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I'm a teacher at an Academy. I set my students the task of writing a history essay on a year BCE. One of my students, instead of giving me his year, gave me this slip of paper before walking out the room:

Hi, I am no longer needed at your academy. you're probably thinking 'He? well, 'E actually isn't needed'. and "'E" isn't needed, that isn't a Lie. i'm a humble Bea, A can be done without. No complaints, O time to leave. my Mug won't be seen with You anymore. oh, and my friend Ale, 'E isn't needed here either. like the number Pi when calculating one plus one, I am not needed. So my big O won't utter sound here again and shall be removed. Are, my other friend, 'E can go too. Cue for 'E and to disappear. take A away from our Bar. Rob, O no more left. Pod, O without it. A in our Pad isn't needed. Age is a 'E beyond his expiring date. i want a Cod, but i'm allergic to fish with O in their name. i'll just go Sob in a corner - O you've left. time for Tea, A can be done without.

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On the back of the paper appeared to be half the periodic table:

Periodic table of Wikipedia. I take no claim for it as my own.

Which year BCE is my student doing his project on, or has he left forever?

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  • $\begingroup$ @ghosts_in_the_code You might be able to get it now $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 30 '16 at 16:02
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481 BCE

  • 1 H: Hi, I am no longer needed at your academy.

  • 1 H: you're probably thinking 'He? well, 'E actually isn't needed'.

  • 3 Li: and "'E" isn't needed, that isn't a Lie.

  • 4 Be: i'm a humble Bea, A can be done without.

  • 7 N: No complaints, O time to leave.

  • 12 Mg: my Mug won't be seen with You anymore.

  • 13 Al: oh, and my friend Ale, 'E isn't needed here either.

  • 15 P: like the number Pi when calculating one plus one, I am not needed.

  • 16 S: So my big O won't utter sound here again and shall be removed.

  • 18 Ar: Are, my other friend, 'E can go too.

  • 29 Cu: Cue for 'E and to disappear.

  • 35 Br: take A away from our Bar.

  • 37 Rb: Rob, O no more left.

  • 46 Pd: Pod, O without it.

  • 46 Pd: A in our Pad isn't needed.

  • 47 Ag: Age is a 'E beyond his expiring date.

  • 48 Cd: i want a Cod, but i'm allergic to fish with O in their name.

  • 51 Sb: i'll just go Sob in a corner - O you've left.

  • 52 Te: time for Tea, A can be done without.

So

(+) yields 1+1+3+4+7+12+13+15+16+18+29+35+37+46+46+47+48+51+52 = 481 (BCE)

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  • $\begingroup$ Seems like the next step would be to take each of those bullets and look up the corresponding number, right? $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Apr 30 '16 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil True, another two are the same too $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Apr 30 '16 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanAllan YOU'RE SO CLOSE! There is one thing left to do which can be found at the end of the letter. This will give you the year... $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 30 '16 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil - You don't know Douglas Adams? $\endgroup$ – Jonathan Allan Apr 30 '16 at 17:03
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanAllan, yes with Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy - is this to do with 'the answer to life, the universe, and everything = 42?' $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 30 '16 at 17:05

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