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The Passwords



 

Puzzle ID:#13551
Fun:**** (3.21)
Difficulty:*** (2.41)
Category:Other
Submitted By:bobdole***

 

 

 



A man worked for a high-security institution, and one day he went in to work only to find that he could not log in to his computer terminal. His password wouldn't work. Then he remembered that the passwords are reset every month for security purposes. So he went to his boss and they had this conversation:
Man-"Hey boss, my password is out of date."
Boss-"Yes, that's right. The password is different, but if you listen carefully you should be able to figure out the new one: It has the same amount of letters as your old password, but only four of the letters are the same."
Man: "Thanks boss."
With that, he went and correctly logged into his station.
What was the new password?
BONUS: What was his old password?





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Comments

Wastrel*
Jul 09, 2003

That made me think for a while! Good job!
MysticGohan789
Jul 10, 2003

This Is Probably The Cleverest I Have Ever Read
jacintan*
Aug 08, 2003

This is an absolutely FANTASTIC teaser. I think it's my favourite.
neoglare
Aug 11, 2003

This ones pretty good...
CowboyRider**
Nov 29, 2004

That's an awsome teaser! I loved it!
judybee
Dec 03, 2004



Super Job !

No wonder you were a presidential candiate.

I will be sharing this one with family and co-workers.
TiggrAus*
Dec 03, 2004

Sweet! had I been paying attention to detail maybe I would've gotten that, but that was a bit too clever for me. That was a great teaser, if you have any more like that keep on posting
smgreyuk**
Dec 03, 2004

I got the password being Different str8 away. Reminds me of a riddle called the GRY riddle, hoever took my time 2 figure out the old password.
triagepro
Dec 03, 2004

This one was super ! One of my favorites ! Very slick !
(user deleted)
Dec 03, 2004

Dude! That was like major awsomeage! when i saw the answer i was like duuh!
Nicky101Aus*
Dec 03, 2004

I'm often very literal but I'm surprised i didn't get this one. good one
I_am_the_Omega**
Dec 03, 2004

Nice! I was looking for the trick in the text but couldn't find it!!!
soccerchick14
Dec 03, 2004

good teaser! im not gonna lie~it had me stumped! thats kinda wat i looked like! well keep up the great work!
wolf4867
Dec 03, 2004

The answer could have been November and December, if you did not look at the 'hint'. It fit all the criteria. 4 letters the same, and the same number of letters.
poparazzi93*
Dec 04, 2004

Loved it! Very cool teaser.
mcgrawactor1
Dec 06, 2004

What fun!! Keep 'em coming!
Patte*ph
Dec 11, 2004

It's very easy!!!!!!! But don' worry because I had ssssoooo mmmmuuuucccchhhh ffffuuuunnnn!!!!!!!!!!!
Skybet*gb*
Dec 23, 2004

Am i the only one who didnt like it?
knbrain**
Dec 24, 2004

I think it belongs in the trick catagory
knbrain**
Dec 24, 2004

sorry about my spelling error
KrAzIe_PiNk
Jan 27, 2005

Boss-"Yes, that's right. The password is different, but if you listen carefully you should be able to figure out the new one: It has the same amount of letters as your old password, but only four of the letters are the same."

The 'but if you listen carefully' was the only part I didn't like. But, hey, if you said "The password is different" would be realllly easy! So, great job.
irock3001Aus*
Jun 20, 2005

Awesome teaser. I knew there was going to be a trick in the writing. I found the first one, out of date, but i didn't get the last one.
ure really good at this.
MTK_90**
Jun 29, 2005

THIS IS THE BEST ONE SO FAR THAT I'VE HEARD!
SunroseAus*
Sep 09, 2005

Thought this one was cute. Good Job
TheEarthling*no*
Dec 03, 2005

Yay! I got this one. Very cool teaser.
(user deleted)
Dec 03, 2005

Brilliant teaser! Shoul've got it but didn't - duh!
thimblenogginus*
Dec 03, 2005

Everything after "the password is different" is misleading garbage. It should say "if you've been listening carefully you already know the answer".

Got it anyway though.

