4
$\begingroup$

Inspired by these series of puzzles, tell me a correct way by which adding 22 to 4 will give either 495 or 505.

As in the other puzzles, these numbers are all expressed in base 10.

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Come on, another one? These are getting stale $\endgroup$ – KoA May 29 '16 at 9:12
  • $\begingroup$ @KoA yeah too boring isn't it escpecially with the fan followings $\endgroup$ – Adit Kirtani May 29 '16 at 9:18
6
$\begingroup$

I think you get these answers by

Converting each of the numbers to a letter of the alphabet with the convention 1=A, 2=B, etc, so that 4=D and 22=V.

Then, concatenate the letters so that you obtain either DV or VD and interpret the result as a Roman numeral so
DV=505 and VD could perhaps be interpreted as 495.

$\endgroup$
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ But... 495 is CDXCV ! $\endgroup$ – Fabich May 29 '16 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, we're using our Roman numerals very liberally here. $\endgroup$ – hexomino May 29 '16 at 13:43

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.