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20th Nov 2006, 00:12
Add the miles..

Bolton 4 miles
Widnes 12 miles
Formby 23 miles

Was convinced I had the answer but was wrong, now I know the answer I can't see why!

tony draper
20th Nov 2006, 00:26
Hmmm, 4 +12 = 16 + 23 = 39,but it int.:uhoh:
3 + 2 + 4 = 7 + 30 = 37
**** me!!

20th Nov 2006, 00:29
I was convinced it was 55... For good reasons.

Was a question on a call in type show where just about every number between 1 and 99 was tried. I was glad that no-one else appeared to have a clue either...

20th Nov 2006, 00:32
3 + 2 + 4 = 7What school did you go to? :}

3 + 4 = 7, so how can adding 2 give the same answer :confused:

20th Nov 2006, 00:40
Spinflight did you say you know the answer? What is it supposed to be?

tony draper
20th Nov 2006, 00:43
Hmmm,you are correct Mr A,dunno why I saw that,well it is a puzzle. :(

20th Nov 2006, 00:49
Check your PMs Airbus...

20th Nov 2006, 00:59
The answer is three......or four depending on how pedantic you want to be.

20th Nov 2006, 01:03
Nope, it isn't 5 either.

20th Nov 2006, 01:04
The answer is three......or four

Yeah, thanks Mr Orwell. ;)

20th Nov 2006, 01:13
It's not 23 is it?

Spinflight: if this is a wind-up, I'm coming to see you!

Buster Hyman
20th Nov 2006, 01:46


20th Nov 2006, 02:19
I've had a look an t'interweb to find out what the situation is with these things. Basically they won't tell you how they determine the answers and they (apparently) aren't obliged to. Many people have complained to Ofcom about them.

Elaborate suggestions have been made, involving Roman numerals etc etc. but essentially there is no real way of knowing, so even if you know what the answer is, your way of finding it will probably have been a flook. Best thing to do is not to waste your time trying, and not watch the programmes as they are a MASSIVE con.

And apparently this is the future of television...

20th Nov 2006, 05:54
Have I missed something here?:confused:

Loose rivets
20th Nov 2006, 06:34
put me down for 78

izod tester
20th Nov 2006, 07:11
I suspect that the question poser is not using a decimal system. The could be using any number base greater than 3.

20th Nov 2006, 09:02
I suspect that the question poser is not using a decimal system. The could be using any number base greater than 3.
A good point but surely 4 miles in Base 4 would be 10? So it would be Base 5 or higher?



20th Nov 2006, 09:07
OK, so what is the relevence of the three rather dull Lancastrian towns?

20th Nov 2006, 11:00
Add the miles, not add the number of miles.

The word "miles" is mentioned three times, so the answer is three.

Farmer 1
20th Nov 2006, 11:54
I am appalled by most, if not all, of the above answers. It demonstrates perfectly the failings of the present education system we have, and I've no doubt most of the posters were supposed to be educated by a previous system.

I thought everyone knew, the answer is 42.

20th Nov 2006, 12:00
According to 419, on another trhead though, the answer is 95?



Suppers Ready
20th Nov 2006, 13:39
Only way i can get that to 95 is:
4 x 23 = 92
92 + 3 = 95
not a clue why

20th Nov 2006, 14:32
Personally I thought 55 would be the answer though to the best of my knowledge no-one called in with it.

Plenty of 39s and the odd 78. Most of the answers given were so random that the callers were either daft as Labradors or knew it was a con and just gave the first number that popped into their heads.

After what seemed like an hour or more they started telling the caller whether the answer was higher or lower than their answer, until it was a choice between 94 and 95. Caller answered 94 and hence answer was 95....

Now I'm not sure how many people would have called in with a 50% chance of winning 5000 but it seemed to take an awful long time for a caller to be 'selected'. I'm guessing even at 3am in the morning there will be more than 1 million people watching, many of whom are pissed up and most of whom have a phone right next to them.

Rather ominously there are no adverts on during this drivel, one wonders just how much they're raking in if adverts aren't deemed worthwhile.

20th Nov 2006, 15:45
In that case, what determines whether they actually have a pre-decided answer? Who is to say that they don't just make it up on the spot?



20th Nov 2006, 15:52
Well I can't find any logical way to get 95, was hoping someone might be able to enlighten me...

Tricky Woo
20th Nov 2006, 16:16
An aeroplane crashes precisely on the border of France and Germany. 50% of the passengers are definitely French and the other 50% are a mixture of German and other nationalities. So, where do they bury the survivors, and in what proportion?


p.s. Previous answer is 3, 4, 39, 42 or 43 depending on how twatty the bloke wot made up the question is being.

20th Nov 2006, 16:20
Tricky - I'm just gonna stand here with your coat, gloves and hat at the ready until you decide to hit the dusty trail!

Whirls - That's another question people are asking. They have an envelope there which they open when somebody gets the right answer, but as the envelope isn't in full view all the time then it's not really 'proof' as one would wish. I've read that Ofcom wouldn't let them get away with having multiple envelopes, but frankly it wouldn't surprise me.

Tricky Woo
20th Nov 2006, 16:22
Many a sheriff has tried to run me out of town, bitch, and nary a one of 'em succeeded.


20th Nov 2006, 16:29
Funny thing is, somebody will try to answer it. Ahh well, I'll let you win this for now, hang up your coat et al. and watch with interest. But if not....joke will be on you. Deal?

Tricky Woo
20th Nov 2006, 16:31
Ye of little confidence. Plenty of highly numerate people on JB, Mr Airbus. I reckon we'll have a winner in no time.


Jimmy Macintosh
20th Nov 2006, 18:58
The quiz seems beyond stupid, but saying that they must be clever to get the amount of money per show that they do.

The only thing I could come up with...

Using mapquest,

The distances are actually

Bolton-Widnes 27 miles
Widnes-Formby 23 miles
Formby-Bolton 45 miles

ALL of these values are rounded down to the nearest mile.

27+23+45=95. I have no idea whether the values in the question are just red herrings or not. :confused:

TW, where I'm from we don't bury survivors.

20th Nov 2006, 19:06
And on that note....
people living in my town can't be buried in the local cemetry!

20th Nov 2006, 23:14
Because living people can't (or shouldn't at least) be buried.

20th Nov 2006, 23:38
Well done Tricky you proved me wrong. And it was still drinking up time when the solution came through, so you triumph. No early hat, coat and gloves for tricky.

21st Nov 2006, 12:18
qte: "Because living people can't (or shouldn't at least) be buried"

Steve888 I note your location so perhaps there is an excuse for for your oversight.

The conundrum clearly stated that 50% were FRENCH!!!:)