Nice one.
Tarynng
Dec 03, 2005

awesome puzzle!
redraptor50*us*
Dec 03, 2005

Great teaser , Loved it
bluehawk*us*
Dec 03, 2005

That was very cute. I figured it would be "different" and I was right, no pun intended. Well Bob Dole keep them coming.I enjoyed this one.
jessjspieks*us*
Dec 03, 2005

SUPER JOB I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE....GOING TO MY FAV'S
coldfire*
Dec 03, 2005

niceeeeeeee I am sure no one will get it on the first guess!
ceeyaaa**
Dec 03, 2005

I loved it...very clever...I didn't read it carefully
gnosys
Dec 03, 2005

May I offer another small tweak? When the man comes into his boss's ofc, he should say something like: "I tried to log onto my computer, but my password was out of date." The man is aware that his password is out of date... and therefore no longer "out of date"... so he would know better than to use the present tense: "My password IS out of date." Using some version of the above, he can use the past tense (i.e., "My password WAS out of date") without it seeming odd or drawing too much attention to the line.

Also, I agree about putting "listen carefully" before "your password is different," because it does suggest the answer will be included in what follows, not in what the boss has already said.

Finally, the only reason I found this teaser easy was that the boss's speech, which he tells us contains the solution, is so brief that there aren't many possible red herrings to think about. (Another possibility would be to somehow omit the overt hint that the solution is in his words.)

IRRELEVANT, PEDANTIC DIGRESSION

I looked up "i.e." to make sure I was using it correctly above, and I learned or was reminded of the following trivial but occasionally useful information:

The abbreviation "i.e." means "that is" (from the Latin "id est") and should not be confused with "e.g." -- which means "for example" (from the Latin "exempli gratia").

Two other occasionally confused Latin abbreviations used in English are "etc.", which means "and so on" (short for "et cetera" -- literally "and the rest") and "et al" (no period used with this one), which means "and others" (short for "et alii"). The two abbreviations have similar but not quite identical meanings; the main thing to beware of is the common mispronunciation "ekk cetera" (and accompanying misspelling "ect.").

EQUALLY IRRELEVANT (UNPAID) PLUG:

For intense brain teasing and other perverse pleasures, I'd heartily recommend the newly re-released DVD boxed set of the bizarre, beautiful, utterly unique MTV animated sci-fi (sort of) series, "Aeon Flux" (not to be confused with the new live-action movie, with which it has almost nothing in common and on which the show's creator, Peter Chung, had no input. In a way, the episodes of the series ARE puzzles... with no easy or obvious solutions.
cheer_leader_qt
Dec 03, 2005

i liked it, but i thought it waz hard. o well.
Marty_New
Dec 03, 2005

Luv It!!!!!
martiemr*
Dec 03, 2005

wonderful!!!!!


gnosys: get a life
kman613**
Dec 03, 2005

That was an excellent teaser!
jimbo46**
Dec 03, 2005

No, Skybet, U rn't the only one who didn't like this teaser. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood, but I didn't think it gave enough info.
rubberducky36**
Dec 03, 2005

very very good. very very very VERY very good. VERY VERY....you get the idea.
mogur*
Dec 03, 2005

Now THAT'S an excellent brain teaser. Bob Dole, I knew I liked you for a reason. How's that viagra working out?
choptlivvaAus*
Dec 03, 2005

It stumped me!!!!
The funny thing is, I used to have a password like that. If my kids tried to guess it, I told them the answer using it clearly in the sentence. They never got it. I thought I was so clever! I guess not!!! :
choptlivvaAus*
Dec 03, 2005

ps.... I do think it belongs in the "Trick" category. Very good though!!!
lindquist_25Aus*
Dec 03, 2005

Not bad, I never would have gotten it!
hidentreasure**
Dec 03, 2005

Good teaser
kimberlykayAus*
Dec 03, 2005

Cute teaser
I think gnosys has way too much time on his/her hands!
jbray
Dec 03, 2005

Oh good greif People look way too much into this. It was a great teaser. Perfectly worded. I got it fairly easy. It took a couple of reads and some logic use, but to say that you need to change it and analyze the teaser is crazy.

Great Job!!!
DeeAnn**
Dec 03, 2005

This was a really great teaser, we figured out the old password but wasn't paying enough attention to get the new one. Great job!!
azbee123*us*
Dec 03, 2005

cute!!!
speediebean**
Dec 03, 2005

Excellent teaser Bobdole, wonderful job!!

