Treebeard's Stumper Answer
After 7+ years of writing stumpers for the DMS Friday Newsnote, this is stumper 200! My bicentennial stumper is to come up with questions that have 200 as the answer. Simple math problems like "What is 100 + 100?" are legal, but boring. On the face of it, 200 is not a remarkable number. It's not lucky or prime or square or part of Pascal's Triangle or the Fibonacci sequence. Think of this as a number scavenger hunt, and see what you can find or create on your own. How many dollars do you collect for passing Go in the game of Monopoly?
The answer is 200, but what is the question? What is 100 divided by 1/2? (Careful!) It's half a lap and 10 score and CC in Roman numerals. It's about how many bones you have and how many muscles you use to take a single step. It's the lowest score you can get on an SAT test and your score for bowling strike-spare-strike-spare- etc. It's how many albums are on the Billboard charts and how many calories are in a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut. It's a respectable collection of stumpers. Not bad for an unremarkable number!
Of course I should have 200 quesions here. I still have a long ways to go to reach 200 questions, so please send your good ones! I spent most of my time searching rather than thinking. I have many more good ones from my students to add, and I'm sure there are lots more! This is a fun scavenger hunt that could be done with any number.
- How many stumpers does Treebeard have in the archives before this one? (Yeah, I miscounted. This is really stumper number 201. I don't want to think about it!)
- How many words are in this Stumper 200! and my short answer according to M$ Word word count?
- 10 score.
- CC in roman numerals rather than email.
- What is half a circle, 180 degrees, or pi radians - as measured in grads?
- 142 + 22
- 23 + 52
- 100 + 50 + 25 + 12.5 + 6.25 + ...
- 5! + 3x4! + 3! + 2x1!
- 100 divided by 1/2. (careful!)
- The sum of the first 20 whole numbers (not counting zero) if you leave out the number 10.
- 366/2 considering significant digits.
- One more than the 46th prime number.
- Running half a lap is how many meters?
- 3 hours and 20 minutes is how many minutes?
- 33 and 1/3 fathoms is how many feet?
- 90.7 kilograms is how many pounds?
- What digits repeat in the decimal expansions of 2/999, 20/999, and 200/999?
- Graybear found this impressive one:
What is (7 to the 1st power) + (7 base 2) + (7 base 3) + (7 base 4) + (7 base 5) + (7 base 6) + (7 base 7) + (7 base 8) + (7 base 9) + (7 to the 0 power)?
71 + 72 + 73 + 74 + 75 + 76 + 77 + 78 + 79 + 70
7 + 111 + 21 + 13 + 12 + 11 + 10 + 7 + 7 + 1
- How many dollars do you collect for passing Go in Monoply?
- How many cigarettes are in a carton?
- 124 squares are colored on a piece of graph paper. If 62% of the squares are colored, what is the total number of squares on the paper?
- What is the Religion section in your library according to the Dewey Decimal system. (source)
- The highest possible score on a single SAT test is 800. What is the lowest possible score? (source)
- About how many bones are there in the human body? (source)
- About how many muscles do you use to take a single step forward? (source)
- How many dollars did Lisa Simpson's saxophone cost? (source)
- To number a book from page 1 up to the last page takes 492 digits. How many pages are in the book?
- How many non-negative integers (including zero) consisting of one to three digits are divisible by 5?
- Two books are standing side by side. Each is exactly 100 pages long. The book on the left is standing upside down. If you add the page number at the extreme left side of the book on the left to the page number at the extreme right of the book on the right, what is the total?
- In 1986, Josef Lochman ran this many meters in 56.1 sec while keeping a tennis ball in the air. (source)
- On 29 Oct 2000, Abraham Munoz (USA) ran this many meters in 40.26 sec at Wheaton College, Illinois while keeping a soccer ball in the air. (source)
- Ground temperature in degrees Fahrenheit at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone this summer, that led to closing the site. (source)
- The birthday of the United States in 1976 was this many years.
- How many days into this year was July 19?
