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A Mathematical English Sentence

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#408
Fun:*** (2.45)
Difficulty:*** (2.64)
Category:Language
Submitted By:Phyllis*****!
Corrected By:npf2005

 

 

 



The following is a mathematical expression that is a complete English sentence. Can you tell what the message says?

10 20 04 18 0





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Comments

AtropusAnz*
Mar 05, 2006

Wahh.. the gaps make it much harder. Nice one! ^_^
keveffect1*us*
Mar 09, 2006

Nice that would be a good one for Mad Gab
settra626Aus**
Mar 16, 2006

im so confused
Vigo95*us*
May 14, 2006

very interesting ! i liked it a lot !!!
Crazycriely*
Jun 20, 2006

so why does it go from using 0 for "ought" to using it for nothing?
meh it was a bit of a stretch for me
perrygfAil*
Jun 21, 2006

I didn't think it was a stretch to switch what "0" meant. I figured it all words that could be used for a number were fair game. The gaps confused me, though. I thought the first one was ten, then twenty. Nice idea, though. Keep 'em coming!
speedywheelsAus*
Jun 21, 2006

THAT WAS AWESOME.
BatteryAen*
Oct 19, 2006

extremely awesome
banzai*
Oct 19, 2006

i agree dividing the numbers or pairing them up made it a much more difficult teaser. i did not get it, but enjoyed trying.
ciotogca*
Dec 31, 2006

The sentence was a stretch, the spacing of the numbers invalidates their interpretation to me (you can't put 10 together and expect it to mean 1 0, it means "ten"), and 0 doesn't translate to "owe" as 0 is only pronounced as 'o' when it's at the beginning of a number like '06 (or at the beginning of a segment after a boundary, like "twenty-oh-six" means 2006).

Yeah, you could say I didn't think this teaser was very good, or fair.
batatisAus*
May 21, 2007

heard it b4. i tried submitting it but it was your duplicate

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