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Agent Argent and the Evil Dr. Levik (Posted on 2004-03-16) Difficulty: 1 of 5
"So, Agent Argent, You think you have defeated me," Rumbled Evil Dr. Levik through the hidden speakers in the dingy, crowded room, "but really you are in my clutches and now you will DIE!"

Agent Argent's mission to penetrate the evil doctor's inner circle of J-men and thwart their plan to flood the Flooble-plex with substandard puzzles had reached an impasse. He had succesfully reached the evil doctor's outer court (in disguise) but now he was compromised.
As he was still breathing, he deduced that his nemesis knew only that he was in the room and did not know exactly who he was.

"The exits have been sealed," continued the voice, "my minions even now are lining up at the one door that can still be opened. They will each type a number into the keypad. If it is correct the door will open and they will come join me. If it is wrong they will fall through a trapdoor into the dungeon where they will suffer a horrible death exposed to a never-ending barrage of lateral thinking problems. Each number is different but my minions know the sequence. You do not, so, now I get to watch you squirm. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ........."

Our hero got into the queue and waited. He was too far back to see what the first two villians typed. The first number he was able to glimpse was 22; the next villian typed 5. These were followed by three more of Levik's minions who typed 23, 7 and 222 respectively. Then it was his turn.

What number did Agent Argent type? and what happened? Remember, he is no fool, after all he is the holder of a nonhereditary dignity conferred by a sovereign.

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Solution Well now... | Comment 6 of 10 |

Regardless of what the puzzle says, the only thing I know for a fact is that Evil Dr. Levik is no fool. Regarding the intelligence of Silv- I mean Agent Argent, I make no observation.

Therefore, Dr Levik, being no fool, would not be so stupid as to arrange for some sequence test that could be broken after seeing just three out of five of the prior numbers. This means that the sequence is either completely arbitrary, or Dr Levik cleverly chose a sequnce that could head off in any number of directions (as Ady shows us) in order to lull the poor Argent into a false sense of security.

Since the question asks "What number did he type *and what happened*?", my answer is that he saw the alternating primes as being part of the sequence, punched in the next prime (11), promptly fell into the dungeon, and is solving lateral thinking problems and riddles even as we speak.

  Posted by Sam on 2004-03-16 18:46:42
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