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w9wi
04-17-2009, 11:36 PM
This is inspired by the word puzzles that air on NPR on Saturday mornings... Here's the goal:

Below are the first ten residential addresses in the Pleasant View phone book that have four-digit numeric portions.

Your goal is to use each digit in each address as the second digit of a TV channel number to create a list of four channels that could potentially be allotted for use at the same site. You must list the four lowest channels possible, and you must use the digits in the address in order. There is only one possible correct answer.

Again, we're talking about analog assignments, and for transmitters at the same site. For example, channels 33 and 35 are both assigned to Miami -- but 17 23 33 35 would not be a valid answer, because 35 has a site restriction well to the south of Miami.

FCC Regulations 73.610 and 73.698 might be worth reading. Remember that channels 0, 1, 37, and anything greater than 69 are not allowed. (I suppose we could allow channels 70-83 but you're not going to need them...)

For example, my address is 1389 Old Clarksville Pike.
The correct answer: 11 13 18 29

I work at 5700 Knob Road; the correct answer would be 05 07 10 20.

Hope that makes sense. Here are the addresses:

1. 5059 Highpoint Road
2. 1136 Seymour Drive
3. 2166 H. Harris Road
4. 5436 Highway 41-A
5. 7508 Old Clarksville Pike
6. 6028 Pleasant Hill Drive
7. 1000 Trent Place
8. 6009 Pleasant Hill Drive
9. 2122 Bracey Circle
10. 3217 Bearwallow Road

Actually, this one is relatively simple. The correct answers are in a text file attachment.

NN2E
04-18-2009, 01:25 AM
Doug, this reminds me of those "word problems" we had to solve, for math class, way back when.
"If a train leaves Chicago traveling west at 50 mph and a bushel of tomatoes costs $5 in Florida then what color was George Washington's horse?" The answer, of course, is: "Tuesday." :-)
Math has given me dain bramage.
73, Ed NN2E
Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds

cd637299
04-18-2009, 10:36 AM
I don't think it is as hard as it sounds....really.....I did not wanna post any answers here, because that would spoil it.

What *I* like are those Netflix radio commercials....that is what you may be referring to. Talk ablut "abstract" questions/answers...!

cd

Frank Merrill
05-09-2009, 12:01 AM
You're referring to the old method of allocating full-service ANALOG stations I assume, of course. Nowadays, with DTV, adjacent channels are often transmitting from the same (or very nearby) site - Chicago and Detroit are two good examples in the Great Lakes area...

Assuming the old allocation scheme, which one of the following FIVE-digit addresses would have been impossible, following the same criteria as in the original post? Assume Channels 2-69 (not the current 2-51) as being available...

38447 Valley Hills Drive
12705 Grand River
51882 Apalachicola-Kalispell Road
14933 Sleazy Politician Expressway
27447 No-Name Highway??


Doug, this reminds me of those "word problems" we had to solve, for math class, way back when.
"If a train leaves Chicago traveling west at 50 mph and a bushel of tomatoes costs $5 in Florida then what color was George Washington's horse?" The answer, of course, is: "Tuesday." :-)


You're wrong - it's Thursday!

Didn't you learn ANYTHING? :D