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Q: Math Riddle ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Math Riddle
Category: Science > Math
Asked by: mzpyggy-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 31 Jul 2006 17:52 PDT
Expires: 01 Aug 2006 13:53 PDT
Question ID: 751280
HELP!! I'm stumped on a clues to a hunt, I know the wording is
bizzare, as you can see, besides the obvious number reference there
are other hidden meanings in some of the words.  I cannot figure this
missing link out...maybe you can? I'm looking for an answer in
numbers, the story goes....

I knock on the door, and those beady eyes are looking me over pretty good. 
".....43 bottles of beer on the wall, 43 bottles of beer....." That's
it.  One more verse out of that ivory tickler and I'll bust this piano
in half.  And you know what that'll leave him.

"I'll let you in if you can tell me the square root of happiness."  

I was never good at riddles, or very good at math.  But then I
heard....."pass it around, 42 bottles of beer on the wall....."

I give the go ahead: Captain Young and rest of the law are there with
a battering ram, knocking the door off the hinges.

We're in.....and I settle my score with the singsong
man....demonstrating some of that division I picked up in school.

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 31 Jul 2006 23:08 PDT

How will you know if you get the right answer?

The way it reads is that the guy knocking on the door doesn't
like the song, and is being challenged at the door by a riddle.
He then hears "one more verse", and his posse breaks down the
door, at which point he "settles the score with the sing-song
man" by busting the piano in half. "And you know what that'll
leave him" = 44 (keys).

Let me know where this takes you...


Clarification of Question by mzpyggy-ga on 31 Jul 2006 23:52 PDT
I will know when I get a combination to a lock open or a combination
to a gate code.

I already figured the 44 out but I think there is a sequence of math
here that I'm just not getting.... I've been looking at it too hard I
think, I thought if someone else saw they would see it differently....

See the reference to the 43..then 43 again..I kinda thought to add
those up...because it says.."that's it".....then the piano
reference....but I can't figure out what if anything they want squared
(that reference maybe in there just to throw you off)  I don't know
where the 42 fits in & if the word "score" means to do something with
#20?  I know it's vague...I just thought a new pair of eyes.....
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Math Riddle
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 01 Aug 2006 05:08 PDT
So there is a physical lock to be opened... and a gate?

Is the lock the typical 3 number combination?  How high do the numbers
on the lock go?

Is the gate a 5 digit combo... 0-9?
Subject: Re: Math Riddle
From: markvmd-ga on 01 Aug 2006 06:54 PDT
Square root of happiness; Cloud nine? Three?
Subject: Re: Math Riddle
From: eion-ga on 01 Aug 2006 07:29 PDT
square root of happiness is 10.3  or 10 i guess 
assign the letter their relevent position in the alphabet add them = 107 
root it to get 10..

battering ram could just mean 1 , as most were just massive logs, or
it could be a  triangle  (some advanced rams had coverings ) the door
a rectangly .. 3 sides to a triangle 4 sides to a door..

53 white  36 black keys .. so i would use them.. 

43 43 52 36 10 42 14(34)

86 43 26 18 10 42 14  (halve the piano keys) (combine the initial bottles

maybe use 243 for the first bottles

lots of combos,  could even maybe be an ip address
Subject: Re: Math Riddle
From: mzpyggy-ga on 01 Aug 2006 08:09 PDT
thank you for your input, I will try and use a combination of those
ideas today!  And yes it does open a physical lock & gate code, I have
figured out the location. There were 4 parts to figure location, gate
code, unit #, and lock combo.

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