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So, one of my friends asked me this, because he knew I'd read The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy.

He sent me a picture of a piece of paper. It read like this;

                   42
                258-17-7
                424-13-9
                 23-4-18
                 24-1-17
                484-1-5
                  1-1-4

So I have no clue, except the first one, which is obvious

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This looks like a book cipher, where the first 42 clues The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

The first number represents the page, the second number represents the line (or maybe sentence), and the third number represents the word.

Unfortunately, it'll be unsolvable if you have a different type of copy (electronic, hardback, or paperback) because the pages will be different sizes.

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  • $\begingroup$ but the book has only 224 pages according to amazon. So you mean to say that on the page number 258 is having 17 lines (which is normal for a book). So if it is a normal book then the book wont reach the page number 484. $\endgroup$ – manshu Dec 20 '15 at 10:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Manshu The first line of your comment has 19 words. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Dec 20 '15 at 10:31
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    $\begingroup$ They sell at least one compilation edition containing the entire series in one book - that would easily have enough pages for this to work. That's where I'd look if no single book has enough pages. $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Dec 20 '15 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ @DarrelHoffman I have one of those. Unfortunately, page 424 is the last page of a chapter, and it doesn't have 13 lines. $\endgroup$ – f'' Dec 20 '15 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ In any version, the last word would be "the", as the opening line of the first book is "Far out in the uncharted..." $\endgroup$ – Gordon K Dec 21 '15 at 0:37

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