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Andrei in the office

Well this is nifty

Apparently I've just discovered myself a natural at deep levels of logic that out class Bill Gates by an order of magnitude and I am in fact a Potentate of the Rose within the mystic order of the Fraternity of Petals Around the Rose.

Let me sum up... No, too quick. Let me (s)'plain.

Earlier at about Oh'darkAlmostMorning I came across a little puzzle in Fark. I played it, struggled with it, and about 20 minutes later victoriously posted about it. I did this because I love torturing the people who come across my journal.

With this out of my system, I slept. During my early morning slumber, something happened. I'm not sure entirely whose doing it was, but I've narrowed it down to either anubis75, astarte93, riordan or dayglow_pirate. Rolling down one of their friends list came a denizen of LJ named septascarabae. A really nifty id and a great taste in musicals. (The last posting has a music of Avenue Q, so kudos there.)

While deftly trying to solve the puzzle I posed, another friend posed a challenge to septascarabae. It's a very old (at least in age of the internet terms....Um Hi, Al?) puzzle known as Petals Around the Rose. (Please note..., no link)

Petals Around the Rose is a gaming simulation that has taxed the mathematical minds of Education even though it really only requires even the most basic of math skills. (Yes, even a 6 year old should be able to solve it.)

Sadly, knowing puzzles of this style. I was able to solve it before I even played it. That's right. I grasped it upon my first view. With that being told. I will give you the link. The link that septascarabae used sadly doesn't work on Safari. This is primarily because either Safari sucks with some JavaScript, or Safari is just too accurate in not running bas javaScript. The link does work in OmniWeb.

I did however find a flash based implementation that works in Safari over at baker.edu.

Interestingly, when you really and truly solve it you become a member of the Fraternity of Petals around the Rose. It will tell you more about the evil that the Potentate of the Rose as well as how Bill Gates himself dealt with this quandry.
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My first and second guesses were wrong. However I noticed the answers I got.

It's pretty simple once you make the connection, yes.

I think I've played too many dice games, however - it was too easy.

STW: Sorry for the oversight, I've added you back onto the list. I got a little purge happy on Pgh folk.

No worries - things can get out of hand around here (says the person with several hundred journals on her watch list ;)

I haven't gone to look, but I am amused by the posting. Back in 1975 this puzzle was going around at GTE engineering all over the world. Frustratingly, all the wives (in those days, mostly stay-at-home) solved it as you did -- pretty much at first glance, while the engineers struggled.

Of course, I guess I've got engineering blood. I never did solve it. (one of the reasons I haven't gone to look.)

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Oh, that was in reference to the new person. Had never seen his id before, so I was looking at mutual friends to try to figure out who he might have discovered this journal through.

No worries :)

BTW: Did you get the documents I sent?


-laugh- Yeah, I love my musicals.

As for Petals Around the Rose, it's rather simple: (a) - b = c

I'll be the first to admit, it had me stumped for a while. I tried to apply too much logic to something that was quite simple.

Oh and feel free to blame Anubis.

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I love you too, ayelien; and...

Well, maybe yes, and maybe no. ;)

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Re: I love you too, ayelien; and...

You could have just looked in my journal, it holds the answers to all of life's mysteries. (..give or take a few billion)

Re: I love you too, ayelien; and...

Which would be why I didn't list the link ;)

Bad initiatie of the Petal!!! ;)

(I have Schadenfreude over those struggling through this)

Re: I love you too, ayelien; and...

I never officially joined, they have nothing on me!

As for the Schadenfreude, I'm with you on that one. That is, now that it is over and done with for me. :P

evil enough. but I did get the petals answer before the pie one.

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