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MagicCoach
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Ah, mon ami
how do you say this in english

"This sentence has trente-deux letters"
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On 2003-12-13 01:53, 0pus wrote:
Actually, "12" works on a different level:

The phrase "THIS SENTENCE" has 12 letters.


I like that. I couldn't work out where you were coming from there till you explained

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On 2003-12-12 12:23, Scott Cram wrote:

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.


In a normal context people would not assume this to mean different letters either so if my answers go they'll have to go to.
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The parameter you set was that the statement has to be true. I'm sticking to my guns.

This sentence has nine letters
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12
leonard
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This sentence has XXV letters.
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Finally! I was wondering how long it would take someone to consider using Roman numerals.
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MagicCoach
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This sentence has ..--- ..--- letters


Well if Roman numerals are OK
how about

nnll

(sorry, hieroglyphics a bit hard to do in this font)

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One of the best "equation" entries that I've ever seen for this puzzle is this:

THIS SENTENCE HAS EIGHTY-SIX DIVIDED BY TWO LETTERS.

So, magiccoach, what is nnll in heiroglyphics?
MagicCoach
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They represent the concept of 22

(someone PM'd me about the ..--- ..---
it's morse code if you hadn't figured)

nice puzzle Scott

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I didn't know there were "style" points.

This sentence has the square root of three thousand six hundred letters.
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This is called a self-referential sentence. If this is your kind of thing, then have a look at http://home.att.net/~rhhardin/selfref.html

There are hundreds of sentences in this form, and it will keep you all busy.
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On 2003-12-18 15:13, leonard wrote:
This sentence has XXV letters.

You could also have:

This sentence has XXVI letters.
This sentence has XXVII letters.
This sentence has XXVIII letters.
leonard
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This sentence has XXVIII + I letters.
This sentence has XXVIII + I + I letters.
This sentence has XXVIII + I + I + I letters.

Etc.
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