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How many answers can you find to fill in the blank in the following sentence so that it is true?


THIS SENTENCE HAS _______ LETTERS.
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MANY, WHITE, or ALL CAPITAL (3 ANSWERS).
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Thirty-one
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THIRTY-THREE
magicgeorge
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22


Some
Several

Bringing the total up to 8 answers.

If the original sentence was:

This sentence contains ______ letters.

I would be able to give 70 answers that work.......
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This sentence has ... nothing in it whatsoever that should give you cause to bombard Steve Brooks with angry cards and ... letters.

ABSOLUTELY NO LOWER-CASE

ONLY tWo LOWER-CASE
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Should we assume that only words that refer to cardinal numbers should be allowed in the blank?

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New rule (thanks for the point, landmark) - whatever you insert into the blank must refer to a specific number, and that number must keep the phrase true.

So far, we have:

1) THIRTY-ONE (cheesewrestler)
2) THRTY-THREE (bvbernard)
3) 22 (magicgeorge)

There are still more answers to be found!
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Would it be a true statement to say that

This sentence has nine letters.

Since it does contain 9 letters and it is not stated "in total".( Like the old gag: how many months have 28 days in them? All of them.)

If so then two to thirty can be included and 2 to 21. Bringing the total up to a nice round 50 answers
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ZERO HEBREW LETTERS.

I know it is nasty but it does refer to a number
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Are we to eliminate "44/2", "2*11" , "20+2" and the like?
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On 2003-12-12 05:45, magicgeorge wrote:
Would it be a true statement to say that

This sentence has nine letters.

Since it does contain 9 letters and it is not stated "in total".( Like the old gag: how many months have 28 days in them? All of them.)

If so then two to thirty can be included and 2 to 21. Bringing the total up to a nice round 50 answers



In a normal context, some one reading the sentence, "THIS SENTENCE HAS NINE LETTERS", would not find it to be true, so I'll have to say no go on your 2-21 answers.

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On 2003-12-12 08:59, Nir Dahan wrote:
ZERO HEBREW LETTERS.

I know it is nasty but it does refer to a number



How about if I put it this way - the blank must refer only to a number.

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On 2003-12-12 11:36, leonard wrote:
Are we to eliminate "44/2", "2*11" , "20+2" and the like?


Mathematically, those are already the same as a previously given answer - 22, so those aren't considered different answers.

However, there's another approach that would let you put equations in the blank, but that's my only hint.
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This sentence has twelve letters.

OR

This sentence has 12 letters.
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How about:
This sentence has thirty plus seven letters. (37 letters)
This sentence has forty minus three letters. (37 letters)
This sentence has forty minus four letters. (36 letters)
This sentence has forty plus two plus two plus five letters. (49 letters)
This sentence has forty plus two plus four plus four letters. (50 letters)
This sentence has four times ten plus one letters. (41 letters)
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How about "THIS SENTENCE HAS TEN LETTERS."?

The letters are, in order of first appearance, T, H, I, S, E, N, C, A, L, R.

In a similar vein, you would have "THIS SENTENCE HAS ELEVEN LETTERS."

The letters would be, in order of first appearance, T, H, I, S, E, N, C, A, L, V, R.
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How about going for a procedural counting description ala Bertrand Russel?

AS MANY LETTERS AS YOU COUNT FROM ITS WORDS PLUS THE NUMBER OF LETTERS EVER WRITTEN THOUGH NOT SENT MINUS THE ...
...to all the coins I've dropped here
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<23 , <24, <26 etc etc
>21.......
Scott Cram
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On 2003-12-12 13:13, 0pus wrote:
THIS SENTENCE HAS TWELVE LETTERS.

OR

THIS SENTENCE HAS 12 LETTERS.


If you're taking the angle that you take the word "LETTERS" to mean different letters (great lateral thinking, BTW!), then only one of your sentences works. Your first sentence does have 12 different letters. Your second sentence, though, only has 10 different letters. Making "10" a possible answer.

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On 2003-12-12 14:51, leonard wrote:
How about:
This sentence has thirty plus seven letters. (37 letters)
This sentence has forty minus three letters. (37 letters)
This sentence has forty minus four letters. (36 letters)
This sentence has forty plus two plus two plus five letters. (49 letters)
This sentence has forty plus two plus four plus four letters. (50 letters)
This sentence has four times ten plus one letters. (41 letters)



:wow:

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On 2003-12-12 15:04, 0pus wrote:
How about "THIS SENTENCE HAS TEN LETTERS."?

The letters are, in order of first appearance, T, H, I, S, E, N, C, A, L, R.

In a similar vein, you would have "THIS SENTENCE HAS ELEVEN LETTERS."

The letters would be, in order of first appearance, T, H, I, S, E, N, C, A, L, V, R.


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On 2003-12-12 17:48, JonTown wrote:
How about going for a procedural counting description ala Bertrand Russel?

AS MANY LETTERS AS YOU COUNT FROM ITS WORDS PLUS THE NUMBER OF LETTERS EVER WRITTEN THOUGH NOT SENT MINUS THE ...


Hey - as long as it refers to or totals a specific number eventually, and that equals the total number of letters in the sentence, I'd love to hear it!

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On 2003-12-12 19:11, magicgeorge wrote:
<23 , <24, <26 etc etc
>21.......


These aren't specific numbers - they're number ranges.


Let's see what we have so far:

The "literal interpretation" entries:
1) THIRTY-ONE (cheesewrestler)
2) THRTY-THREE (bvbernard)
3) 22 (magicgeorge)

The "different letter" entries:
4) TWELVE (0pus)
5) 10 (Scott Cram)
6) TEN (0pus)
7) ELEVEN (0pus)

The "equation" entries:
8) thirty plus seven (leonard)
9) forty minus three (leonard)
10) forty minus four (leonard)
11) forty plus two plus two plus five (leonard)
12) forty plus two plus four plus four (leonard)
13) four times ten plus one (leonard)

So far, so good!
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Actually, "12" works on a different level:

The phrase "THIS SENTENCE" has 12 letters.
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This sentence has 22 plus eight plus nine letters.
This sentence has 22 plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine letters.
This sentence has 22 plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine letters.
This sentence has 22 plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine plus eight plus nine letters.

You get the idea.
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