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Base-26 (Posted on 2006-09-16) Difficulty: 3 of 5
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?

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re: The two were a pair of at least six possibilites... Comment 4 of 4 |
(In reply to The two were a pair of at least six possibilites... by Dej Mar)

i would bet on 783.

i think we may set all the previous ones (the A**), because A=0, thus it would not make a 3-digit number, in a certain sense.

784 has hie as the second word, but that's not so common, is it?

  Posted by vj on 2006-09-18 10:35:27

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