Nine or Eleven | 13 Jul 2009

shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
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One person says he has 11 toothpicks and the other says its NINE. How is this possible assuming both of the are right and see the same number of sticks.
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11 toothpicks arranged as NINE
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NINE... Count the no of Lines needed to make NINE... Its 11
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Sticks

N = | \ | = 3

I = | = 1

N = | \ | = 3

E = | - - - = 4

3+1+3+4 - 11
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3+1+3+4 = 11
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exile's Avatar, Join Date: Jun 2009
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there is 11 lines in word NINE, so he build word NINE from 11 toothpicks
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i guess you are right naimish....
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beborn2x's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2009
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9 toothpicks arranged over one another that it is count as 11
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xpi0t0s's Avatar, Join Date: Aug 2004
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The first person is counting in base 8 and the second in base 10. 11_8 = 9_10.
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good point, dude

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Originally Posted by xpi0t0s View Post
The first person is counting in base 8 and the second in base 10. 11_8 = 9_10.