# Thread: Trouble with Numbers

1. ## Trouble with Numbers

There has been trouble down at the Magic Forest Ironmongers after a new bye-law was introduced by the local Council of Elders. There is a new ruling that all Shops in the High Street must have a blue house number on its door to show that it is a business. There are 200 shops along the street (100 on each side). The Ironmongers is at No 1.

Harold, the Ironmonger, in his wisdom, has purchased 100 signs of each digit (so if a business is 121 they will have to purchase two 1's and one 2). On the designated date for number collection each business had line up outside Harold's shop in the same order as their business number.

What is the number of the business that will not get a full house number?....Excel workbooks at the ready ...GGGOOOO <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

2. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">38</span hide>

3. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

I'll accept that,as the question can be interpreted as that. I am assuming that your answer is the total number of businesses that will not get a business number, where I was intending for you to tell me the first busines not to get a number.

Have a [choccy Easter egg]

4. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

I thought it very fitting that the Magic Forest should have a Council of Sambucus <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

5. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

Oh Mr Leif Sir, you must know my online sense of homour by now <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

6. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

It follows that the number of the first business that won't get a complete sign is <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">163</span hide>

7. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

Indeed, I have already awarded you your [Choccy Easter Egg] in <post:=643,325>post 643,325</post:>....

Hang around there may be a few more to offer later <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

8. ## Re: Trouble with Numbers

A Sense of Homour? - is that what you get from watching the Simpsons too much?

PS - <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">I would venture that none of the businesses would get a number as Harold himself would have to line up outside his own business - at No.1 - and be therefore probably unable to serve the others. I humbly submit my answer below.</span hide>

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold"><big><big><big><big>All of 'em</big></big></big></big></span hide>

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