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 Subject: How in the heck does this work? Category: Science > Math Asked by: herkdrvr-ga List Price: \$2.00 Posted: 19 Jul 2006 03:28 PDT Expires: 18 Aug 2006 03:28 PDT Question ID: 747666
 http://break.com/index/pick_a_number.html Regards, Herkdrvr
 Subject: Re: How in the heck does this work? Answered By: djbaker-ga on 19 Jul 2006 08:04 PDT
 Greetings, The puzzle works with some basic math and a little bit of trickery. Any number you would have picked after going through that process would have ended up a multiple of 9. For example the first time I did it I picked 42 (the answer to everything of course) and ended up with 36. The second try I made I chose 25 and ended up with 18. The trickery is the board that they use. The board has every number on it however in reality very few of those numbers will ever have to be used, only the multiples of 9. All the multiples of 9 have the same symbol. That way it doesn't matter which one end up with, all the bases are covered. The way they get you is by switching the symbols around after every round. So the first time you do it the multiples of 9 will be wavy lines. The second time they'll be dots, etc. The idea is that you won't spend the time going through and noticing that they all have the same symbol. So when you go back and do it the second and third time you are convinced its picking your number because you get a different number every time. Best, djbaker-ga