# A rude security guard

I was walking down a street, when I see a door, with a security guard.

A man approaches him, and the guard flips a middle on him.

"Well that escalated quickly." you think.

The man, unfazed, replied "4."

The guard allowed him to pass.

When another man approaches, the guard did not stick one, but two middle fingers.

The second man now replies, "132."

At this time, you are completely bewildered.

You decide to approach the guard. He looks at you, and he throws both pinkies up, and sticks them together.

What do you say?

• I keep reading the title as "A nude security guard" ... Dec 30, 2016 at 13:55
• Along the same lines, "flips a middle". Nice euphemism. Dec 30, 2016 at 16:03
• Alternatively, you could flip someone of with the middle finger and the thumb, or the UK way, with the index and the rim, for ulterior puzzles Jan 4, 2017 at 21:54

You say

$48$,

because

the guard's fingers represent binary digits. Let the right thumb represent $2^0 = 1$, the right index finger represent $2^1 = 2$, and so on (see diagram). When a finger is extended, it represents a $1$ in that position, and an unextended finger represents a $0$. Therefore, since the right middle finger represents $2^2=4$, the first man answers $0000000100_2=4_{10}$. The left middle finger represents $2^7=128$, thus two middle fingers represent $0010000100_2 = 132_{10}$, the second man's answer. You see the left and right pinkies extended, thus you answer $48$, since $0000110000_2=48_{10}$.

• Enjoy your 2k privileges :-)! Dec 28, 2016 at 19:13
• Seems fitting if you could get to 2048 reputation for this answer. Dec 28, 2016 at 19:17
• @YowE3K Currently 2049. Doopliss, go and downvote an answer ;-) Dec 28, 2016 at 19:28
• @randal'thor I'll go downvote one of yours ;) Dec 28, 2016 at 19:30
• @randal'thor I was hoping you would go with the 4, 128 threat, but you didn't. :P (Those of you that still don't get it: look at the picture in the answer.) Dec 30, 2016 at 3:48

The guard's questions are all powers of 2 indicated by fingers. The first question was $2^2+0^1+0^0$. Correct answer was given, $4+0+0=4$. The 2nd question was $2^7+2^2$. Correct answer was given, $128+4=132$. So my question was $2^5+2^4$. Gives, $32+16=48$.