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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 11:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How can you set a digital clock to read 19:99?
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Is a timer relevant? Setting it for 1999 seconds?

Would this work for any digital clock? Would it work for one on a microwave?
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Would the digital clock have to have those square-shaped numbers? Would it work on some of the newer digital clocks that have rounded numbers?

Would you have to physically move the clock, like turn it sideways or upside down?
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Microwaves? I know when you're setting a timer on a microwave, then depending on the model you may be able to set the seconds up to 99? And I suppose on certain models it could work for the clock too.... A minute after you set the clock to 19:99, would it read:
19:99 (still)?
20:00?
19:98?
18:99?
20:99?
20:59 (thinking 60 seconds after the ficticious time "19:99"?
19:39 (same logic)?
An error message?
Something else?
Nothing?
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Is it a regular digital (alarm) clock? Is something wrong with it? Is it broken? Is manipulating the electronics of the clock necessary? Could you make it display other unusual times up to 99:99, too?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Is a timer relevant? No. Setting it for 1999 seconds?

Would this work for any digital clock? Only certain types. Would it work for one on a microwave? I don't think so; might depend on the microwave.

Would the digital clock have to have those square-shaped numbers? Assume yes. Would it work on some of the newer digital clocks that have rounded numbers? It might, but I've never seen one, so I don't know.

Would you have to physically move the clock, like turn it sideways or upside down? no.

Microwaves? No. I know when you're setting a timer on a microwave, then depending on the model you may be able to set the seconds up to 99? And I suppose on certain models it could work for the clock too.... A minute after you set the clock to 19:99, would it read:
19:99 (still)?
20:00?
19:98?
18:99?
20:99?
20:59 (thinking 60 seconds after the ficticious time "19:99"?
19:39 (same logic)?
An error message? Could be thisish.
Something else? This, and there is more than one way to do this, so depending, it's possible to get other "times" a minute later.
Nothing? No.

Is it a regular digital (alarm) clock? Yes. Is something wrong with it? No. Is it broken? No. Is manipulating the electronics of the clock necessary? Like taking it apart? No. Could you make it display other unusual times up to 99:99, too? Yes, though 19:99 is the highest you can get it.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 7:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the 19 represent minutes and the 99 seconds?
Is this a clock that can show the year, and it shows 1999?

Can the leftmost display show a digit more than 1? Or it this just setting each digit to the maximum?

Could you do this at any time, any day by pushing certain buttons?
Balin (Balin)
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Does it involve turning the clock upside down? Looking at it in a mirror?
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Can you make it show a valid time greater than 19:99 (like 20:00)?

9:99?
10:99?
[LTPF List of non-negative integers less than 19:99?
[LTPF List of non-negative integers of any magnitude]:00?
19:[LTPF list of non-negative integers less than 99]

Does it have to be an alarm clock? Could it be an alarm clock? Would one be setting the alarm to go off at "19:99"? Or setting the time for "19:99"? Could either one work? If the alarm works, would it go off immediately? Never? 99 minutes after 19:00 on the 24-hour system? Could this work on a 24-hour clock? A 12-hour AM/PM clock? Both?
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Does it involve blocking some of the segments on the display? Do you need anything besides the clock to achieve this? Any optical devices? Such as a mirror?
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Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 12:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the 19 represent minutes and the 99 seconds? No.
Is this a clock that can show the year, and it shows 1999? No.

Can the leftmost display show a digit more than 1? No. Or it this just setting each digit to the maximum? Not quite.

Could you do this at any time, any day by pushing certain buttons? Yes.

Does it involve turning the clock upside down? Looking at it in a mirror? No, although I've never actually thought about those as options before. Good thinking!

Can you make it show a valid time greater than 19:99 (like 20:00)? No.

9:99? Yes.
10:99? Yes.
[LTPF List of non-negative integers less than 19:99? Combine the next two questions.
[LTPF List of non-negative integers of any magnitude]:00? Any between 1 and 19.
19:[LTPF list of non-negative integers less than 99] You won't get anything in the 60s or 70s, but you can get anything else.

Does it have to be an alarm clock? Yes. Could it be an alarm clock? Yes. Would one be setting the alarm to go off at "19:99"? No. Or setting the time for "19:99"? No. Could either one work? If the alarm works, would it go off immediately? Irr. Never? No. 99 minutes after 19:00 on the 24-hour system? No. Could this work on a 24-hour clock? Yes, in which case you could get even higher numbers. A 12-hour AM/PM clock? Yes. Both?

Does it involve blocking some of the segments on the display? No. Do you need anything besides the clock to achieve this? No. Any optical devices? No. Such as a mirror? No.
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Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you have to press more than one button at once? Do you have to press buttons at all? Resetting the clock relevant? Does the alarm clock have to have any special features? Like, a snooze button?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Do you have to press more than one button at once? At some points of the process, yes (I suppose some clocks might do it all with just one button at a time, but the ones I have seen you need to hold down two buttons. Do you have to press buttons at all? Oh, yes. Resetting the clock relevant? Very much so. Does the alarm clock have to have any special features? Nothing that any normal digital alarm clock doesn't have. Like, a snooze button? No.
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When it shows 19:99 is it in a mode to show the time?
Is 19:99 a time display?
Or something like a countdown - like sleep settings?
Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 - 6:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

When it shows 19:99 is it in a mode to show the time? Yope.
Is 19:99 a time display? Yope.
Or something like a countdown - like sleep settings? No.
Vesica (Vesica)
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Is it in a mode to show the hour:minute time?
Something more like date?
Perhaps the year?
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Okay, I'm looking at my alarm clock's buttons now, please tell me which of them are relevant: Alarm? +? -? Mode? Snooze? Light? Or maybe one that mine doesn't have?

(I've been trying a trial and error approach for the past few minutes... no success so far.)
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Is it in a mode to show the hour:minute time? Yope.
Something more like date? No.
Perhaps the year? No.

Okay, I'm looking at my alarm clock's buttons now, please tell me which of them are relevant: Alarm? This. +? This. -? This. Mode? Dunno what that is. Snooze? No. Light? No. Or maybe one that mine doesn't have? You should have everything you need.

As a hint, right now I can cause mine to read 18:80, and I haven't changed anything recently.
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Day of the week relevant?
Vesica (Vesica)
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Minute:Seconds relevant?
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Do you set the clock for one thing, and the alarm for something else, and then click the alarm button repeatedly fast enough that the two times seem to blur into one?
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Day of the week relevant? No.

Minute:Seconds relevant? No.

Do you set the clock for one thing, and the alarm for something else, and then click the alarm button repeatedly fast enough that the two times seem to blur into one? BRIIIIIIIIIING!!!

************ Spoiler ****************

There's probably more than one way to do this, but one is to set the time to 11:11 and the alarm to 5:55, or vice versa. Press the button repeatedly, and you get 19:99.

Sorry I left this one so long. Hope you liked it.
Balin (Balin)
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Clever - never would have thought of this!
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Very interesting! I enjoyed getting to the answer on this one.

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