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Title: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Solitary on February 15, 2014, 11:18:34 AM
Two spies want to get in an enemy's military base.In order to get in they have to give the correct countersign to the guard at the gate after he gives them the sign. So they wait hidden nearby the gate so that they will overhear the countersign from another soldier.

One soldier comes and the guard gives the sign: "6".The soldier answers "3".The guard lets him pass. Another soldier comes.The guard says "12" and the soldier gives the answer "6".The guard lets him pass. So, the first spy goes at the gate and the guard asks says "10".The spy, sure that he knew the answer as he was, says "5". Immediately, the guard shoots him dead.

Then the other spy, who saw that the other spy was killed when he gave the countersign, had now understood what the right answer would be, whatever the guard's sign was.So, he walks to the gate and the guard says "8".The spy gives the correct answer and the guard lets him in. What was the answer that the spy gave? Solitary
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on February 15, 2014, 11:32:20 AM
He got the drop on the guard and shot him.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Atheon on February 15, 2014, 12:17:24 PM
5
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Atheon on February 15, 2014, 12:40:32 PM
Quote from: "Solitary"
Quote from: "Atheon"
5


And the prize goes to Atheon the logic wiz.  =D>   :-D  Solitary
And I didn't even use Google!
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: the_antithesis on February 15, 2014, 12:44:14 PM
How about explaining the answer to those of us who've murdered our upper brain functions with beer and pizza?
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: josephpalazzo on February 15, 2014, 12:47:43 PM
Quote from: "the_antithesis"
How about explaining the answer to those of us who've murdered our upper brain functions with beer and pizza?

Hint: do not look at the numbers, but how they are written with alphabet letters.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on February 15, 2014, 01:28:53 PM
Quote from: "Solitary"
Quote from: "AllPurposeAtheist"
He got the drop on the guard and shot him.


I hate to say it, but wrong answer, even if it would work, but the spies are nice and unarmed Christians.  #-o  :lol: Solitary
It's an atheist conspiracy to undermine gods will then. [-(
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Atheon on February 15, 2014, 01:36:44 PM
Yup... the number of letters in the word.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: pato15 on February 16, 2014, 07:05:09 PM
Could also be 3.

"Counter-sign = 3 x (number of digits in sign)" fits the pattern as well, as far as I can tell.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: hillbillyatheist on February 17, 2014, 06:04:06 PM
I suck at these kind of things. I'd have never guessed it. when it comes to math and weird puzzles I'm an idiot.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on February 18, 2014, 12:18:54 AM
Your bullets cannot harm me. My wings are like a shield of steel!  --Bat Fink.

(http://http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q490/atheola/retrofest_6___batfink_by_natter45-d4os8q9.png)

Yeah, I would've been toast too. Good thing I decided to not be a spy. 8-[
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on February 18, 2014, 01:14:46 AM
Sorry, the more politically correct BatFink for the comic nerds.
(http://http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q490/atheola/lgfp1450.jpeg)
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Johan on February 18, 2014, 10:07:29 AM
Quote from: "Solitary"

The counter sign is always the number of letters to the sign.
Impossible. The premise states that enemy spies are trying to gain access to a military base. And the answer is in English which would suggest that the base in question is an American base. Which would require that the guards at said gate would need to know how to spell. Impossible. They'd either shoot anyone who tried to get in or let them all through.  :wink:
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: AllPurposeAtheist on February 18, 2014, 06:26:35 PM
Don't go patting yourself on the back now.  I was batty long before you came along.  :lol:
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Feral Atheist on April 03, 2014, 09:56:19 PM

I hate to say it, but wrong answer, even if it would work, but the spies are nice and unarmed Christians.  <!-- s#-o -->#-o<!-- s#-o -->  <!-- s:lol: -->:lol:<!-- s:lol: --> Solitary
Nice christians, I guess there are a few around.  Unarmed?  well there are probably more nice than unarmed christians, at least on the fundie side.

I believe in the Second Amendment, I own a handful of guns, and I carry a handgun whenever and where ever it is legal.  I fully understand that it is solely up to me to protect myself and my family and  that may require deadly force in a worse case scenario.

With my interest in guns and shooting I post on several gun related forums, and the number of fundie's there is disturbing, you know the ones that take the bible verbatim as fact, and believe the earth is 6K old.  But I also live in the buy bull belt, and the number here is also disturbing.

But there are some atheists that own/carry, and even post on the forums to that fact.
Title: Re: Give The Correct Counter Sign Or Get Shot!
Post by: Feral Atheist on April 03, 2014, 10:05:03 PM
How about explaining the answer to those of us who've murdered our upper brain functions with beer and pizza?
Beer makes you smarter!
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