TenPoundHammer wrote:Still, it's an element that's different from any of the other problems I've been given. Surely it HAS to be different now because one thing has completely changed.
It's not. You add 0 to 3 to get 3, so the ones place in the first is 0. You add 0 to 7 to get 7, so the tens place in the second is 0.
876-473 = (800-400) + (70-70) + (6-3) = 400 + 0 + 3 = 403
Which is why you explained it in a completely different way.
Elijah Baley wrote:I'll wait for the archive for the exact language, but I'm pretty sure it referred to a painting by Manet of a battle between the USS Kearsage and the CSS Alabama. Even if you didn't know exactly what CSS means, they're telling you it's a battle between: (1) a United States Ship and (2) something else called the Alabama. The Civil War would be the only conflict where an American ship would be fighting another American ship. (It's bonus info that the artist was Manet and if you know even a tiny bit about French impressionist painters, they were painting in the second half of the 1800s and that further narrows it down).
Again, that is a crapton of info to boil down in a few seconds. I didn't even get as far as USS = something American, and thus figured it'd be something leagues more obscure.
I find I do that a lot. I also saw "blah blah blah Israelites blah blah Jericho" but then also saw "Moses", which was enough to convince me that no way in a billion years could it possibly be Joshua.
Just like in this game
, where Unreal Estate for $800 said "This land's 4 main countries are Winkie, Gillikin, Quadling & Munchkin
". I saw "This land's 4 main countries are three words I don't recognize at all" and figured I had no chance.
Or in this game
's FJ!: "An 1831 novel says that Charlemagne laid the first stone of this title place, 'old queen of our cathedrals'
." I saw "Blah blah blah Charlemagne" and tuned out, because I figured I had no chance.