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I came across this site and you all seem really smart so I was possibly hoping you could help me. I have this puzzle and I can't work it out, does anyone has a clue or answer?

When the Romans counted the entirety of their whole army, their sum was greater than the value of this.

It is not my puzzle or I would know the answer.

It came from here. It's not a joke or a pun, it's a puzzle in an online game I play.

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  • $\begingroup$ You'll need to tell us where the puzzle comes from -- there's a strict rule here that that's always needed for anything you didn't make yourself. Also, fair warning, I suspect (though I don't know the answer) that this may be as much joke or pun as puzzle... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 3 '19 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ (My apologies for the "off-topic" bit in the message about needing attribution; there's a technical limitation on what different reasons can appear in those messages. Your question isn't off topic, it just needs you to say where the puzzle comes from.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 3 '19 at 10:19
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, sorry I wasn't aware. It came from here: boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2058034466 Or to be more precise post 259 on this page boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2058034466&page=7 It's not a joke or a pun, a puzzle in an online game i play. $\endgroup$ – Andy Dec 3 '19 at 10:20
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it appears to be related to an ongoing competitive online game $\endgroup$ – Mohirl Dec 3 '19 at 11:19
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    $\begingroup$ Rules for the game thread you’re in include: “2. Don't cheat: This is a game that relies heavily on the players having integrity. No PMing other players in the game, and no chat about the game outside of this game thread and designated back forum threads. No posting of any PMs from the game mod or referring to the content of them. No screen-shots, quoting from backroom threads or naming of rooms anyone may or may not have are permitted.” (emphasis added). Asking here seems against the spirit of the game, and in any event, contravenes our rule against questions from ongoing contests. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 3 '19 at 13:43
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Maybe would be worth a try to go for:

Roman numerals - in text are: MCDIILMIMVLI
In this order it does not make sence, but maybe it is just a sum: MMMDCLLVIIII=3709

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  • $\begingroup$ Redundant words (eg "entirety", "whole", "their") are adding just one letter to this Roman number so maybe. $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Dec 3 '19 at 12:20

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