities in general are involved in this riddle. This is something that everyone in the world will know about, although some of the clues refer to western cultural things that aren't quite completely universal.
  7. After reading up on it a bit, at least some of the clues could be explained with that answer, but I've got to say that it would require far more specialized knowledge than I would put in a riddle meant for the general public.
  8. Not silicon or glass, or anywhere along the elemental route. I had to do some research to see how well it would fit the clues, which obviously means it wasn’t what I had in mind. The fourteen makes sense with the atomic number, and I could see how silicon circuitry could invoke concepts of binary to explain the thing about adulating or dispensing slight. But there’s a particular reason why I chose pink and white as the colors of the “roses” that get cultivated, and I don’t think the part about serendipity when woven tight would apply to circuitry because determinism rather than luck is general
  9. Wow, that sure would give new meaning to the last couplet, with oxygen as the halo! Not what I have in mind, though; too many other clues would go without an explanation that I could see.
  10. Yep, in the next-to-last sentence you give him an instruction that lets him know which of his two suspects are guilty without letting the eavesdroppers know.
  11. Getting cooler, neither a louse nor optics.
  12. Not a jeweler. If I had been, I would probably have counted Molly's answer as close enough.
  13. Here's what I came up with Edit: an aside Edit2: even further aside
  14. I got a different answer for question #2...
  15. Molly's answer isn't what I had in mind. Combining it with plainglazed's comment does make it make more sense to me (although not for all of the clues, particularly the second doublet), and is getting warmer.
  16. In some ways I could see slate fitting, especially with clues about being woven tight and oddly even if multiple different sizes are patchworked together. I’m not sure if it comes in pink and white, but I can’t think of halos for them and there’s a reason for the number fourteen (although I admit it’s not the first number that someone would think of with the thing I have in mind.)
  17. Now Izzy is making me hungry. The cake is a lie, unfortunately, or at least not the answer to this one. Teeth and braces seems along the right track, but there are a lot of tiny clues scattered around that make something else a clearly better fit.
  18. My band of fourteen cultivates Roses pink and white The oddly even adulates When not dispensing slight Woven tight, mayhaps invoke Serendipity Taken up by flame we stoke In halo fittingly
  19. Wait, did bonanova just say there’s a way to do it with a nasty integral?!?
  20. Ah, this is probably what you have in mind.
  21. The program isn't a proof, it's just an application of a greedy algorithm that starts from states with an empty plate and works backwards to see whether every state could eventually reach one with an empty plate. It covered every possible state for up to 500 jelly beans, but it doesn't prove that a plate can always be cleared if you have something like 8x1012 jelly beans.
  22. I wrote a perl program to do what I said earlier...
  23. @Molly Mae maybe this'll help. Q: How should you arrange all those plates of jelly beans? A: Put them on a table.
  24. Not fully calculated because the math gets extremely messy and complicated pretty fast, but a description of how to go about it Although a better answer might be that if there are 10 people playing a game with at least $10 entry fee and $100 payout with a non-zero chance that no one will win and the house will keep everything if everyone ends up picking a number in common with at least one other player, then your best move is to not play.
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