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Cheap Super Computer


Puzzle ID:#402
Fun:*** (2.63)
Difficulty:** (1.41)
Submitted By:22ACE***
Corrected By:cnmne




There is a device that can add, subtract, multiply, divide, do any mathematical problem, write in any language, find out any universal problem, tell you any secret, and solve all human questions. It was invented quite a long time ago, is small enough to fit in your pocket, has a deleting device on it as standard equipment and only costs a few cents. How can a store sell such a magnificent device for a few cents without losing money? What is this great product and why hasn't the world used it for its maximum power?

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Dec 23, 2001

That is actually, incorrect, because the pencil only writes down your thoughts, it doesn't do them for you.
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Jun 11, 2002

Apr 25, 2003

Wow, the secret is now out for all those Mathematically challenged students and their teachers. We just start learning to use pencils!
Jun 10, 2003

The author of the teaser didnt answer its second question!
Dec 24, 2003

This is a really clever idea for a teaser, and would have worked better if some of the "abilities" had been left out. A pencil CAN write in any language and be used to solve any equation, but the rest is sort of a stretch. Nevertheless, a good effort.
Jan 19, 2006

I agree... Nice effort, good idea for a teaser, but to say a pencil can solve all of humankind's questions implies that people can solve all our questions, and we can't (though we try!).

Loved the "can write in any language..." and some of the other clues, though... they helped me get it.

Jan 21, 2006

^^ i agree w// them two
Mar 14, 2006

That was good. I was thinking of a brain at first, but I guess you couldn't buy one for just a few cents
Mar 26, 2006

i thought the same as thompson until they said the purchase price ! the last time i tried to buy a brain it cost WAY more than that !!!
May 05, 2007

wow that was goood!!!!
howd u make that up???
May 14, 2007

I 'ACEd' this one

Nov 12, 2008

Despite maybe some grandiose wording, this was still a very clever teaser!
Jul 07, 2016

The "deleting device" clue was key for me.

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