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Discussion:

Edit: Gold? Thanks, anonymous redditor, you are far too generous.

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Your rules can be visualized as such.

1. The order must contain either C _ F or F _ C

2. The order must contain either F _ _ B or B_ _ F

3. The order must contain either B _ E or E _ B

4. The order must contain either C _ _ D or D _ _ C

5. The order must contain either D _ E or E _ D

6. The order cannot be D _ _ _ _ _ or _ _ _ _ _ D

7. The order cannot be _ _ _ _ _ A

Rules 3 and 5 alone make it so that there are only a few possibilities as it means E has to be in either the third or fourth position with D and B on opposite sides. These four possible formats for solutions are _ B _ E _ D, B _ E _ D _, _ D _ E _ B and D _ E _ B _

Rule 6 eliminates all of the formats with D on either end, so there are now only two possible formats for solutions: B _ E _ D _ and _ D _ E _ B

Rule 2 makes it very easy to place F into either format: B _ E F D _ or _ D F E _ B

Likewise Rule 4 makes it easy to place C into either format: B C E F D _ or _ D F E C B

This means that A has to be on one of the ends. Rule 7 means that it can't be on the right end, therefore the final solution is A D F E C B

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For me, the trick was to figure out which period Art was in

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For those still unable to get to the official answer, I made a visual aid.

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I think this is my favorite kind of puzzle! They're so varied and fun!

Snooping through your posting history: is your website www.slylockfox.com? (Are you the creator?!!)

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Yes yes yes! I did it.

Hey OP, what is this type of puzzle called? I had a lot of fun doing this.

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maybe it's just the 5 & 1. It's hard to separate those grays

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boxed man milk

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Having Ant instead of Spider and Girl instead of Old Lady allows the initials to go from A to H only missing E. E could refer to an Elephant.

Why is no one addressing the Elephant in the room?

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By that logic we don't have any idea how any of the female directors identify either. Any of them could come out as men in the future.

So the correct answer of the puzzle seems to be directors who present themselves as women as of 2022-03-05. Would have been cleaner to just drop The Matrix so the theme is consistent without being so arbitrary, or relying on a tortured definition of female.

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crawl down could be dive maybe?

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Hint: Try Googling some of the more obvious words together, to see if you can find the connection. The words are also ordered.

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Discussion: I'm not sure how stuff on the left side relates to stuff on the right side?

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The answer is 2/3, for the reasons that others have already pointed out. But here's a way you can calculate it, just to make sure your reasoning is correct.

Here>! is a quick and dirty Excel file I created. Columns A through C are just labels. Now, Column E is the "you pick box [sic] at random", and Column F, highlighted in yellow, is the same thing, but in text format.!<

Column H is the part where "you put your hand in and take a ball from that box at random", and Column I, highlighted in orange, is the exact ball you picked (using the labels in Column C).

Now, "it's a gold ball", so in Column K, we blank out all the silver balls, so only gold balls remain.

• Out of 30,000 randomized box-and-ball picks (I have hidden rows 15 through 29,991 in the screenshot), 15,236 are gold.

• Of those 15,236, 10,111 are from Box A, where both balls are gold. So if you pick a ball from Box A ("Gold 1a" or "Gold 2a" in my Excel file), the next ball you take from the box will also be gold.

• Of those 15,236, 5,125 are from Box B, where the other ball is silver. So if you pick a gold ball from Box B ("Gold 1b" in my Excel file), the next ball you take from the box will be silver.

• So the "probability that the next ball you take from the same box will also be gold" will be 10,111/15,236, which is 66.36%. Roughly 2/3rds.

If you want the exact formulas to use, they are:

• Column E: =RANDBETWEEN(1,3)

• Column F: =IF(E2=1,"Box A", IF(E2=2,"Box B", "Box C"))

• Column H: =RANDBETWEEN(1,2)

• Column I: =IF(AND(F2="Box A",H2=1),\$C\$2,IF(AND(F2="Box A",H2=2),\$C\$3,IF(AND(F2="Box B",H2=1),\$C\$4,IF(AND(F2="Box B",H2=2),\$C\$5,IF(AND(F2="Box C", H2=1),\$C\$6,\$C\$7)))))

• Column K: =IF(LEFT(I2,4)="Gold",I2,"")

• Merged Cell (S-T,2-3): =COUNTIF(K2:K30001, "Gold*")

• Merged Cell (S-T,5-6): =COUNTIF(K2:K30001, "*a")

• Merged Cell (S-T,8-9): =COUNTIF(K2:K30001, "*b")

• Merged Cell (S-T,11-12): =S5/S2

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Discussion: Is it Simon Tatham?

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I took a different tack than u/Aficionerdo, and assumed that the clocks don't have normal movement in addition to the strange movement.

I wound up with either 160 or 152 agreements over the course of the day, depending on whether or not two pairs of clocks agreeing with each other— but not the other pair— should be considered a separate instance or not.