The Power of Ten

Oct 06, 2018

RAY: I got this from my son, Andrew, who was perusing one of these books at the book store, one of these books that tells you if you're suitable to become a Mensa member.

There was this puzzler, which I thought was good because it was good for the school kids. If this puzzler were not in the Mensa book, you'd get it. That's the hint.

I'm going to give you a series of numbers.

Two, nine, seven, nine, 12. That series of numbers represents the number seven. Just put somewhere equals seven.

 I'm going to give you another group of numbers.

Three, five, zero. That group of numbers equals two.

So how would you write the number 10? That's the question.



TOM: OK, I got it. 3, 9, 12.

RAY: 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.


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