Member Rara Avis
Let's see, there are 18 letters, giving us 18 factorial possible combinations (1 x 2 x 3 x 4 …18). Mmm, that's not good. A bit over six quadrillion ways to put those letters together. That's a 6 followed by 15 zeroes. Except, if it's four words, we should also include three spaces. That's 21 factorial, or 51 quintillion, or 51 followed by 18 zeroes, or about 8,000 times bigger than our original six quadrillion. This is getting a bit out of hand, I think.
Okay, here's what we'll do. Each of our 5,257 Members can post a different arrangement of the 21 letters (including the spaces). We should be able to do this, right? Each of you only has to come up with 9,718,649,832,929,320 guesses. Uh, at the rate of one every minute (assuming we all worked simultaneously and no one duplicated someone else's guess), it would only take about eighteen and a half million years.
Gee, I wonder if Aphrodite has enough disk space for this? All right, I'll admit maybe it's a dumb idea. It probably won't work. (Those of you with multiple aliases are going to be working REALLY hard.) But what choice do we have? Unless Lauren wants to cough up the answer, this is the only chance we have. Ready? Okay, I'll go first:
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