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Petals around the Rose


Well-Known Member
Mar 8, 2004
Vancouver, Canada
My brother showed me this dice game last Friday at a party. I have been racking my brain over it ever since trying to figure out how it works and finally figured it out last night!

Check it out: http://crux.baker.edu/cdavis09/roses.html.

There are 3 rules to the game:
1. The number is always even.
2. Once you figure it out, you can never tell anyone how to solve it.
3. The name is very important.

If you figure it out, you will become part of the Fraternity of the Rose. You can add your name at this website: http://www.borrett.id.au/computing/petals-frat.htm. If you can't figure it out, don't feel too bad. Apparently the longer it takes you to figure it out, the more intelligent you are. This is Bill Gates' experience with the game: http://www.borrett.id.au/computing/petals-bg.htm. :lol:
I figured this one out a few months ago. Once you get it, you might think "Why didn't I see that from the start?"
Oh, I forgot there are actually 3 rules:

3. The name is very important.

And also, do not give away the answer here if you figure it out. If you do, I'll be deleting your post.
If you are figuring it out quickly:

It had taken Dr. Duke well over a year himself, and he would always explain that the smarter you were, the longer it took to figure it out.
:p :lol:
I've figured it out after the third try. I must be brain dead :lol:

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I'm still struggling :( tried every mathematical formula I could think of, then tried thinking as simple as I could, still no joy, gonna keep at it tho! :p

***EDIT - Huzah!! I just figured it - *happy now*
i got it finally after about 3 days of looking and studing it

the even thing still isn't that big of a hint to me
Andrew911tt said:
i got it finally after about 3 days of looking and studing it

the even thing still isn't that big of a hint to me
It isn't necessarily a hint. It's just something that is always true.

I showed my girlfriend the puzzle last night and now she's totally obsessed over trying to figure it out. :lol: She's normally really good at these sorts of things so I'm suprised she hasn't gotten it by now.

Good luck to those still trying to figure it out, and congratulations to those who have. :D Now you can torture your friends with it. :p
the name of the game is a big clue.

(also dont think too much ;))

didn't have a clue how it worked, untill i took a dictionary and looked up the world petals, after that i had it right away

there realy is no logic you have to look for, just count (not saying what to count :p )