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I am organising a lottery and Springer have kindly agreed to donate a copy of LaTeX and Friends.

Joseph Wright has kindly agreed to act a an independent witness/judge and he knows the winning number.

<LEGAL STUFF> The lottery closes when the judges announce the winner. The judges decision is final and there shall be no discussion and or correspondence about the outcome of the lottery. </LEGAL STUFF>

To win the book you must guess a number in the range 1--200. The first person who guesses the right number wins the book. Please note that the time of arrival in TeX-SX is what counts, not the time of sending.

To give everybody a fair chance, you may submit only one number.

There is one exception to the previous rule. If several contestants submit the same number, the contestant whose submission arrived first is valid. The other contestants may resubmit a new number.

Contestants must have been a member of TeX-SX before 13 December, 2012. (Without this restriction, people may start creating fake accounts and submit multiple guesses.)

Please post your guess as an answer to this meta question; not as a comment. Comments will be ignored. Please only put your guess in the body of the answer.

Guesses will be checked every couple of days and the winner will be announced within a few days after.

EDIT: At the winner's request, I can sign the book. (I'm not doing this by default because I know some people want to keep their books pencil and ink free.)

EDIT: There are still plenty of free numbers. I am relaxing the rules. Contestants may submit 2 (valid) guesses.

EDIT: Congratulations to @seadoor for guessing the right number 132. Well done. Thanks to Joseph Wright for helping as a judge and alerting me the right number had been chosen (I hadn't noticed it because it was added as an edit to an existing post). Thanks to everybody for participating. It took a bit longer than anticipated. Next time I should allow a shorter range of numbers.

Finally, please accept my apologies for entering the publicity tag.

Have fun.

Marc van Dongen


The numbers that are already chosen : Running your favorite algorithm-sort... Please Wait...

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  • 3
    To all: After posting the answer can you please include your number on the list in the question ? If we expect high attendance it will soon go out of hand. Maybe we can collect all the guesses in one answer for ease similar to our package maintainers question. – percusse Dec 13 '12 at 22:44
  • 1
    @percusse - Newbies can't edit the question :( – Tyler Dec 13 '12 at 23:42
  • @Tyler No problem, I added the number :) – percusse Dec 14 '12 at 0:03
  • 6
    What happens if there are < 200 entries and the number you choose hasn't been picked by anyone? – Alan Munn Dec 14 '12 at 0:09
  • 3
    @AlanMunn Should there not be a winner by Christmas, I'll come up with a solution. Possible solutions are picking a contestant at random. (It's possible.) – user10274 Dec 14 '12 at 8:08
  • 2
    FYI There's another book for grabs on comp.text.tex. – user10274 Dec 14 '12 at 17:32
  • 6
    @AryehLeibTaurog The purpose of the lottery is to give away a book for free. – user10274 Dec 16 '12 at 17:53
  • 5
    @MarcvanDongen In my defense: (1) I followed the suggestion to add my own number to the list and, before editing, checked the last several revisions before mine. Since the list and graph seemed to be maintained separately, I explicitly mentioned that I didn't update the graph as a courtesy to alert those actively maintaining it. Clearly that worked; my apologies if it offended. (2) I have been a member at TeX.SX since 17 January 2012 and am not sure how you determined otherwise. (3) I've submitted my second entry and updated the graph accordingly this time. – Tim Parenti Dec 17 '12 at 17:15
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    @Stephen It seems the graph is done in UTC according to the time the entry was posted here. – Tim Parenti Dec 17 '12 at 20:08
  • 2
    So those who come to enter now stand a much higher change than those of us who have entered already, because there are fewer numbers left for them to choose from :( But I guess we had the chance earlier on to guess before they did. – SabreWolfy Dec 19 '12 at 21:04
  • 3
    @SabreWolfy Ohh time for everyone to play Monty Hall – David Carlisle Dec 20 '12 at 1:14
  • 1
    @Jake We have a winner. – user10274 Dec 20 '12 at 17:29
  • 1
    Is there some meaning to 132, or was it chosen randomly? – mafp Dec 20 '12 at 20:37
  • 1
    @mafp It was chosen at random. I sent the number to Joseph Wright before I announced the lottery. – user10274 Dec 20 '12 at 20:40
  • 1
    @Qrrbrbirlbel As a figure of speech:) – user10274 Dec 20 '12 at 22:44

123 Answers 123

2

17. Current number of upvotes. Also a number.

Second guess: 56

1

200 .... and some text for the answer.

1

149

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

1

27, because I am 27 years old!

1

i'll go for: 11

because it's more than 10 and less than twelve and also because you need to type at least 30 characters...

1

101 is mine, and this is some text to reach 30 chars

1

35. Because. (Well, I have a reason to choose this number, which I'll disclose if I win:P. Not that I believe it has greater chances or anything like that;).)

1

119 - just a random choice :).

1

96, please. A nicely balanced yet untraditional number indeed.

1

15 - a very nice number indeed!

1

My guess is 167. This should be > 30 characters for an answer now :)

1

110

Donald E. Knuth’s birthday in British/American date format: 1/10.

1

64

The first non-trivial square that is also a cube, of course... does it matter though?

1

I have no preference for any number, so I'll pick one at random:

  $ sudo apt-get install rand   
  $ rand -M 200
  58   

And yes, it is easier sample(1:200;1) in R, but is too sort to avoid

Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because body must be at least 30 characters.

Well, definitively: 58

1

193

No reason.................

1

<>---<> <>---<>     99     <>---<> <>---<>

1

16, just because it is 7+9. And now the body is sufficiently long.

1

9 - My lucky number forever....

1

102 - Year and month of my daughters birth =)

1

My picks (now that I've been allowed a second number):

n in (38, 171)
1

61

I used R to draw a random number.

> sample.int(200,1)
[1] 61

I tossed a die and came up with 6 as my second number.

1

OK Thanks Marc. This is my second number -- 169

enter image description here

1

80, as my first number.
166, as my second one.

I hope to be lucky!

1

I'd like to choose 14, as it's a random number, and 112.

1

150 - half the number of pages the book has.

As a second guess: 116... for no special reason.

1

190! I choose you!

Just because.

1

19

The hundredth part of the century I was born. ;-)

Edit: I just notice, this could be slightly misleading, but I won’t change it.

Second number, this time using a random generator:

164

0

RE(189 + 190i) For the hell of it.

0

I select the number 106. Why not give it a shot?