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I am organising yet another lottery and Springer have kindly agreed to donate two copies of LaTeX and Friends (see also).

This year I decided to be the judge of the lottery. The lottery closes when the judge has announced the last winner. The judge's decision is final and there shall be no discussion and/or correspondence about the outcome of the lottery.

To win the book you may guess two numbers in the range 1--250. The first two people that guess the right number win a copy of 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 10 December, 2014. (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.

I can sign the book at your request. Please note that I won't sign by default because I know some people want to keep their books pencil and ink free.

At the time of writing there were no winners yet. To speed things up, contestants may choose two numbers in total.

** OK It's two days before Christmas and the remaining number still hasn't been guessed. I'm giving you one more try, so everybody may guess three numbers in total. **

Update: the numbers were 126 and 197 have been guessed by mrf and phollox respectively.

Congratulations to Winners !. Thanks all for participating. More luck next year.

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    People, I don't understand you I think. We've got 14 people wanting a book, and only 6 of them grateful to Marc for organizing this little TeX.SX Xmas? ... – yo' Dec 10 '14 at 20:28
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    @tohecz To be fair, the customary way of saying 'thanks' on this site is to vote posts up and, by that reckoning, 35 people have said 'thanks', while 52 have answered. Assuming that only those who have answered have voted up, that's slightly better... – cfr Dec 11 '14 at 23:09
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    And people – please stop shaming the 'uninteresting' numbers. All numbers are interesting! – Sean Allred Dec 21 '14 at 3:06
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    @SeanAllred Isn't there even one uninteresting number? Seems a shame - I'd be interested to know which one it was. – cfr Dec 21 '14 at 22:17
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    I have the book Marc. I want to give others an opportunity hence would pass on this. Thanks for every year lottery at tex.sx. – texenthusiast Dec 23 '14 at 0:59
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    @texenthusiast Thanks for that. – user10274 Dec 23 '14 at 13:23
  • Thanks again for this generous donation to the community. I'm sure we all appreciate it! – Joseph Wright Dec 29 '14 at 16:21
  • I'm going to lock here to 'preserve' the question/answers as-is. If anyone needs to edit, ping me in the chat room. – Joseph Wright Dec 29 '14 at 16:22

137 Answers 137

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113 .

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I guess 144, because 144 = 12 * 12 = 3^2*2^4

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72, cause its neat and I seem to get it often.

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  1. Because I can, and because it was the first thing I gazed upon.
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243. trivial answer checker avoidance

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111 :D Because is cool and because is...111

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120, because it is not caught yet.

trivial answer checker avoidance

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241 please - highest prime in the list.

And since you have kindly invited us to choose a second, I'll take 53 as well please (another prime, but also connected with an event in 1962). And by the way, thank you very much for your kind offer!

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  1. Who knows? trivial answer checker avoidance
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1, just because it's too simple to choose.

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097. Because, for me, it is yellow.

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I would like 212 and 222, because that is an awesome number too!

If one of these is a lucky number, I would love an autograph!

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007.

\begin{overly used quote}My name is Bond...\end{overly used quote}

Oh -- seven is taken already. 234 then.

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I'll take 232.

Because of RS232.

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  1. A common U.S. retiring age.
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It looks like 152 hasn't been taken yet.

If someone scoops me, I'll go with 45.

Thanks for offering this lottery!

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075
No reason.

076
Because it's next to my first guess. Think Battleship ...

trivial answer checker avoidance

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  • 1st number: 215
  • 2nd number: 214
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The number of pages in my most recent LaTeX run was 54, so that’s what I’m choosing.

ETA: Second guess is 246.

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190, because that's the only one worthy of being a number ;) Second choice: 099 (but I am too soft!)

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My guess is 158. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you!

My second number is going to be: 074

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084, the year of the first release of Knuth's Tex book.

Second guess: 052, just one of the remaining choices.

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My three numbers are

  • 7
  • 249
  • 109
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21, 35, 56

… seems like an OK number to me :) Send Springer our thanks! Hopefully this will make resource more popular – printed copies are always easier to truly learn from :)

-- Seems like 21+35=56 was the only real option here. :)

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I choose 69. Just because. :P

Second guess: 43, because it is the next largest prime number compared to the answer to life and everything. :)

And finally 124, because... well because it's the third possibility!

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048, 086, and 183 (random number generator)

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30, because .... well .... 30.

Second choice: 33

Third choice: 223

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248, because it is 2^1 2^2 2^3

second guess is 244, because it looks nice.

Third guess: 221

Thanks a lot for preparing this contest! In the improbable case of winning the book, a signed one would be the icing on the cake!

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127, cause that was the time I started writing.

EDIT 2nd Number 180 because Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius died on 17 March(yaaaa, St. Patricks Day!) 180AD.

Edit 3rd Number 078

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