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Dudley's dungeon -- Friday, 4 May, 2007

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Friday, 4 May, 2007 by Edrobot
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@ "I've already made it to NetHack TNG's Gehennom..."
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@ "Wait, I don't remember any doors in Gehennom*!"
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@ "*other than the WizardEbenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
find to a path in these overgrown woods. Every few paces he
would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
wizardly strides. He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
        [ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]

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's TowerTowers (_brooding_, _dark_) stand alone in Waste Areas and
almost always belong to Wizards. All are several stories high,
round, doorless, virtually windowless, and composed of smooth
blocks of masonry that make them very hard to climb. [...]
You will have to go to a Tower and then break into it at some
point towards the end of your Tour.
[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]

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, OrcusOrcus, Prince of the Undead, has a ram's head and a poison
stinger. He is most feared, though, for his powerful magic
abilities. His wand causes death to those he chooses.

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Town, etc."
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@ "OK class, time to take our hourly test on long division..."
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@ "...as well our test on all the prime numbers from 1 to 28,675..."
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@ "...with no calculators, and no erasers..."
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@ "...in Russian."
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Comments

snafu May 4, 2007 01:57
First comment: 3 November, 2006 15 comments written
28,675 isn't a prime number, as Wesley woulld have immediately pointed out..
Kernigh May 4, 2007 02:11
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
One is not a prime number. Is that the answer? "Neither of the numbers from 1 to 28,675 is prime."

http://nethack.wikia.com/wiki/NetHack:_The_Next_Generation
jukka May 4, 2007 10:44
First comment: 22 November, 2006 57 comments written
Right, 28675 isn't prime. So? That doesn't prevent testing prime numbers between 1 and it.
A May 4, 2007 11:32
First comment: 24 October, 2006 70 comments written
I like this one.
thomas@jtah.de May 4, 2007 12:06
First comment: 24 April, 2006 4 comments written
Kernigh: And now in Russian, please :)
SQLGuru May 4, 2007 15:16
First comment: 23 October, 2006 77 comments written
Actually, the correct answer is either 2 or 42, depending on which joke you want to go with.

2 - This is the answer if Dudley misheard. The question was actually "as well our test on all the prime numbers from {1, 2, 28,675}".....so, since 2 is the only prime number in the set, it must be the answer to the question.

42 - Well, since the previous jokes wereIn 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
penalty." The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
children, "even on Friday." The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
eating infants on a fast day.
        [ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]

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all Douglas Adams based, and 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, it must be the answer to this question as well.

Layne
Grognor May 4, 2007 22:50
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
Ulch, this comic is tainted! You feel deathly sick...
flatluigi May 5, 2007 03:59
First comment: 23 November, 2006 28 comments written
Why look for a scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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of un-genocide? Just get two create monsters and let it happen naturally. >_>
Wonderer May 5, 2007 19:23
First comment: 22 March, 2007 106 comments written
I know there are many classes in Nethack but this one was new to me...

(Maybe it's just me but somehow entering a classroom with a huge assortment of weapons feels quite wrong.)

BTW, is it a part of the joke that in Soviet Russia they use the very same number system? Hardly affects long division or listing primes...
Good Gods May 7, 2007 21:00
First comment: 23 September, 2004 6 comments written
In Soviet Russia, the prime numbers can't divide you!
Good Gods May 7, 2007 21:03
First comment: 23 September, 2004 6 comments written
@ - (Peter Foxtrot) "Oh goody, I can't wait"
Toby Bartels February 3, 2009 06:24
First comment: 11 August, 2007 83 comments written
Those are strange desks!

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