OK, this started out as a little cutsie joke I had with my girlfriend, but I started getting into it and eventually took it to this level of complexity for no reason whatsoever. Then, by the time I had written this, my girlfriend knew the answer from precious versions and I didn’t want it to go to waste; so I sent it to a couple of friends. And while I’m at it, I might as well put it on here to see if anyone cares.

So lets see you all go to work. Remember, the answer/punchline is extremely silly (I’m talkin 7 or 8 year old silly).

note: reject all non-whole number solutions.

4 3 2
4x x 6x x
___ - ___ + ___ + ___ - 62 = 20
4 3 2
she she she she

I just realized that this did not show up even close to the way I had intended it to look. I’ll try again:
4 3 2
4x x 6x x
___ - ___ + ___ + ___ - 62 = 20
4 3 2
she she she she

** 4 * * *3 **** 2
*4x * * x **** 6x *** x
*___ - ___ + ___ + ___ - 62 = 20
****4 **** 3 ****** 2
*she * she * she * she
Well here is another attempt. Ignore the *'s if possible.
For clarification: the top line and 4th line are exponents.

Anyway, this started out as a fun thing and now I think I’m becoming obsessive so I’d better get ouuta here.

Code is great cause
it keeps
whatever formatting
you put in it.
i.e. you don't need special "space" tags, just stick whatever between the code tags and it shows up that way.

Kenny: To see how someone did something, you can click on the “quote” button at the bottom of their post, and it will show exactly what they typed in. You don’t have to actually post a reply, you can just hit the “back” button to go back to the thread. I do this all the time to learn neat tricks.

WOW!! Geobabe, thank you. What a great thing to know. See, I came here to put a silly math joke up on the board and ended up learning something new. Whatta day!

Ok Kenny…
As I read it, its:
Four times X to the fourth power over “she” to the fourth power
minus
X cubed over “she” cubed
plus
six X squared over “she” squared
plus
X over “she”
minus 62 equals 20.

I used to good at solving these equations with 2 variables but those days appear to be gone since I can’t even get cracking at it and since Kenny says the answer is just a silly punchline anyway I am going to giveup and wait for the answer on Friday.