[incredulous]If this isn't the right answer, then it sure is one heck of a coincidence !!!![/incredulous]
170 goes in the blanks.
Explanation:
64=M suggests the following relative alphabet numbering scheme:
(1=B 2=C 3=D 4=E 5=F 6=G 7=H 8=I 9=J 10=K 11=L 12=M 13=N 14=O 15=P 16=Q 17=R 18=S 19=T 20=U 21=V 22=W 23=X 24=Y 25=Z 26=A 27=B 28=C 29=D...38=M...64=M...)
3=R suggests:
(1=P 2=Q 3=R 4=S 5=T 6=U 7=V 8=W 9=X 10=Y 11=Z 12=A 13=B 14=C 15=D 16=E 17=F 18=G 19=H 20=I 21=J 22=K 23=L 24=M 25=N 26=O)
154=D suggests:
(1=G 2=H 3=I 4=J 5=K 6=L 7=M 8=N 9=O 10=P 11=Q 12=R 13=S 14=T 15=U 16=V 17=W 18=X 19=Y 20=Z 21=A 22=B 23=C 24=D 25=E 26=F 27=G 28=H 29=I...50=D...76=D...102=D...128=D... 154=D...)
50= N suggests:
(1=Q 2=R 3=S 4=T 5=U 6=V 7=W 8=X 9=Y 10=Z 11=A 12=B 13=C 14=D 15=E 16=F 17=G 18=H 19=I 20=J 21=K 22=L 23=M 24=N 25=O 26=P 27=Q 28=R 29=S 30=T.... 50=N)
If you begin to replace each letter of M, R, D, and N in the puzzle with matching letters from their respectively numbered alphabets, you get:
BPG_PQ (combining the 1st letters)
CQH_QR (combining the 2nd letters)
DRI_RS (combining the 3rd letters)
ESJ_ST (combining the 4rth letters)
FTK_TU (combining the 5th letters)
GUL_UV (combining the 6th letters)
HVM_VW (combining the 7th letters)
IWN_WX (combining the 8th letters)
JXO_XY (combining the 9th letters)
KYP_YZ (combining the 10th letters)
LZQ_ZA (combining the 11th letters)
MAR_AB (combining the 12th letters)
NBS_BC (combining the 13th letters)
OCT_CD (combining the 14th letters)
PDU_DE (combining the 15th letters)
QEV_EF (combining the 16th letters)
RFW_FG (combining the 17th letters)
SGX_GH (combining the 18th letters)
THY_HI (combining the 19th letters)
UIZ_IJ (combining the 20th letters)
VJA_JK (combining the 21st letters)
WKB_KL (combining the 22nd letters)
XLC_LM (combining the 23rd letters)
YMD_MN (combining the 24rth letters)
ZNE_NO (combining the 25th letters)
AOF_OP (combining the 26th letters)
I verified at http://www.refdesk.com/crosswrd.html that the ONLY ONE of the above combinations that can result in a valid English word is by plugging E into DRI_RS, which I got by combining the 3rd letters in the numbering schemes. DRIERS is the only valid word.
If E assumes the value of 3 in an alphabetical numbering system, then P=14=40=66=...=170
[astonished]If this isn't the right answer, it's a heck of a coincidence that only DRIERS works in the above combinations!![/astonished]
P.S. Today (2/15) is the birthday of Galileo (1564) and also the birthday of the computer (ENIAC, the first computer, 1946). There is an odd relationship between the numbers 1564 and 1946.
Edited on February 15, 2004, 11:50 am

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