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10:12 AM
@JoeZ. I had a go at that one but didn't get anywhere....
OK, so following the last hint, let's try writing each 7-digit number as a string of pairs: so 18 20 14 31 82 01 43 and then 23 83 34 12 38 33 41 and then 32 45 35 33 24 53 53 ... meh, this isn't giving me anything
Is the fact that it's the Japanese coworker from the other puzzle relevant, or just a flavoursome red herring?
 
 
3 hours later…
1:08 PM
It's not meant to be relevant at all
Like, not even as a red herring
it's just there because it's another question about passing notes
 
 
4 hours later…
5:21 PM
@JoeZ. *huff* *puff* I've made it to 3 gold badges! ;-) :-D
 
5:47 PM
Once I was one vote close to populist, then my answer got accepted ^^
 
6:15 PM
also, rand, another hint, you're not supposed to repeat them
and that +03 is important, there's a reason it takes up the first three clues
(the reason being that it's important, I mean, not that there's another separate reason)
 
 
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9:14 PM
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2 hours later…
10:55 PM
Thanks, stackexchange
 
11:44 PM
@Tryth Typing [formation-of-numbers] in instead should get you what you want.
@xnor Hopefully the community knows when to stop by now. At least people are coming up with some more imaginative ways of posing such questions! Like "what's the most complicated way of getting 24 from 9, 8, 6, 2?", which is quite fun and currently top of HNQs by a mile.
 

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