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Grandpa says:

show that the following number equals a 5 letter word with multiple meanings (one of them not good)

I I I X I I X I I X I I I X I I X I I

I was wondering if that silly thing was a number in the first place!

Hint

Have you considered a math operator in the number?

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    $\begingroup$ Oh Grandpa...... $\endgroup$ – PartyHatPanda May 2 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ Probally something to do with Roman numerals. $\endgroup$ – Rewan Demontay May 2 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ It's too long for 5 Roman numerals $\endgroup$ – MichaelMaggs May 3 at 7:22
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    $\begingroup$ It doesn't seem to be (zbefr pbqr), nor (ovanel). It could be that (gur prageny pncvgny k vf npghnyyl n zhygvcyvpngvba - abgr gung gur fnzr fgevat yvrf ba obgu fvqrf. Pbafvqrevat nyy kf nf zhygvcyvpngvbaf yrnqf gb 699 juvpu frrzf gbb fznyy). $\endgroup$ – Arnaud Mortier May 3 at 8:51
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GROSS
If you treat the I's as roman numerals and the X's as multiplication, it multiplies out to 144, which is 1 Gross

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