FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, almost 4 years ago

    In other words on Jason’s idiotic message, you "press 1“, right?

  2. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, almost 4 years ago

    Figuring out the answering machine is the easy part…

  3. BlackKnight15

    BlackKnight15 said, almost 4 years ago

    I did and parentheses are needed before the product (to get 1)…

  4. skeeterhawk

    skeeterhawk said, almost 4 years ago

    Since you’re discussing the equation, what’s the proper way to explain the parentheses in an audio phone message?

  5. BlackKnight15

    BlackKnight15 said, almost 4 years ago

    @skeeterhawk

    The difference of … and … multiplied by 17.5 subtract the 4th root of…
    This forces the difference to be evaluated before the multiplication…

  6. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    nowadays, we have smartphones which have voicemail with default recording.

  7. Ray C

    Ray C said, almost 4 years ago

    He should say, “…all times 17.5…”, otherwise there is no hint that you need the parentheses. On my first try I got -593, and I KNEW that Amend would give us a proper equation to get to 1 or maybe 2. I just realized that BlackKnight15 also gave us a good way to say it. Bill Amend should get a demerit for that one.

  8. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, almost 4 years ago

    For the phone caller, it would be easiest to just try each number on the touchpad and see which one works.

  9. opentomeet

    opentomeet said, almost 4 years ago

    As the instructions are verbal, merely calculate as each term becomes available. SR – CR * 17.5 – FR = 1

  10. Thunderdog

    Thunderdog said, almost 4 years ago

    @opentomeet

    Or algebraically: (SR – CR) * 17.5 – FR = 1

    Thank you BlackKnight15 for keeping us math geeks on our toes.

  11. kea

    kea said, almost 4 years ago

    @opentomeet

    yep

  12. boogshine

    boogshine said, almost 4 years ago

    Yeah, with no parenthesis I got the -593 as well, but can understand where the 1 comes from. No wonder no one is calling.

  13. scottjsmith

    scottjsmith said, almost 4 years ago

    @opentomeet

    Actually, if you do that on a standard calculator you get -593, which as others pointed out is totally wrong. You only end up with 1 if you enter = after each operation too, which is the same as having parenthesis around the first operation.

  14. Nun'Ya Bidness

    Nun'Ya Bidness said, almost 4 years ago

    Mom says, With the phone or our son?

    Answer is, Yes!

  15. skeeterhawk

    skeeterhawk said, almost 4 years ago

    Hmm. Unless one is supposed to key 5 9 3 on the phone—just kidding. But 5 from 9, minus 3 gives you 1. Ha.

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