And congratulations to last week's winner. There were many very good entries (Joann's extensive list of calculator words, all having to do with body parts, eating and obesity; Patrick's catch that "To suppress a truth..." is actually best attributed to Philip Ahn), and a couple perfect entries.
The hardest puzzle by far, it seems, was the classic Sam Loyd "boys in the class". (For those of you who care, it's best solved with a process of elimination strategy very similar to Sudoku.)
The perfect entries were from Eddy and Jonathan, and forced the use of a two-sided randomizing device. Tails favored Jonathan and tails it was. And so while, it seems, Eddy and Jonathan are equally geeky, the glory of free geek schwag this week goes to Jonathan. I'll be in touch.
Again, please play next week's Geek Off! I've got it on tap...some from the book, some not.
Here are the answers to last week's geek off:
1. Geek Culture/Ephemera
A. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. (6. Yoda)
B. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance. (4. David Carradine)
C. Sometimes the only sane answer to an insane world is insanity. (1. Mulder)
D. Which mindset is right? Mine, of course. (7. Linus Torvalds)
E. Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort? (2. Bill Murray)
F. Tell me about the loneliness of good…is it equal to the loneliness of evil? (3. Skeletor)
G. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. (5. the Dalai Lama)
H. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do. (8. Mr. Miyagi)
2. Classic Puzzle
The boys, in order are: Matthew, Alfred, Eastman, Richard, Theodore, Luke, Oom, Hisswald, Shirmer, Fletcher, Arthur, Alden.
1. H2 + N2 → NH3 ---- 3H2 + N2 → 2NH3
2. NH3 + O2 → NO + H2O ---- 2NH3 + 2O2 → NO + 3H2O
3. NaCl + BeF2 → NaF + BeCl2 ---- 2NaCl + BeF2 → 2NaF + BeCl2
4. FeCl3 + Be3(PO4)2 → BeCl2 + FePO4 ---- 2FeCl3 + Be3(PO4)2 → 3BeCl2 + 2FePO4
5. Ca(OH)2 + H3PO4 → Ca3(PO4)2 + H2O ---- 3Ca(OH)2 + 2H3PO4 → Ca3(PO4)2 + 6H2O
6. C2H6 +O2 → CO2 + H2O ---- 2C2H6 +7O2 → 4CO2 + 6H2O
You can spell many useful and/or spiritually enlightening phrases on a basic calculator, turned upside down. Here's a sampling:
She ogles slobs
58075 53760 345
Booze is Bob’s hobbie
318804 5805 51 35008
Gosh, she is so obese
35380 05 51 345 ,4506
Hellish blob oozes goo
006 53500 8078 4517734
Bless his igloo
00761 514 55378