How I earned my 22nd birthday gift (In Progress)

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Final Answer: Tracking Number 8754 5132 7761.. for a beautiful brown leather vintage bag from one of sam’s favourite retro vintage stores in Hong Kong! It is lovely, buttery soft and HAS TASSELS! I wore it out yesterday while on my bike, and it made me feel like a very cool bicycle messenger because it just fits so perfectly that way. THANK YOU!!

The story:

So this morning, I woke up to something new, and very intriguing indeed — a cryptic series of whatsapp messages from my boyfriend, who is an expert at making me laugh and freak out all at once:

“Btw let’s play a game. Everyday starting tonight I’m gonna give you clues that will lead you to a number.
You will get 12 numbers in total, as well as two words. If you can decipher everything, you will get your birthday present.”

THE CIPHER: T_______ ______ #### #### ####

What kind of person makes you work for a present!?! I am sitting in Shields Library right now as I type this, and I’m getting all teary-eyed from holding back the peals of laughter. I’m so up for this challenge. Will update this entry with the clues I get daily from the devious mastermind himself. Click through to see what I’ve got so far..

first two numbers: quilindo’s birth year ( 87 – good thing i know your secret, mike!!)

next two numbers: there’s an indochinese nation we have not visited. the next two numbers represent the year the state gained full independence in the modern sense, as a constitutional monarchy. (Laos – 54)

me: omg whattt!! we haven’t been to a few
s: i refer to indochina in its strict sense
me: oh no if there’s going to be a lot of geog/history i’m doomed
me, later: hahahaha wikipedia’s Indochina entry says “in a strict sense”. win. I win.
s: yea cos i know you’re a noob

SADFACE. Just you wait. I will kick ass at this game. And if I don’t, all you friends out there reading this will help me right?….right?

next two numbers: The minimum % likelihood required to win a case on a balance of probabilities (>50% = 51%?? HELP)

next two numbers: THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. (john 8:32 — 32?)

next set: your last four digits comprise the last four numbers in my home fax telephone number, but not necessarily in the same order (7761)

Progress so far: T_A_____ ______ 8754 5132 7761

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5 thoughts on “How I earned my 22nd birthday gift (In Progress)

  1. I’m here to HALP.

    with regards to “The minimum % likelihood required to win a case on a balance of probabilities”, if the case is a civil case, the judge need to be convinced that your case is 51% likely to happen for you to be a WINRAR.

    however if the case is a criminal case then you need to prove that it’s 100%, but since its only 2 number GO FOR THE FORMER.

    tl;dr

    51% is correct

  2. JUST ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT

    If you were to calculate Pi in 3000 significant figures, you get the numbers (in order) 8754 once and 5132 twice.

    COULD THIS BE ANOTHER HINT? DOM DOM DOM DOOOMMMMMMMM

    1. haha soosie. as I was reading these comments, my friends came up from behind me with birthday cupcakes and the gift in question!

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