The Power of Ten

The Puzzler

TOM: OK, I got it. 3, 9, 12.

RAY: Exactly. But when it was, embedded in that Mensa book, you say gee, what does it represent, what if I add these numbers up, and remember they add up to the 7 cubed.

TOM: And let's see, this could be a base 13 problem.

RAY: Exactly. All we're doing is substituting, each of the numbers, the 2, 9, 7, 9, 12, for the letters of the word seven.

TOM: So 2 equals s, 9 equals e, 7 equals v, and so forth.

RAY: Right, and then 3, 5, 0 is two and thus three, which is T, 9, which is E, and 12, which is N, spells ten.

TOM: And how many other words could you come up with these few numbers.

RAY: Well, a lot that we can't say on National Public Radio, but ton, won, two, two even, Sven. You know what Sven, if you, if you live in Norway, your name is 2, 7, 9, 12.

TOM: Yeah, that's it. Cool. Sven.

RAY: Who's our winner this week?

TOM: Oh, winner. The winner is Frank Freeman from Greensboro, North Carolina.

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