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## #26 2014-03-18 15:20:56

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

A minor alternative that can make the calculus a little easier:

Question: it was pretty easy to guess how to hide the solution, but how do you get alternative text other "Hidden Text"?

"Having thus refreshed ourselves in the oasis of a proof, we now turn again into the desert of definitions." - Bröcker & Jänich

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## #27 2014-03-19 01:31:25

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Hi eigenguy,

...how do you get alternative text other "Hidden Text"?

After "[hide", type "=", followed immediately by the text of your choice and the closing bracket ']'.

Here...I'll try it with "minor alternative" in the hide box:

Just click on 'Quote' in the bottom right-hand corner of my post to see what I did.

Last edited by phrontister (2014-03-19 01:34:04)

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## #28 2014-03-19 03:26:27

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Thanks, I had no idea how to do it either.

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## #29 2014-03-19 04:15:44

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## #30 2014-03-19 08:19:13

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

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## #31 2014-03-19 08:22:18

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

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## #32 2014-03-19 09:57:19

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #33 2014-03-19 12:11:32

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

phrontister wrote:

After "[hide", type "=", followed immediately by the text of your choice and the closing bracket ']'.

Thanks!

It's been a while since been in a forum. It's embarrassing that I'd forgotten about the quote trick!

ShivamS wrote:

Nice!

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## #34 2014-03-19 13:52:59

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #35 2014-03-19 14:36:07

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Hi;

Did you see my completely original answer. I trust that JFF would like it.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #36 2014-03-19 22:26:40

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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## #37 2014-03-20 01:07:59

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

bobbym wrote:

Hi;

Did you see my completely original answer. I trust that JFF would like it.

Is it not the same thing I posted?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #38 2014-03-22 00:13:23

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Can I remind everyone that the title of this thread is Easy puzzle challenge. Therefore if your solution is messy and complicated, youre on the wrong tack.

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## #39 2014-03-22 04:23:17

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Hi;

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #40 2014-03-22 06:04:48

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Can I remind everyone that the title of this thread is Easy puzzle challenge. Therefore if your solution is messy and complicated, youre on the wrong tack.

Yet, that's harder than what's shown in #31

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense"  - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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## #41 2014-03-22 07:14:25

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

I guess DeMoivre's and Vieta's is a bit of an overkill but maths is all about solving problems in different ways.

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## #42 2014-03-22 13:11:38

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Nehushtan wrote:

Can I remind everyone that the title of this thread is Easy puzzle challenge. Therefore if your solution is messy and complicated, youre on the wrong tack.

You think that is easy?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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## #43 2014-03-22 13:47:50

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

JaneFairfax wrote:

Yeah, proofs of even simple results can sometimes be a bit messy.

Still true today as it was then. Anyway, how about another problem.

In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
Always satisfy the Prime Directive of getting the right answer above all else.

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## #44 2014-03-26 00:29:42

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

Here is another problem for all the brainy people here.

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## #45 2014-03-26 01:01:09

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### Re: Easy puzzle challenge

You'd better add "monic" to your description of f, or else it can't be proved, since for any a, af(x) is another polynomial with the same roots.

"Having thus refreshed ourselves in the oasis of a proof, we now turn again into the desert of definitions." - Bröcker & Jänich

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## #46 2014-03-26 03:13:24

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Done, thanks.

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## #47 2014-04-05 22:36:15

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## #48 2015-05-18 19:21:12

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Bassaricyon neblina

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## #49 2015-05-26 16:57:39

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## #50 2015-05-27 01:39:08

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'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'
I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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