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David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 2:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The answer, rather depressingly, appears to be 28.
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 3:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The question:

How many days (usually) in February?
What is 4x7?
How much wood would a woodchuch chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

LTPF relevant?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 3:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is this the answer to a math problem? does it refer to a number of years? of a certain type of thing?
Mezzoforte (Mezzoforte)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 3:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Question: What is life?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 3:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 03:13 pm:

The question:

How many days (usually) in February? no - that would not be particularly depressing, since payday comes earlier
What is 4x7? if the fact that 4 x 7 = 28 depresses you, life is going to be fairly hard
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? I suppose this might be depressing if you were having the wood chucked at you, but at least you could be happy that the answer was not 128

LTPF relevant? no

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 03:13 pm:

is this the answer to a math problem? yes, but the math in question is applied rather than pure math does it refer to a number of years? no of a certain type of thing? yes

By Mezzoforte (Mezzoforte) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 03:15 pm:

Question: What is life? no, no - the answer to that is indeed 42. And before anyone from Logician's puzzle has any ideas, 28 (and all other numbers that I will use in this puzzle) are in base 10
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the answer a number of pounds sterling? Hundreds of same? Pence?
Is this your weight in stone?
The number of teeth you have?
The number of pints you had last night?
Is the answer in degrees Kelvin?
Denier?
Micrograms?
Miles?
High-card points?
Hours?
Pages?
Proof?
Digits of pi that you can recite?

Is the question "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 03:55 pm:

Is the answer a number of pounds sterling? no Hundreds of same? no Pence? no
Is this your weight in stone? almost, but irrelevant
The number of teeth you have? ditto
The number of pints you had last night? ditto
Is the answer in degrees Kelvin? no
Denier? I do not know what this is, but the answer is not this
Micrograms? no
Miles? no
High-card points? although the number of high-card points I have is an unending source of depression to me, this would not be the case were it 28
Hours? no
Pages? no
Proof? no
Digits of pi that you can recite? no

Is the question "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" no
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Denier? I do not know what this is, but the answer is not this

FYI: this is a number that indicates how thick stockings and tights are.
Rachel (Myth)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So, the unit attached to 28 measures
time?
age?
length?
weight?
volume?
something related to technology?
A more scientific measurement?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 4:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 04:34 pm:

FYI: this is a number that indicates how thick stockings and tights are I am, as the man said, no wiser. But at least I am better informed.

By Rachel (Myth) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 04:53 pm:

So, the unit attached to 28 measures there is a slight FA here. The answer is 28 of some things, but these things are not units of measurement
time?
age?
length?
weight?
volume?
something related to technology?
A more scientific measurement? and therefore, the answer is none of these - sorry
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are the 28 things tangible? Intangible?

Is the fact depressing only to you? Depressing to specific other relevant people? Depressing to anyone who knows that the answer is 28?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:09 pm:

Are the 28 things tangible? yes Intangible? no

Is the fact depressing only to you? it might depress others, if they knew it. On the other hand, it might not. I am very easily depressed. Life... don't talk to me about life :( Depressing to specific other relevant people? none that I know of at the moment Depressing to anyone who knows that the answer is 28? see above
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this one of your Christmas puzzles?
Placido Eustorgio (Enigami)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hitchhikers relevent? If so, Marvin relevent?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:30 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Lynne (Lynne) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:24 pm:

Is this one of your Christmas puzzles? no - I hope that I would not post a depressing Christmas puzzle :) But that reminds me - I had better post some Christmas puzzles of any kind soon

By Placido Eustorgio (Enigami) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:25 pm:

hitchhikers relevent? no If so, Marvin relevent? no - that was just me being depressed. Don't worry about me. I'll just sit here for the next ten million years and...
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are the 28 things inanimate?

Do they belong to you? Are they in your flat? In London? In Europe? On earth?

Are they the only 28 things of their kind in existence? The only 28 that share a common property?

Is 28 depressing because it is too many? Too few?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:39 pm:

Are the 28 things inanimate? yes

Do they belong to you? not yet Are they in your flat? no In London? possibly, although anywhere in England would do In Europe? yes - England is in Europe, which is somewhat depressing On earth? yes

Are they the only 28 things of their kind in existence? no The only 28 that share a common property? no

Is 28 depressing because it is too many? this one Too few?
Mosquito (Mosquito)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are you going to somehow take possession of these 28 things? Do you want them?

Is there some number of them that you would be happy to accept? 1, 2...27?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Mosquito (Mosquito) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:45 pm:

Are you going to somehow take possession of these 28 things? as it happens, I am not Do you want them? no

Is there some number of them that you would be happy to accept? 1, 2...27? the fewer the better
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 5:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would forty-two have been even more depressing than 28?

Are the things in question valuable?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 6:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Alizon (Alizon) on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 05:55 pm:

Would forty-two have been even more depressing than 28? yes

Are the things in question valuable? yope - good question :)
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Monday, December 19, 2005 - 6:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they valuable for most of us? Or do they have only a personal value?

Are they anyhow related to you? Should you have received them but you are not going to?