How many Petals Around The Rose?

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  1. jadam macrumors 6502a

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    So How many Petals Around the Rose?

    http://crux.baker.edu/cdavis09/roses.html

    Rules of the game:
    1) The Name of the game is Petals Around the Rose
    2) The answer is always 0 or even

    If you figure it out, and manage to get the answer consitently post here.

    It took me over an hour and a half to figure out, and even then I only figured it out because my friend guided me on how to solve it.


    DO NOT REVEAL HOW TO GET THE ANSWER.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Got it. Got lucky, I guess, as it only took me a couple of minutes. Stunningly trivial, and, if you think I'm lying, give me five dice values and I'll tell you the answer.
     
  3. jadam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It is trivial. Go read the background on it though :p
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    But just because it's trivial doesn't mean it's obvious. I'm sure a lot of people will have problems with it, and I see why the site says that often the most intelligent people take the longest to "get it".
     
  5. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Got it...Surprisingly quickly, too. It took me about 10-15 seconds. I think I got the trick on my second guess. :)

    Not to brag, but I'm just usually slower on the uptake... :p
     
  6. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    I don't get it. What rose? All I see are what look like dice? (or is it die?) What does a rose have to do with this? Or am I missing something? :confused:
     
  7. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, yes, apparently, as the site says, the smarter ones take a lot longer. :D I must be somewhat dim because it took me a minute or two, and, well, you must be a real moron. ;)
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. And when you get the answer, you'll slap yourself.
     
  9. jadam thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ohh definetly. A big giant slap across the face.
     
  10. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Clearly. In my defense, I actually think it was probably more like 30 seconds and I do remember that I had the idea by the second turn, but I had to work out the details and that took my another turn or two. So there! I'm now only somewhat mentally deficient.
     
  11. zelmo macrumors 603

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    It took a few minutes of frustration before I understood what the rose was. Then, it is beautifully simple.

    I guess I'm somewhere just north of a moron, looking down at jsw :D
     
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    Stop trying to act clever! ;) :p
     
  14. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Just got it - woohoo! It was driving me mental!!

    The slight hints on this thread did help me out somewhat, it's annoyingly simple once you've figured it out.
     
  15. clayj macrumors 604

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    That was pretty easy... took about 3 rolls and checks before I figured out how it works.
     
  16. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    AArrgghhh.... I just wasted 3 hours of my time thinking about this before finally realizing the answer....
     
  17. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    I must be really stupid because it look me about 1/2 a second.

    Although the answer was 4 when I looked first time, thus making it easier I think.
     
  18. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It took me about 20 minutes, but I eventually caught on. I don't know whether to feel smart or stupid that it took me that long.

    Something this reminded me of (not a clue to this puzzle): In my college Psychology class, one of our assignments was to "volunteer" to be a guinea pig for whatever experiments the grad Psych students were doing. I was in a test where light bulbs flashed in sequence and my job was to figure out the pattern. Before each round, I was to bet on my answer, based on how confident I was in my analysis of the pattern rule. At least they didn't give me electric shocks for mistakes or make me run a maze and ring a little bell!
     
  19. virividox macrumors 601

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    my friend sent this to me a couple months back, u just have to read the hints carefully and think about it for a while then its pretty easy
     
  20. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    Yes!! I got it!!! After the trial and error steps I was :eek:
     
  21. Wes macrumors 68020

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    I got it in about 20 minute of off and on looking. I was considering it too deeply.
     
  22. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    ...he would always explain that the smarter you were, the longer it took to figure it out.

    Is that supposed to make me feel better?! I've had a good look at this and I really don't have a clue! :confused:

    Only a basic understanding of math is required...

    Ah, that explains it. I went to art college.
     
  23. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I am absolutely certain that you possess the required math skills.
     
  24. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    You don't know how bad I am with numbers! ;)

    But I've just got it. My faith in myself is fully restored.
     
  25. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    I got it!!!! Well. OK. I didn't. But my wife did and she explained it to me.
     

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