Precious, not everyone has a problem with being disagreeable, you apparently don't. I, however, disagree with you, it was a brilliant teaser, it made perfect sense, please don't be a spoilsport just because you didn't get it.
I only 'got' half of it, and I enjoyed it very very much. I happen to like things that make me think.
lindz_1786
Dec 03, 2005

there wasn't enough information for someone to figure that out. it was clever, but not a good teaser
KatV*us*
Dec 03, 2005

I lOVED it!!!! Totally funny...it just proves that sometimes we make things harder than they really are!
hockeygirl*mx*
Dec 03, 2005

that was easy but cute!!
hockeygirl*mx*
Dec 03, 2005

ps lindz ur mean!!!
hockeygirl*mx*
Dec 03, 2005

pps preisous u have issues
today im pissed off at the world so nobody take offense
ChattyMonkey**
Dec 03, 2005

one of the hardest, yet best i've seen. not gonna lie, it stumped me !
vlermaAus*
Dec 03, 2005

This is the kind of brainteaser that everyoe shouold enjoy. That's why they are called such bobdole must be hi-minded since he his from the Rocky Mountain High state. Thanks much for the lesson on showing us we don't always know how to shovel out the extra words when a politician speaks.
vlermaAus*
Dec 03, 2005

ps sorry for some of the typos. This is my first time at commenting. Have a good teaser to submit, but still don't have the number of points accumulated. Will keep watching though!!
Lizzy9
Dec 03, 2005

I wish I could have gotten that. It was really clever!
POPSca*
Dec 03, 2005

Loved it Ya got me Very clever and well thought out Keep them coming!!!!!
lovefrenzy**
Dec 03, 2005

i love this one
wizkid**
Dec 03, 2005

great teaser. I loved it. I got it right off the back.
mrticklesAus*
Dec 03, 2005

i'll vote for you next time you run
Bware0313
Dec 03, 2005

I luved this teaser, so difficult, yet so simple
leroy_h*
Dec 03, 2005

i did not get it this time. But i enjoyed the braingle.
shawneeo*us*
Dec 03, 2005

I got it!!! It was a good one, but I agree with a few of the others above, I think one or two little tweaks would make it a PERFECT teaser. If you know this type, it's pretty easy. There's a teaser called GRY on here that is excellent and that was my first meeting with this kind of teaser. And gnosys (sorry if I got ur name wrong) I found what you said totally correct and the other stuff very very interesting. Thanks for the teaser!
GirlyxGirlxMia**
Dec 03, 2005

wow that was really good!! Keep em coming...!!! That made me think for a while
(user deleted)
Dec 03, 2005

Gnosis, I have to hand it to you. You have a streak of genius!! you are what i aspire to be!! You are really smart, but you really need to stop leaving those long comments and correcting everyone. I learned the hard way that people do not like criticism-no matter how constructive it is. Do not take it the wrong way. If you are offended, then I know what type of person you are-the ones mentioned before. If you aren't, well you're like me.
(user deleted)
Dec 03, 2005

PS: YOUR CORRECTIONS WERE PERFECT! SUPERB! MAGNIFICO!!
(user deleted)
Dec 03, 2005

Oh, I forgot to add that this was a very good teaser. One of those where you want to slap yourself when you see the answer.
AngelliAph*
Dec 03, 2005

i had to reread to get it
hockeygirl*mx*
Dec 03, 2005

sorry ppls im all better now!!
i honsetly thought this one was very clever and a great teaser see im not always horrible just erlier
stephiesd**
Dec 04, 2005

Wow. That was so cool. I feel stupid for not getting it.
simplimade
Dec 04, 2005

I thought this was a pretty easy teaser. But it was a lot of fun anyway.
lmurray*cn*
Dec 04, 2005

VERY GOOD!
kdm13202*us*
Dec 04, 2005

Yea It was neat . made me think.
kdm13202*us*
Dec 04, 2005

Once i read the answer i wanted to turn my foot around and kick my own tail.
GinnyWeasly*us*
Dec 04, 2005

I really liked your teaser! It was great! I had a real hard time figuring it out, but in the end I got it. Again, great job!
Fame_Kraze*in*
Dec 04, 2005

veryyyyyyy cute
cassiemarkAus*
Dec 05, 2005

I liked that one and hope you submit more like it! Thanks!
FulanitoGM*sv*
Dec 05, 2005

What is up with these repeats? I may unsubscribe from the daily teaser e-mail if this keeps up.

