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I'm afraid I'd have to agree with the 364. Mainly due to the wording of the question AND the wording of the song.

 

If you think about it carefully, it says for example that you get the seven swans a swimming on the seventh day, but also get more of them again on the eighth day (after the maids a milking) AND another load on the ninth day, AND more swans on the 10th day AND on the 11th & 12th days. So just in swans, for example you'd end up with 6 days when you get 7 swans every day (on top of everything else) making 42 swans just for a start.

 

Extrapolate that for every gift item (12 partridges in a pear tree - one every day) (11x2=22 turtle doves) and you get 364 for everything.

 

If we're going to be REALLY pedantic, we'd have to check that the partridge IN the pear tree counted as one gift NOT 2. The wording of the question is ambiguous to suggest that the answer could indeed be as high as 364 plus another 12 gifts which is 376.

 

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Hmmm... As has already been said, that pre-supposes that a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" counts as just one item. Just for a moment lets suppose it's two items, then the total may well be 376. However... if you're going down that route, what about all the 'Maids a-Milking"? They have to have something to milk so how about adding 40 cows to the list? The total is now up to 416. Then, of course, you'll have to add the 22 Piper's pipes and the 12 Drummer's drums. Total now stands at 450; which is a whole lot of wrapping paper and Selotape in anyone's book!

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Hmmm... However... if you're going down that route, what about all the 'Maids a-Milking"? They have to have something to milk so how about adding 40 cows to the list? The total is now up to 416. Then, of course, you'll have to add the 22 Piper's pipes and the 12 Drummer's drums.

Well they wouldn't necessarily need one cow each, given that cows' udders have 4 teats, so you could hypothetically get 4 maids per cow, which could then be as few as only 10 cows. Or indeed, they wouldn't necessarily have to milking cows - it might be goats or indeed any other mammal. If it's a mammal with more than 4 teats, that's even fewer animals. Or they might even be employees of the milking company able to do their job without a specific animal present (although I agree that one is a bit of a stretch).

 

The song also doesn't specify that the drummers have one drum each. I mean, it would be a bit of a squash, but they could technically all play the same really big drum - which means only one addition "drum" gift. Can't see the pipers being able to share the pipe, though...

 

... I need to get out more.

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On the subject of pedantry, the thing that everyone's missing is that the question doesn't ask, "According to the Christmas song, ..."! It asks, "How many presents would you have from your true love if you totalled them all up?" The answer thus depends on who you are and what your own true love gave you. Unless your own true love was particularly perverse, I doubt there'd be a partridge or a pear tree among your presents, and maids or cows are as unlikely. Of course, the question could only be answered by those who've found true love, which is a little unfair to those who have not!

 

On the subject of the song, I did once see a series of letters from the recipient in the song as she slowly disappeared beneath the steadily growing pile of gifts. Season's greetings to all and I hope you enjoy the link!

 

Geoff

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DING

who's the DING for? Myself or Mellers as we appear to have posted our answers at the same time?

 

Regards,

Martin

Well jut in case his biscuitiness has logged off for the evening, I'm more than happy to concede given that I've only just set a question... and I'm also not in any way, bready... or even slightly curranty!

 

Anyone want any toast?

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Well jut in case his biscuitiness has logged off for the evening, I'm more than happy to concede given that I've only just set a question... and I'm also not in any way, bready... or even slightly curranty!

 

Anyone want any toast?

 

Thanks, in that case, here's my question (and it has nothing to do with bread products [;)])

 

Where would you use a Prusik and why?

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Well jut in case his biscuitiness has logged off for the evening, I'm more than happy to concede given that I've only just set a question... and I'm also not in any way, bready... or even slightly curranty!

 

Anyone want any toast?

 

Thanks, in that case, here's my question (and it has nothing to do with bread products [;)])

 

Where would you use a Prusik and why?

 

It's a knot, it is used for securing a cord to a rope such that it can be moved along the rope but will hold tight under strain, therefore it's good for tieing ascenders to a climbing rope among other things.

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10 whole ones and theoreticaly a half :rolleyes:

No. There are no fractions involved as there are an exact number of florins to a sovereign.

 

Although sovereigns have been produced on and off as bullion after decimalisation, the values needed here are their 'face values' - i.e. those they had as legal tender. FWIW, there are coins with the same face values in circulation today.

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