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Subject: Douglas Adam's 42 puzzle (win GG!) rss

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In 1994 Douglas Adams wrote:
Everybody was looking for hidden meanings and puzzles and significances in what I had written (like 'is it significant that 6 * 9 is 42 in base 13?'. As if.) So I thought that just for a change I would actually construct a puzzle and see how many people solved it. Of course, nobody paid it any attention. I think that's terribly significant.


No cheating on this by looking stuff up please. The answer is 42. The question is why? According to Douglas Adams, there are 10 solutions, of which I know 8.

0.42 for the first person to each correct answer.

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Solutions:

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There are 42 balls.
0.42 to Leezer!
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The barcode is the number 42 as an Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode.
0.42 to SybotCB!
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What position in the grid does the computer that calculates the Question to the Ultimate Answer (the Earth) occupy?.
0.42 to Avin!
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The globe is centered at 42NLat, 42WLong.
0.42 to Quixote171 / sigmazero13!
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Considering red-hued spheres (red, purple, orange, black) as a '1' and those without as a '0', what number does each line represent in decimal form? (In binary, each line reads '0101010', or '42' in decimal form.)
Another 0.42 to Quixote171!
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What number do the blue-tinted spheres (blue, green, purple, black) spell out? (Similar to a color blindness test.)
0.42 for Leezer again!
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The spheres with a yellow tint (yellow, dark yellow, green and black) spell out "XLII", 42 in Roman numerals, across the top three rows.
Toggy gets 0.42 for this...
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The light is shinning on the shperes at a 42 degree angle.
...and another 0.42 for this!
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Placeholder for solution 9.

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Placeholder for solution 10.
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Well, the first obvious one is that there are 42 dots.


EDIT: Spoilerized.
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Does the barcode say 42 on it?

And is 42% of the worlds water showing in the globe?


Edit: Spoiler tag.
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Leezer wrote:
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Well, the first obvious one is that there are 42 dots.


Yep, the easiest answer!

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Does the barcode say 42 on it?

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And is 42% of the worlds water showing in the globe?


You're right on the first one, but not the second one!
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If you look at the one purple dot, counting from the top left corner, it's 4 dots down and 2 dots to the right.
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The Earth is in the 42nd position.
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The globe is centered at 42NLat, 42ELong.



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Braille for 42?
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If you look at the green, blue, purple, and black dots (including the Earth, which is green and blue), it almost spells out 42. Not sure about that one.


EDIT: Spoilerized.
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the black dot is at position 4+2
the purple dot is at position 4*2
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CrankyPants wrote:
the purple dot is at position 4*2

Already said that one.
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I'm obviously not going to find any of these because it took me quite a while to figure out why instead of choosing a integer for the reward amount you chose 0.42 GG.


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Avin wrote:
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The Earth is in the 42nd position.


Yep! Another easy one
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This one's a stretch, but it seems to hold out:

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If you assign binary values to the colored spheres, red, orange, purple, and black, being 1, and every thing else being 0, each row contains the binary string 0101010. 101010 converted to decimal is 42.



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Thats's correct!
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Leezer wrote:
If you look at the one purple dot, counting from the top left corner, it's 4 dots down and 2 dots to the right.


CrankyPants wrote:
the black dot is at position 4+2
the purple dot is at position 4*2


Not sure if these count, but since there's 2 answers I don't know, if nothing better comes along they'll do
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Quixote171 wrote:
This one's a stretch, but it seems to hold out:

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If you assign binary values to the colored spheres, red, orange, purple, and black, being 1, and every thing else being 0, each row contains the binary string 0101010. 101010 converted to decimal is 42.





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Ah, and if you take any globe that has a non-zero blue aspect of its RGB color, they spell out "42"
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Ah! Thanks for adding the piece I was missing to the solution!

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The Red Hued colors!


I had the how, but was missing the why!
Thanks for giving it to me anyway!


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Leezer wrote:
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If you look at the green, blue, purple, and black dots (including the Earth, which is green and blue), it almost spells out 42. Not sure about that one.


Yep! That one was a tougher one to spot!
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Avin wrote:
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Ah, and if you take any globe that has a non-zero blue aspect of its RGB color, they spell out "42"


I'm afraid Leezer beat you to this one!
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Probably not this, but:

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Q: How many different colors appear only in the top half, and how many different colors appear only in the bottom half?

A: 4,2

(Orange, yellow, green, and black are only in the top half; blue (Earth) and violet only appear in the bottom half; red, indigo, and white appear in both.
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renegaderebel wrote:
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Braille for 42?

I had that idea too, but I don't see it in there.
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Quixote171 wrote:
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The globe is centered at 42NLat, 42ELong.




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While this is the right idea, technically it's centered at 42NLat, 42WLong. 42 East would be somewhere over Eastern Europe I think.
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sigmazero13 wrote:
Quixote171 wrote:
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The globe is centered at 42NLat, 42ELong.




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While this is the right idea, technically it's centered at 42NLat, 42WLong. 42 East would be somewhere over Eastern Europe I think.



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I struggled with that E/W notation for a good half a second before deciding on East, when clearly it's West. I hope I don't have to give the .42 back.



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