Cool teaser by the way...
litt1eME
Dec 06, 2005

lol cool.
Amalius*
Dec 07, 2005

Verry kool after I red the answer I kind of laughed to myself loved the word play
michelle3617Aus*
Dec 11, 2005

triickyyy
doka13*ml*
Dec 26, 2005

Wow, don't i feel like a dork... I DID slap myself when I found out the answer... I thought it was like, word or pass and the old one... never mind... Gr8 teaser...
peppamintp*us*
Dec 27, 2005

Excellent I really enjoyed it and it made me think. Can't wait to read more
TryerAen*
Jan 05, 2006

I thought that was brilliant, I read and re-read several times, but still couldn't figure it out WELL DONE!!
teen_wizAca*
Feb 14, 2006

Hey, I actually got it! And it's only 10:23 in the morning! Great job!
zonarita*us*
Mar 19, 2006

fun teaser.
bpkeller*
May 12, 2006

*groan*.............I can`t belive it was that simple!
PunnettSwears*au*
Jun 10, 2006

Pretty obvious, but nevertheless fun. Hope to see more from you.
schoo*ar
Jun 25, 2006

Awesome, very clever, Loved it, hope to see more!!!!
npf2005*
Jul 22, 2006

SO BRILLIANT I FELL OF MY SEAT (I did actually)
sexigaljst4u*en*
Jul 29, 2006

i thought it was quite hard but oh well
twixy*
Aug 05, 2006

very easy.
jamesbondAsg*
Aug 14, 2006

nice one....did u make it on ur own ???
lmurray*cn*
Dec 03, 2006

GOOD TEASER, AS I PREVIOUSLY STATED, ALMOST A YEAR AGO TO THE DAY, BUT WHAT'S WITH ALL THE RERUNS?

I REMEMBERED THE ANSWER BEFORE I FINISHED READING IT.

HELP, HELP, ALL THE RERUNS ARE GETTING BORING.
phyllisa*us*
Dec 03, 2006

I liked this one a lot . The "listen" part also threw me,but I realize the employer was talking to him. I also think it belongs in the Trick category.
sftbaltwty*us*
Dec 03, 2006

are you all kidding me? this is terribly written! you can't say "the password is different, but if you listen closely you might be able to guess the new one"! or whatever the heck it said..hello..if he just told him what the password was..why would he tell him to pay attention to try and figure it out......let's think about this one here people.
puttumupus*
Dec 03, 2006

a stinker thinker bravo
rambo67us
Dec 03, 2006

Great job, Bob! I really enjoy "stumpers" such as this. Without getting verbose as some critics did, let me say that the extra "flack" in the boss's reply is what really threw me off- when he added "four letters are different." But it was a terrific teaser and not many people can be clever enough to come up with such quality yet alone be brave enough to post it. FABULOUS EFFORT!
coachpisco*
Dec 03, 2006

I agree with Imurray (again) that I heard this one before, and knew at least part of the answer before I ended the reading.
if_i_may94*au
Dec 03, 2006

that is SO CLEVER bobdole!!!!!!!!!!! good on you!

keep up the good work.

if_i_may94
p.s. i was STUMPED
patpat553*
Dec 03, 2006

I didn't like this one at all! Had to think too much. Sorry,we just had a bad ice storm,just got power back on,and I'm just now thawing out. Still a little crabby.
bradon182001*us*
Dec 03, 2006

Sorry Patpat about the storm cutting off your power. We were lucky in my part of WNY. Just had high winds, rain. Regarding the teaser, I thought it was pretty good, but I had never seen it before, so it was new to me. I have to agree with Imurray and Coachpisco, where are all the new teasers that people are submitting? Surely there must be some good ones.
krystalklearsky*
Dec 03, 2006

It was very clever! I didn't get it at first but it is very good
schmedley9*us*
Dec 03, 2006

