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A test comparing average Psience Quest members to average Facebook members
#1
In a hidden forum, Malf wrote:

"Most people appear to fuck up straightforward BODMAS equations on my Facebook feed."

OK, so this is only barely a BODMAS equation - and, in fact, I'll warn folks to watch out for the multiplication sign in the final row, because it's easy to miss it and assume it's an addition sign - but... what is your answer to this puzzle, which I found on Facebook?

   

Re the thread title, I am trying to determine whether folks on this forum are more mathematically skilled than the general Facebook community, so please offer your best attempt.
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That question appears to be 'straight'. You do need to watch out for more tricky versions which have one object almost entirely hidden behind another (thus representing two objects). Even the mathematically adept can slip on those. Really I think the point of these questions isn't to demonstrate one's ability or lack of it, but to generate huge numbers of replies.
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#3
Here is my answer:

30
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(10-14-2017, 11:58 AM)Typoz Wrote: I think the point of these questions isn't to demonstrate one's ability or lack of it, but to generate huge numbers of replies.

And that it certainly did in the thread that I saw!
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(10-14-2017, 12:00 PM)Stan Woolley Wrote: Here is my answer:

30

Run us through how you arrived at that answer, please, Steve!
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(10-14-2017, 12:01 PM)Laird Wrote: Run us through how you arrived at that answer, please, Steve!

No, wait, let's get a few more replies before we check folks' workings!
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(10-14-2017, 12:01 PM)Laird Wrote: Run us through how you arrived at that answer, please, Steve!

Correction. 

14.  Surprise
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(10-14-2017, 12:15 PM)Stan Woolley Wrote: Correction. 

14.  Surprise

For the million dollars... is that your final answer, Steve? Don't forget, this is the difference between your status quo and a million dollars. Answer wisely. Tell me to lock it in when you're ready!
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(10-14-2017, 12:22 PM)Laird Wrote: For the million dollars... is that your final answer, Steve? Don't forget, this is the difference between your status quo and a million dollars. Answer wisely. Tell me to lock it in when you're ready!

Lock her up boyo!!!  Wink
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(10-14-2017, 12:42 PM)Stan Woolley Wrote: Lock her up boyo!!!  Wink

And... we have a 14 locked in! Do we have any other offers? Anybody game to gamble against the Woollmeister?
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