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## Next In Sequence

Posted by Karl Sharman on August 7, 2010 – 3:48 am

Something nice an easy to see you through the weekend…

0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 9, 5, 1, 1, 0, 55, ?, ?, ?

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1. 1. forsythe303 Said：

Got it! Decimal numeral words converted to Roman Numerals using zero for those which do not fit the rules.

At first I didn’t think that fit, but that’s only because the way I’ve seen this one in the past began with “zero”, “one”, “two”, … whereas this one begins with “one”.

“One” has no Roman Numeral letters (I, V, X, L, C, D, M) and thus is replaced with 0. The same for “Two”, “Three”, and “Four”.

Five is replaced as -IV- (there is no Roman Numeral letters for “F” or “e” and so I’ve replaced them with dashes for clarity). IV translated from Roman to Decimal is 4.

So the series goes: 0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 9, 5, 1, 1, 0, 55, 55, 1, 0, 1, …

The last given was “Eleven” which is -L-V– and LV is 55.
Twelve is —LV- which is also 55.
Thirteen is –I—– which is 1.
Fourteen is 0.
Fifteen is -I—– which is 1.

And so on.

Nice Puzzle!

2. 2. Chris Said：

I’m convinced. Nice one forsythe303 (and Karl).

3. 3. Karl Sharman Said：

4hrs 15mins before solved….. how long did you actually work on it forsythe303? Give it to me in seconds, the (hopefully) big number may console me a little, if not, then the pub will have to do!

4. 4. forsythe303 Said：

If it makes you feel any better, I worked on this for approximately 12 weeks before solving it. It was a computer programming assignment back when I was in school. It was used to describe a one-way cipher. Not that it is a good one, but it definitely showed us how one might work. We had to write a program to take a list of words, remove all but the Roman Numeral letters, then convert them to decimal numbers. We used the names of the numbers zero through twenty as a test case and had to show our work by hand using dashes as I did in my solution, but it worked for any list of words.

I only recognized the pattern because it is so unique. So it actually took me approximately 7,257,600 seconds.

It felt good to be able to actually solve one of these correctly for a change. How about giving me another one I have seen before and make me feel even better. Otherwise, the pub will have to do for me as well.

Sincerely Yours,

0 50 0

Now can you guess my middle name?

5. 5. John24 Said：

SLY?

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