I DON'T GET IT. DUHHHHHH. I DUNNO!!!
doghouse270**
Dec 03, 2006

tricky, tricky, tricky
nice one
-loveable-**
Dec 03, 2006

THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP THEM COMEING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anarock123*
Dec 03, 2006

I didn't get it and it was so good!
jcann*us*
Dec 03, 2006

I have also been wondering for some time now why we are getting so many reruns. I know it was stated a while back that some people are new to this site and so the reruns are new to them. But I have only been a member for a little over a year and I am already getting bored by reruns. How about several days of new ones and then inserting a good rerun? I also get tired of going seeing 115 or so comments, most of which were made 1-3 years ago.
wordmama*
Dec 03, 2006

Hi, folks! I'm another relative newcomer for whom this puzzle was new....

I believe this puzzle SHOULD be marked 'trick'! It totally stumped me, but I had a good laugh when I read the answer!!
yojance
Dec 03, 2006

I got the old password right but the new one was hard to figure out. I didn't guess it so had to look at the answer. Very good teaser indeed
senther7Aus*
Dec 03, 2006

LOL

nice 1
elu93Aus*
Dec 03, 2006

lol, great teaser! i only got the old password right, too. Go bobdole!
scallioAus*
Dec 04, 2006

Got it and loved it! Awesome teaser!
cuteandditzyAus*
Dec 04, 2006

Right in front of my face and I missed it. Oh well. Win some, lose some. Great job!
CelineCarey
Dec 07, 2006

If you ignore rules of proper sentence structure and English grammar then this was a good teaser
QrystalAca*
Dec 14, 2006

That was terrible!!


--I mean, of course, the fact that it stumped me so badly.

Good teaser over all, but I agree with the suggestions made above for improvement, especially: "I tried to log onto my computer, but my password was out of date."

Cheers!
vlermaAus*
Dec 15, 2006

I really enjoyed this teaser, but for me it was quite easy. Many of us read between the lines to get the real meaning of things. More please.
solarsistim321*us*
Feb 25, 2007

rt1819Aus*
Nov 11, 2007

Wow, I had to scroll awhile to get down here! It was worth the wait. This was an awesome teaser, and I usually don't comment, but well done!
GrandmaB*
Dec 09, 2007

This is why English teachers harp on punctuation: If this were correctly written with quotation marks around the stated critical words, it wouldn't be the good teaser that it is...and we would have gotten it!
soccercow10Aus*
Mar 22, 2008

Great! I actually got it!
But my only question is when the boss says the new password is different, he says "but if you listen closely you will be able to get the new one". I don't get why the boss would say details about the new one after he says it.
Just a thought. Liked it though
emu77alu02us*
Dec 03, 2009

I got 'different' right off the bat, but it never even crossed my mind that 'out of date' was the old one. That was clever. Good job!
doeheadAus*
Dec 03, 2009

Paying attention to what I was reading made this extremely easy.
patiencewithaP*us*
Dec 03, 2009

Fun teaser! Took me a minute to find the second one. I love it!
auntiesisAus*
Dec 03, 2009

Great teaser, it had me puzzled. I must say, it is one of my faves.
UptheHillA*
Dec 03, 2009

NICE1, THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVS!!!!
Jake10Aus*
Dec 03, 2009

OH!!!!! It was right there and i missed it!
mathisnice*us*
Apr 08, 2010

I got the first one, but not the bonus.
brielle-bubble*us
Jul 14, 2011

so fun
Babe*
Dec 03, 2012

elentirAus*
Dec 03, 2012

Fun - but I wouldn't call this place a high security institution. They use dictionary words for their passwords and his boss knows his password? That is probably the weakest password security procedure a company can use.
cutebugAus*
Dec 03, 2012

Read,read, read. Very easy
eamonca*
Dec 03, 2012

The part about only four letters being the same makes no sense and the conversation is only clever cover if it seems natural otherwise the boss should have just said it plainly.

In the real world of high security I doubt a password could have spaces and NOT have at least one numeral or capital letter. The password would also be assigned by a program and never be a cute word or phrase.

The essence of the teaser is cute but the details spoil it upon inspection.
Marpleen*
Dec 07, 2012

This is a very old riddle so I knew the answer straight away. Very disappointing.



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