One professor has written a 3-letter word on the blackboard, and explained that it was a 3-digit number in base 26, using A=0, B=1, C=2, etc.
A second professor figured what the decimal equivalent was, and then used the first professor's notation to write it: 0=A, 1=B, 2=C, etc.
He noticed that the result was also a common 3-letter word.
What were the two words?
...or, perhaps I should say at least five possibilites. The word fid is a specialized term, so it and its paired word perhaps may not be a valid solution. Though informal, I do consider deb to be a common word. Though denoted as words in some dictionaries, commonly used acronymic words like BLT and ATM might be excluded, but are included here as possibilities:
Professor 1: ADZ - a heavy curved chisel-like tool
Professor 2: BAD - evil; not good
Professor 1: ALP - a high mountain
Professor 2: DAB - to pat or tap gently; a European flatfish
Professor 1: AND - a conjunction [with; also; then; added to]
Professor 2: DEB - (informal) a debutante
Professor 1: ATM - unattended machine for dispensing money
Professor 2: FAG - to tire or exhaust; (slang) a cigarette
Professor 1: AWL - an instrument for piercing small holes
Professor 2: FID - (Nautical) a stout bar cross the trestletrees of a lower spar fixed to support the upper spar
Professor 1: BED - a piece of furniture upon which one sleeps
Professor 2: HID - concealed from sight
Professor 1: BEE - a type of insect; a social gathering for a task
Professor 2: HIE - to hasten
Professor 1: BLT - a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
Professor 2: JIB - a triangular sail; the boom of a derrick; balk
Edited on September 17, 2006, 12:43 am
Posted by Dej Mar
on 2006-09-16 21:53:48