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 Guess my Number (Posted on 2004-12-20)
The Mad Hatter poured Alice another cup of tea and set the teapot down.

"May I please have one of those biscuits?" asked Alice rather timedly, rather taken aback by the sight of her present company.

"A biscuit?? Oh, I don't know. Those are the March Hare's special un-birthday biscuits, don't you know. Can she have a biscuit, March ?" asked the Hatter.

"A biscuit?? One of mine? Hurmph. Ok, I'm thinking of an integer from one to three (inclusive). If you get it, you can have a biscuit. If not, I'm afraid you'll just have to leave" said the March Hare, leaning back.

"Oh goodness, I don't know" said Alice worriedly. "Couldn't I just get a hint?"

"Oh, all right..." the March Hare sighed. "You get to ask me one yes-or-no question, that's all"

Alice thought for a moment, then smiled, knowing exactly what to ask.

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 K.I.S.S. | Comment 7 of 32 |
(In reply to re: Alternate possibility by Fletch)

Like the March Hare and the Mad Hatter would know all about Fermat's Last Theorem and the Goldbach Conjecture...

Why can't I keep it simple ?

Alice: "Is the number an odd number such that, were I to subtract 1 from the number, the temperature that many hours from now will be the same as it is now?"

1: Yes, 1-1 = 0 and 0 hours from now is right now.

2: No,  2 is not an odd number.

3: I don't know whether the temperature will be the same 2 hours from now.

Edited on December 20, 2004, 10:38 pm
 Posted by Penny on 2004-12-20 17:39:51

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