Numbers trick question

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## Numbers trick question

The first 10 number decided to have a competition so needed to make two teams.<BR><BR>They decided to allow the first number to sort the team but he was to short and had to stand on his friend Flo&#039;s shoulders.<BR><BR>OK What was the error caused by this?

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## Don't know... <eop>

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## 789

789 there lies your error...<BR>you cant have equal teams now!

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## Well...

The sum of the numbers from 1 to 10 is 55. And of course you can&#039;t divide 55 into equal integer parts.<BR><BR>So if you subtract 1 and add 10 ("the first number climb&#039;s on Flo&#039;s shoulders" I read to mean that the 1 converts [example] 4 to 14) you now have a sum of 64.<BR><BR>So all you have to do is separate into two groups summing to 32 each.<BR><BR>Now, who is "Flo"? Does it matter? Yeah, apparently so. But there are several possible answers:<BR><BR>Example: <BR><BR>One team is 3,5,6,8,10 (totals 32)<BR>Other team is 2,4,7,9 plus the 1 converted to a 10 by sitting on the "shoulders" of any of them. Say, for example<BR> 2,14,7,9 (totals 32)<BR><BR>************<BR><BR>If I misinterpreted the "on the shoulders" part, enlighten me.<BR><BR>

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## Ummm...leaving 46 total...

and so you just need to get 23 on each team.<BR><BR>Oh...but I see your point! You can&#039;t have equal NUMBER of players on each team, though you could have equal "weight".<BR><BR>

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## Noooooo

Unless I came up with some genius way of answering that...<BR>Then Yeah thats it...<BR>;-)<BR><BR>But your thinking too hard.<BR>let me space it out a bit, then it might click in.<BR><BR>7 8 9<BR>;-)

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## LOL Everyone is looking at the question

not the underlying implication<BR><BR>"Cannot divide by zero over Flo"<BR><BR>Sorry been a long long boring day

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## I liked 789 better.

Based on numbers 1 to 10 of course<BR>well, even 0 through 9.<BR><BR>Just a funnier answer.<BR>;o)

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## Seven ATE Nine

Yeah, I got it.<BR><BR>So now you only have<BR> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10<BR><BR>As I said, a total of 46.<BR><BR>

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## Ahhh!!! Bogus question!

If you can decide that "the first 10 numbers" means 0 through 9, then I can decide that "the first 10 numbers" mean <BR> 3.14159265 (pi)<BR> 2.718281828 (e)<BR> 0.5 (sin of 30 degrees)<BR> 1.414... (square root of 2)<BR> etc.<BR><BR>*USUALLY* when one says "the first 10 numbers" one assumes the numbers from 1 to 10. And then <BR> "one over flo"<BR>doesn&#039;t work *nearly* as well as <BR> "zero over flo"<BR><BR>You need to be more specific in the wording. e.g., "The first 10 non-negative integers". Or "the decimal digits". Or ...<BR><BR>Heh.<BR><BR>Okay, I&#039;m nit-picking. Cute question.<BR><BR>

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