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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

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I will go for 2. I like this number.

My secong guess is 130.

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186 plus some other characters to make up the body length limit.

Second guess: 6

And a third guess: 188

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120 - its 5!, the symmetry of the icosahedron and of the pentachoron. The largest of the six polyopes in 4D has 120 faces, and ispend a good dealof time getting LaTeX to work in base 120

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My two guesses:

073 and 142

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  1. The minute I posted this (just to generate a random number)

Edit The second number is 204 (just because it is still free)

Third guess 167

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My guesses are: 132 133 134

Because this was the only consecutive triple left on the same row.

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My three guesses:
55 Lowest remaining
235 Highest remaining
145 Average of the previous two

(55 + 235)/2 = 145

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I choose 245 (well, my wife did to me).

Edit:

Ow, just now I discovered that we can choose 2 numbers.

So my second one is 146 because now is 21:46.

Edit 2

So the 3rd number I choose is 058.

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143, for no reason. 051, also no reason 161, still no reason

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57 (first two digits of the question identifier)

83 (my second choice)

219 (third choice)

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I take 010, because the random number generator said so.

Now that two guesses are allowed, my other choice is 066.

My third guess is 178.

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121

...because it's an integer.

Take two: 103 because it has the same sum of digits as 121.

Third time Lucky: 060

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47, my dice said so

Second quess: 181 (no dice)

Third guess! 230

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    A 47+-sided dice? – nyuszika7h Dec 21 '14 at 18:57
  • @nyuszika7h Three 10-sided dice. – Tim N Dec 25 '14 at 19:25
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My first and only attempt is 079, 080, 092!

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Update 1: I picked a number which was already taken, so I got 220 now. :)

Update 2: My second guess: 110 (the sum of three consecutive squares).

Update 3: My third guess: 115 because pie. :)

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179 without a valid reason. I'm sure it is wrong.

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If no one has taken 5 yet, I shall

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165, because I feel it will be the winning number.

I will appreciate a signed copy.

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18 because it's pretty much the best number.

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Hopefully, I will win 0112 = 310 books :)

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I choose 68 and 112

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I choose 82 and 171 because they both look good in formal attire.

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  1. All the cool ones were already taken. Since I can pick two, let's go for 118, the current number of elements in the periodic table.

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25 + 29 = \hruletrivial answer checker avoidance

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    So you're choosing 25 and 29, not 25+29=54, since 54 is already taken... – Werner Dec 16 '14 at 20:56
  • Oh, yes, that was the plan. :) – T. Verron Dec 17 '14 at 6:04
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My guess is 196. I tried to check, and I believe the number has not yet been taken. Also is is a square, has 7 as a prime factor and the number is larger than my age in years, so this must be it!

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  • This was off by 1 :( And I thought my argument was fool-proof ... – jochen Dec 19 '14 at 14:57
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I guess 105 and 198, because numbers.

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I'd like 67 and 185. trivial answer checker avoidance

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101 and 5 enter image description here

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21, because nobody is guessing low numbers!

edit: and 11

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I will try with the numbers 039 and 169.

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