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Each day we added three statements to the following list. Not all the statements were true! All you needed to do was make a note, from day to day, of the number of any statement that you considered to be true. Some days there were one true statement, some days there were more than one. There were never zero, and there were fifteen correct statements altogether. Detailed 'how to play' instructions were here.
We hope you didn't t make any hasty decisions. There might have been small inaccuracies in an otherwisefaultless statement; and if there were, that whole statement was untrue overall. We might well have taken something that looks true, and mischievously distorted it by changing some tiny detail. And we might have selected something that looks deeply improbable, but was in fact correct in every particular.
As it's the final day, at the foot of the page you'll find simple instructions telling you how to ‘decode’ your findings, to ‘set your foot upon the nearest road’ and ‘find some pirate’s gold’: as always, you will end up sending a very short answer to ‘Beyond the Pale’.
25 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
1 

2 


3 


26 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
4 

5 


6 


27 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
7 

8 


9 


28 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
10 

11 


12 


29 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
13 

14 


15 


30 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
16 

17 


18 


31 December (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
19 

20 


21 


1 January 2012 (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
22 

23 


24 


2 January (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
25 

26 


27 


3 January (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
28 

29 


30 


4 January (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
31 

32 


33 


5 January (make a note of the number(s) of the true statement(s)) 
34 

35 


36 

So – you’ve sorted the truth from the twaddle. Now …
how to
proceed (keep a clear eye and a steady head!).
Once you have written down the numbers of all the fifteen true statements above,
add up the odd numbers (we shall call that ‘Total A’) and separately add up all
the even numbers (we'll call that ‘Total B’).
Next you have to find the separate ‘digital roots’ of Total A
and Total B. The digital root (also ‘repeated digital sum’) of any number is easy
to find just by simply adding its constituent digits, then, if necessary, adding
again. Wikipedia has a rather wordy explanation: it is the singledigit value
‘obtained by an iterative process of summing digits, on each iteration using the
result from the previous iteration to compute a digit sum. The process continues
until a singledigit number is reached.’
Put more simply, the digital root of 148 (for example) is 4 – because 1+4+8 = 13,
and then 1+3 = 4. For another example, the digital root of 23 is 5 – because 2+3 =
5.
So now you have two singledigit numbers, derived from Total A and Total B. All you need to do is convert them into letters of the alphabet, using the system A=1, B=2, C=3 … etc.
(So, by way of an example, if your numbers were 7, and 8, you'd first count seven steps through the alphabet (abcdefG), and then eight steps (abcdefgH), and your letters would be 'G' and 'H'.)
Now find the only Procol Harum song (clue: there are two words in the title!) that has those two letters as its initials (for example, if the letters derived from the two Totals were ‘D’ and ‘A’, the song would be Drunk Again). The list of Procol titles at www.procolharum.com/tn+sq/sq_index.htm includes the song you’re looking for.
Write down the two words of the title separately, and find a numbervalue for each word, again using the system A=1, B=2, C=3 etc. (for example, D+R+U+N+K would be 4+18+21+14+11 = 68, and A+G+A+I+N would be 1+7+1+9+14 = 32).
Now take these two numbers derived from the titlewords (in the example, 68 and 32) and work out their digital roots (in the example, 6+8 = 14, 1+4 =5; and 3+2 = 5).
Put the two numbers sidebyside (put
the number derived from the first word of the title first, and the number from
the second word of the songtitle second) to make a twodigit
number, and send it to ‘Beyond the Pale’ (in the example, you’d send ‘55’ as
your answer) with your
full prizepreferences – all eight items please – in order.
Click here to send your answer direct to webmaster@procolharum.com.
Your message will look something like:
"The answer is [xy] and my
prize preferences are DCGEAHBF".
It's hard to imagine how this could be any more straightforward or entertaining!
If you're in the quickest three correct entrants (on a beattheclock basis) you stand a very good chance of getting your prime choice of the prizes. After that, all correct entries received in the following 24 hours will be placed in a Homburg, and the remaining winners will be drawn from that by a suitably Glamorous Assistant (subject to availability).
Useful resources: List of Procol Harum songs (from a previous puzzle)  BtP search engine  Search 'Beyond the Pale' on Google.
Jane Clare in Australia, who tests and verifies the annual puzzles at BtP, commented this year that one or two of the questions looked 'a tad misleading' unless you took care ... so we hope you did! Over the past years we've had one or two nonwinners who claimed, 'You guys tricked me …' so here's fair warning … just read the final instruction – indeed, all the wording of all the questions, and all the instructions – carefully.
In the unlikely event of there being fewer
winners than prizes this year, early claimants will get more than their fair
share! Prizes will of course be awarded at the absolute discretion of
Roland and Jens, who run 'Beyond the Pale', and whose decision will be final;
their families are not eligible to enter.
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