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12:30 AM
Q: sorting 4 numbers using Min - Max boxes

rasmusMin-Max is a box that is capable of determining which of the two numbers is the higher (Max) and which is lower (Min). I need to use minimum amount of boxes in order to sort 4 different numbers (any A, B, C, D). For example:

12:57 AM
(Apologies for the slow response.) @North, the wording is not the same in #1, #2 and #3. For instance, #1 says "In the following position, is it possible that White could still castle?" whereas #3 asks (in the question itself as well as the title) just "Can White castle?".
@JohnDvorak, the point isn't to make any of them easier, it's to make the question actually being asked the same as the one being answered. E.g., #2 (unlike #1, like #3) just asks "Can White castle?" and the accepted answer says yes and shows a game leading to the given position followed by W castling. But, strictly, that isn't the right answer to the question, because there are other ways to reach that position and after some of them W can't castle.
Of course this is all rather pedantic; there's no real doubt what question is actually being asked. But it's so easy to actually ask the right question and it's a shame that in #2 and #3 that isn't what's happened.
Ah. Multiple histories.
(Sorry, "actually" is being used in two opposite senses in that sentence! I hope the meaning is clear anyway.)
Pedantic indeed :P
I'm a mathematician, which is to say a professional pedant. And I spent a substantial chunk of my day reading a patent draft, so maybe I'm just in that sort of mood.
Trust me when I call something pedantic, it's a pretty strong damnation :P
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4:34 AM
i think the convention in chess puzzles in general is that castling is possible unless shown impossible
unlike with en passant, where you have to prove that the opponent's last move was one that makes en passant possible
that said, nothing wrong with making it extra clear like shoopi did in the first one
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7:23 AM
question about cryptic clues
is it fair to use "nth [word]" to mean the nth letter of the word
e.g. "first mate" to clue M
or does it need to be "mate's first" or "first of mate" etc. where the grammatical relation is made clear
7:36 AM
I prefer a possession indicator here, so "[word]'s nth" or "nth of [word]", but I've seen "nth [word]" quite often. I think this construction is used more often by Americans, but that's just an observation.
(There is, of course, always the case where not using a possessive improves the surface reading as in your "first mate" example.)
7:48 AM
or maybe first in mates?
yeah, another thing is that using the possessive can make it a bit too obvious
i mean, even if "mate's first" works for the surface there aren't many other things that can refer to
whereas with "first mate" it isn't immediately clear - maybe we need a synonym for the nautical position? maybe it's EVE (as in "first romantic partner")? maybe the "first" refers to the preceding word instead?
but then again i've tried using the construction without the possessive in a clue, and someone was confused about the clue even after seeing the solution... which is not what you want
Case in point is the current C4, where "ruined tail" is D, which I only saw after you commented on it yesterday.
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9:55 AM
Q: Resolve this Fibonacci Relationship

Uvc$Given$: $A$, $B$, $C$, $E$, $F$ are distinct digits varying from $1$ to $9$. $A$ is a Fibonacci number. $BB$, $BC$, $EF$ are concatenated Numbers. $Relationship$: $(A*BB)*(BC^2)$ = $(EF^2) - B$ Deduce all the Digits.

10:15 AM
Your being online indicates that your puzzle is ready, no? @Alconja
wow, Uvc's seriously making a killing on the hot network questions front
45 HNQ entries in 54 days
do you have a query for that? @jafe
just the one Uhoh posted a while back
he has 62 currently, i have 58... uvc's overtaking us both any week now
(also consider that the data goes back 5 months, but uvc has only been posting for less than 2)
so yeah pretty impressive
11:05 AM
@OmegaKrypton Nope. Sadly no progress since my last status report. Been a busy few weeks for me... :/
11:37 AM
Keep it up! @Alconja
Thanks for the support. :)
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2:01 PM
A: Resolve this Fibonacci Relationship

Thomas Markov Simple R Script to brute force it: require(gtools) #Generates permutations data<-as.data.frame(permutations(9,5,1:9)) #Makes A fibonacci numbers data<-data[!(data$V1==4|data$V1==6|data$V1==8),] #Calculates LHS and RHS data$LHS<-data$V1*as.numeric(paste(as.character(data$V2),as.character(data...

this showed up in my low-q answer queue.
i deleted it as not an answer due to the no-computers tag in the question. this is a brute-force approach that does not comply to the logical-deduction requested by the op
is this the right way to deal with this?
2:18 PM
Q: What causes these signs to follow this relation?

Ak19Can you find why does the below relation hold true?

Q: Why two IA creates problems?

ThePassengerIA creates lots of debates about potential problems such as overtaking humans or destroying jobs. I'm not sure about AI but since 1985 Terminator, I know that two IA ("Intelligence Artificielle) surely creates a problem : I A + I A ----- P B But can someone explain why ^^ ?


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