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Any Geniuses?

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I got 16 but I’m notoriously lousy with numbers. 

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18 thoughts on “Any Geniuses?

  1. Dreidel on said:

    Drink = 10

    Hamburger = 5

    Fries =2

    10+5+2=17

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    • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

      In the third equation there are two fries in each place after the +. So those would have to be one each. Also, the last equation has a x, not a +, before the cup. So I think the answer is 60.

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      • My attention to detail, as usual, is my weakest side. 🙂 Great catch on the x sign!

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        • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

          I feel like I needed a victory. This week (and weekend) has me feeling like a complete loser, moron. Impostor Syndrome and a weekend full of insanely scheduled minute-to-minute BS has me feeling like shit. This genius thing makes me feel slightly relieved that I can at least still do algebra. 😉

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          • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

            Or… maybe not algebra, but at least some math.

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          • But you story has been published. They have been coming out one after another recently. That’s a major victory.

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            • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

              I know it’s good to have stories published. There’s another one coming out sometime soon, too, but I am starting to feel like short stories are not enough. My dream has always been to be a writer, and by that I mean — live off of my writing. The most I’ve ever been paid for a short story is $10 (for that second-person story that you read). I have a couple of novels written that I want to revise and try to get published. Since I’m working on my Shakespeare book, I worry I’ll never get to them. But the truth is, I know I’ll never be a famous Shakespearean (not that there’s money in that!), but I sure wish I could be a famous (money-making) novelist.

              It’s not all about money, obviously. But until/unless I were to make money off of my writing, I’m not sure I’m ever going to feel like I’m truly being validated for the work.

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              • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

                Ack! I should know better than to comment before having coffee. It should say “The most I’ve ever BEEN paid… $10.”

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              • Fie upon this quiet life on said:

                Oh god. It does say that. Okay – I give up. Coffee now!!!

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  2. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    I think it has to be 60.

    If 3 cups = 30, then the cups have to be 10 each.

    If cups are 10, and adding two burgers = 20, then the burgers have to be 5.

    If a burger is 5, and you add 4 fries to equal 9, then fries have to be 1 each.

    So 5+1 x 10=60.

    I nearly missed the “multiply” sign before the cup on the last one, but caught it just as I was double checking what I’d written.

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  3. Socal dendrite on said:

    The convention is that multiplication takes precedence over addition, so I think the answer is 5 + (1 x 10) = 15.
    (NB I totally missed that there were 4 packs of fries until I read the comments above.)

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  4. Isn’t it 70? (5+2) x 10? There are parentheses missing here

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  5. Kola = 10
    Burger = 5
    Chips = 2

    5 + 2 * 10 = 25

    If they offer another answer, they are the ones mistaken. 🙂

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  6. Yes, it’s got to be 15. I wasn’t that mistaken, it seems like. 15, 16, it’s all the same. 🙂

    Details are not my passion. 🙂

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    • Fie upon this quiet on said:

      As I was lying down to go to bed I realized I screwed up the order of operations, but was too lazy to get up and fix it. But yes it should be 15.

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