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# Alex returns from infinity

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bonanova    76

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.

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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Guest

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

so far i have

1derland

2tor

4ever

2sday

Perchlor8

1derous

every1

then some that seem ok but wont fit or dont have numbers at the start/end

pa10t

her0ism

equ8

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bonanova    76
do all of the numbers fit in the start and end cos i have some that are in the middle.

so far i have

1derland

2tor

4ever

2sday

Perchlor8

1derous

every1

then some that seem ok but wont fit or dont have numbers at the start/end

pa10t

her0ism

equ8

Yes.

The words either begin or end with a number sound.

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Guest

Shouldn't #4 be 7 boxes for calcul8 instead of 6 boxes?

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Here's what I have so far:

This evening: 2night

Original Making: cre8

Solve Math(6): (calcul8)

in harmony: 2gether

from the crowd(4):

all people: every1

place with Alice: 1derland

infinite time: 4ever

learning helper: 2tor

divide: separ8

courage: 4titude

astonishing: 1derous

renounce anger: plac8

following monday: 2sday

CIO4: Perchlor8

And I am guessing one of the two I don't have needs a (1) as part of the word because there are only 3 other 1's and all the others are 2's, 4's and 8's so we reasonably could expect four 1's

Based on that, I am guessing the single magic number is:

8 because the numbers add up to either 68, 64, or 62. Probably 64 which would be 8*8.

Then I guess the number could be 2, because 8 = 2*2*2.

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i can't figure out "from the crowd"

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2^6

this evening: 2night

original making: cre8

solve math(6): estim8

in harmony: 2gether

from the crowd:

all people: every1

place with alice: 1derland

infinite time: 4ever

learning helper: 2tor

divide: separ8

courage: 4titude

astonishing: 1derful

renounce anger: 4bear

following monday: 2sday

cio4: perchlor8

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bonanova    76

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 ...

... make four groups of 4 number each.

Do something mathematically simple to the numbers in each group.

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15

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bonanova    76

A spoiler is buried in the OP.

It may identify the number, but to win you have to find it from the grid results.

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.

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any help writersblock?

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Not sure where the math part is going. Maybe it's 61 rather than 64?

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bonanova    76

OP meant to imply the answer was a single-digit number.

Here are the 16 numbers you need to find the answer.

Remember to think in groups of four.

8 2 8 8 => ?

2 1 1 1 => ?

4 2 8 4 => ?

1 4 2 8 => ?

Don't place too much emphasis on the fact they're all powers of 2.

It just turns out that the sounds of these numbers commonly occur in words.

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((8 / 2) /

* 8 = 4

2 + 1 + 1 * 1 = 4

4 * 2 - 8 + 4 = 4

8 / ((1 * 4) / 2) = 4

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bonanova    76
((8 / 2) /
* 8 = 4

2 + 1 + 1 * 1 = 4

4 * 2 - 8 + 4 = 4

8 / ((1 * 4) / 2) = 4

Right track, but doesn't answer to all the clues, including now this one.

Use only one arithmetic function - [the simplest one]

Then there's one final step.

This is fun ...

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bonanova    76

Clue summary

The title - return from infinity

Alex's promise to stay away from infinity

Alex standing on his head before going to infinity tonight

improved descriptions for 2 of the 16 numbers

grid with the correct 16 numbers

16 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 [make four groups of four numbers]

do something mathematically simple to the numbers in each group [use only one arithmetic function]

then one final step.

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there are too many add ons to this, revise and repost

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bonanova    76

Apologies for the friggin bad clues.

Here it is.

Sum of 8 2 8 8 => 26

Sum of 2 1 1 1 => 5

Sum of 4 2 8 4 => 18

Sum of 1 4 2 8 => 15

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bonanova    76

Explanation [i think this post was lost over the weekend]

The title - return from infinity

Alex's promise to stay away from infinity

How far from infinity can you get?

Alex standing on his head before going to infinity tonight

That's inversion. What is 1/[infinity]?

improved descriptions for 2 of the 16 numbers

grid with the correct 16 numbers

8 2 8 8 2 1 1 1 4 2 8 4 1 4 2 8

16 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 [make four groups of four numbers]

8 2 8 8

2 1 1 1

4 2 8 4

1 4 2 8

do something mathematically simple to the numbers in each group [use only one arithmetic function]

Add them. => 26 5 18 15

then one final step.

Count into the alphabet.

Z E R O

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