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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
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    @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
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    FYI There's another book for grabs on comp.text.tex. – user10274 Dec 14 '12 at 17:32
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    @AryehLeibTaurog The purpose of the lottery is to give away a book for free. – user10274 Dec 16 '12 at 17:53
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    @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
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    @SabreWolfy Ohh time for everyone to play Monty Hall – David Carlisle Dec 20 '12 at 1:14
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    @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
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    @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

3

So this is my first post on meta - who would have guessed that? Here we go: 117 and 36

3

144 - It has a number of interesting properties; the one I like the most: the largest Fibonacci number that is a square.

EDIT: my second guess: 55 - The largest triangular number in the Fibonacci sequence.

3
  • 49
  • 151
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    And it is 49 = 42 + 7. I should have thought of that. – Stephen Dec 13 '12 at 19:17
2

97 - why not! (This is just to get the answer registered)

2

I choose 3, because of this comment.

enter image description here

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39 -- I want the book! I am crazy of only books :-)

2

21, of course. I hope I get the book before then, as I won't have much need for LaTeX once the world ends.

2

1+1=3 so I'll go with 113. :)

2

66 (just a random number in order to win)

2

100 ♥

P.S. Someone guessed 250. They may want to resubmit their guess, considering the range is 1—200...

  • I’m sure, he won’t. Did you read the part in parentheses? And then take a look, who made this guess … – Speravir Dec 14 '12 at 3:20
  • @Speravir I just now saw the poster's actual comment. Cute. ;-) – JDG Dec 14 '12 at 6:29
  • Thank you for your concern:-) – David Carlisle Dec 14 '12 at 12:10
  • @DavidCarlisle :) – JDG Dec 15 '12 at 15:11
2

142, which is just a number I like.

2

12 which is my favourite number also a sacred number.

2

29 please, although there are already more than enough answers – as the system is warning me.

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    I found that comment quite amusing as well. I guess artificial intelligence is still a little way off. – Loop Space Dec 14 '12 at 9:01
2

I think the number is: 69

;-D

  • woohoo!! aw yeaaahhhhhhh – Sean Allred Dec 17 '12 at 19:45
2

18 - day of birth - just because 22 was already taken.

2

138 - Since I'm unable to decide myself such an important thing, I asked http://www.random.org/ and this was the answer.

2

Ummm... 60? 60. Definitely 60! How many characters is that...

2

199

No witty comment, but I did get this message, as I'm sure lots of other folks did.

enter image description here

  • So did you read through all the existing answers first to make sure that your answer will be contributing something new? – Jesper Ipsen Dec 17 '12 at 20:45
2

139

Because at this time, these numbers were already given:

1 2 3 7 8 10 11 12 13 15 17 18 21 22 23 27 28 29 30 31 33 35 39 42 43 49 57 60 61 66 67 69 73 78 84 85 88 91 96 97 100 101 109 111 113 117 118 119 121 123 127 128 131 137 138 142 144 149 154 156 170 172 177 191 199 200 250

So, in bash:

$ a=( 1 2 3 7 8 10 11 12 13 15 17 18 21 22 23 27 28 29 30 31 33 35 39 42 43 49 57 60 61 66 67 69 73 78 84 85 88 91 96 97 100 101 109 111 113 117 118 119 121 123 127 128 131 137 138 142 144 149 154 156 170 172 177 191 199 200 250 )
$ IFS=+ read s <<< "${a[*]}"
$ echo $((s%200+1))
139
2

Dreaming of apples on a wall,

And dreaming often, dear,

I dreamed that, if I counted all

-- How many would appear?

The answer is 10.

Edit (second guess): or maybe 9?

2

67 -- just a random number ...

My second guess: 120.

2

47, because according to The 47 society "47 appears to be the quintessential random number of the universe."

Edit: Second guess: 094

2

73 - Joseph's user number, for lack of any better ideas or a 200-sided dice.

EDIT: second guess:

105 - it somehow stood out to me from the table of still available numbers...

2

Others beat me at posting my favorite numbers, so here is my (wild) guess:

31 (my birthday :))

My second guess, since it's still not taken:

108

EDIT: If I win, I'd like the book to be signed. :)

  • I feel like congratulating myself on the originality of my choice... :D – Count Zero Dec 14 '12 at 19:15
2

8, just because it's my birthday. Second guess: 65.

2

I'm a TeX newbie, but it'd be cool to win a book :)

185.

Should I edit the answer to add my number in, or are the admins taking care of that?

Edit: My second answer: 75.

  • I’m going to edit this for you right now. – Speravir Dec 16 '12 at 18:38
2

123 three digits of consecutive numbers divisible by 3 less than 200.

My second guess is 143 just because other people will not pick it because of its use as a common code for a corny endearment.

2

156, dice roll.

second guess: 74

2

23 and 124.

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    I can't Fnord believe 23 was still Fnord available... – clemens Dec 14 '12 at 22:28