- The largest number mentioned in the King James Bible is this many thousand thousand (million) horsemen. (source)
- In the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, American athelete Jesse Owens won four gold medals. How many meters did he run to set the Olympic record of 20.7 seconds, beating out Mack Robinson, the older brother of Jackie Robinson? (source)
- Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention made a 1971 touring movie about staying in this many hotels while on the road. (source)
- Gary Coleman's IQ in 1983 TV movie. (source)
- Estimated IQ of English Philosopher John Stuart Mill. Who is rated higher? (source)
- What number in the Bible signifies insufficiency according to Bullinger's study of biblical literature? (source)
- If a power amp delivers 100 watts into an 8 ohm speaker how many watts would it theoretically deliver (if able) into a 4 ohm speaker? (source)
- How many albums are listed on the Billboard Album charts? (source)
- Sigma (Greek), Resh (Hebrew), Reh (Arabic) (source)
- Septimius Severus came to power at the point of a sword in this year A.D. (source)
- 3M Tartan masking tape will function up to what temperature in degrees Fahrenheit? (source)
- CERT Class IIIB Combustible Liquids have a flash point at or above what temperature in degrees Fahrenheit? (source)
- What is the boiling point of water in degrees Fahrenheit at an altitude of about 6800 feet? (source)
- How many calories are in a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut? (source (PDF))
- It takes about 30 minutes of moderate exercise to burn this many calories from a typical snack. (source)
- In 2 Peter 3:8, we read: "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Using the same scale, 4 hours and 40 minutes is as how many years with the Divine?
- The UN country or area code for the Czech Republic is 203, but what was the original code for Czechoslovakia? (source)
- Telephone area codes are 3 digit numbers like "805", but three digit numbers less than or equal to what number are NOT used for area codes? (source)
- The Forbes 500s is an annual list of the top 500 companies. Forbes also publishes a list of how many Best Small Companies? (source)
- How many years ago (from 2003) did President Thomas Jefferson sign the Louisiana Purchase and start Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery on their epic 3-1/2 year trip across western America? (source)
- American linguist Benjamin Whorf claimed in 1940 that Inuktitut (Eskimo) native Americans have this many different words for snow. (source)
- Mozart's Symphony No. 28 in C Major is what number in the Köchel ("K") Catalog? (source)
- Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 3 in D is what number in the Deutsch ("D") catalog? (source)
- If I bought stuff for $1,240.50 in 2003, then what would the same stuff have cost in 1960? If I bought more stuff for $3709 in 2003, then what would the same stuff have cost in 1913? (But it was hard to find a new digital camera back then!) (source)
- Amateur "Ham Radio" enhusiasts were originally restricted to frequencies with wavelengths shorter than this many meters (~1.5 MHz) because government officials believed that these low frequencies were useless for radio communications. (source)
- The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, 1982) provides signatory coastal nations exclusive fishing rights for how many miles out from their coast? (source)
- Bowling an entire game with spare-strike-spare-strike... results in what final score? (source)
- Mount Olympus in the Washington Olympic Mountains is usually deluged by this many inches of rain annually. (source)
- What is the total value of each word or phrase when each of the letters is assigned a value according to its position in the alphabet: a=1, b=2, ... , z=26? I haven't yet found any single word worth 200, so that's a bonus stumper! Sure, I wrote a little BASIC program to scan text files. You can double-check here if you cut all spaces first.
- Alice in Wonderland
"poor little thing"
"like having a game of play"
"pieces of mushroom"
"see the mockturtle"
"hold your tongue"
"adventures of hers"
"I've been to a day school"
"a secret kept from all"
"I never went to him"
- The Wizard of Oz
"dorothy was going"
"one of the munchkins"
"where is this city"
"wont you tell me"
"scarecrow fell over"
"the mice began to arrive"
"this must be the land"
"yes said the woodman"
"sorrow was that"
"be the best and wisest"
"you will find a way"
"and they walked forth"
"i suppose there are"
"carry me back to kansas"
- KJV Bible
"and god made the firmament"
"and they heard the voice"
"to till the ground"
"the seventeenth day"
"passover the earth"
"deliver me i pray thee"
"and these are the sons"
"and the famine was sore"
"the angel which redeemed me"
"and it shall become small"
"trees branches of palm"
"of all the first born"
"for the lord thy god"
"unto thy fathers"
"the lord shall smite"
I have no better advice for your own research on this stumper than to search and think.
- I found inspiration (but not many questions/answers) in Martin Gardiner's Magic Numbers of Dr Matrix (1985), David Wells' Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers (1998), and the "Number Patterns" section of Rudy Rucker's Mind Tools (1988).
- The interesting Secret Lives of Numbers website will give you lots more to think about!
I reckon I need about 136 more questions to finish this stumper answer. Help!
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