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#129880 06/30/04 10:27 PM
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Here is a word and math conundrum that might amuse the more omnium-gatherumists among the light-hearted posters of this AWAD forum ...

Jet and the Chick and her Three Little Daughters

Jet is a bud of mine. We are nerds, and we share two interests - women and mathematics. In that order in my case, and in the case of Jet, quite the opposite.

ME: (knocking on Jet's door) Knock! Knock! Knock!

JET: Hey amemeba, com'on in.
Hey buddy , did you notice that good-looking chick buck-dancing at Burly Earls last night? She is quite the (wink-smile) gay divorcee, but it seems that she has three children - all girls.

ME: Well yes, Jet, that might prove to be a problem. How old are her little girls?

JET: Well if you multiplied their ages by each other the product would be thirty-six.

ME: Com'on Jet, there are several combinations of three numbers that if multiplied would total thirty-six. I need more information to determine their ages.

JET: (reluctantly) OK, innumberignorant, the sum of their three ages is the same number as my apartment number - upon which you just knocked.

ME: Maybeso, Jet, I know well your apartment number, but I still need more information to determine the ages of the gay divorcee's three little girls.

JET: (sighs with resign) OK, amemeba, the oldest little girl has blue eyes.


QUESTION: HOW OLD ARE THE GAY CHICK'S LITTLE GIRLS?




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buck-dancing?



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#129882 06/30/04 11:13 PM
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buck-dancing?


CHORUS:

Charleston! Charleston!
Made in Carolina!
Some dance, some prance,
I'll say, there's nothing betta' than the
Charleston! Charleston!
Boy, how you can shuffle.
Ev'ry step you do, leads to something new,
Man I'm telling you, it's a lapazoo!
Buck dance, wing dance,
Will be a back number, but the
Charleston, the new Charleston,
That dance is surely a comer.
Sometime, you'll dance it
One time, that dance called
Charleston, made in South Caro-
Line!

('Bout eighty years old then, I'd say)

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Nein, ja? Ja!

A lot of induction in this one, as well as deduction. The solution involves the reasoning that if this much information is enough to solve the problem, and if at the same time this much information is required to solve the problem, then only one of the potential solution sets will do!

#129884 07/01/04 12:45 AM
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well, if he'd said something about living on the first or second floor...

and thanks for the lyric.



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NFI

stales


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I dunno. I come up with five possiblities with only one of them eliminated by the eye-color proviso.


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The import of the eye-color statement is

a) knowing the sum is not enough info to solve the problem, so there must be some sets of factors that have the same sum, and

b) the fact that there is an oldest.

The mislead-your-audience factor is the eye color, which has nothing to do with anything!

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'nother name for clogging.


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ah, clogging I know! thanks!



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