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I have a couple of these things... see if you can figure out how this works.

1. Four is the divine

If you give me any number, I will always get four from it somehow. Your goal is to figure out how. If you know this and want to prove you do, give an example :)

For a hint, highlight below:

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Let's start things off with five examples
  • 50 --> 5 --> 4 (divine)
  • 16 --> 7 --> 5 --> 4
  • 1 --> 3 --> 5 --> 4
  • 9 --> 4
  • 200 --> 10 --> 3 --> 5 --> 4

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I'll try:

Think of any positive integer.

1. Square it.
2. Add the result to your original number.
3. Divide by your original number.
4. Add, oh I don't know, say 23.
5. Subtract your original number.
6. Divide by 6.
Result is 4!

Other similar ways probably are available.

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I said not to tell :)

It's not that... I think it works but there's a MUCH simpler way. You're thinking too mathematically my friend
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It does work for any number, but couldn't get the math symbols in the post to just give the formula I used. You can always make your own if you're mathematically inclined. That's my problem, never thinking simple. :)

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Yes, it does work... but how do you get the numbers in between?

Also, why is four the divine? Because it equals itself... i.e. 4 --> 4 --> 4--> etc.
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The numbers in between in your post is why I really didn't arrive at your solution yet. I just derived a solution to always come up with 4 another way by taking any number you can think of, manipulate in a way that makes you think you're really doing something to make a change, but when all is done, the result is 4. I could have set it to come up with a result of 3 or any other number I wanted.

So, basically, your solution is still safe. :)

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Come on, people... Payne can't be the only one with ideas :)
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Oh, I'm bad with numbers. Aviation, cars, writing, that's me. Don't bother asking me those :)
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I have one with words... ya want it?
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No! :)
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Well do this one... it's not that hard. The smarter you are the less obvious it is

Here's a hint: spelling
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Well, since you gave the hint, that's what I had figured that you went from the first number spelled to the last number spelled following some kind of rules.

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Closer.... :)
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Got it! 25>10>3>5>4

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Yep :) Did you use the first hint?
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