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Some people I know enjoy puzzles. (So do I.) Here’s a neat one:

  1. 85

  2. 37

  3. 655321

  4. 64389000

  5. 466 64

  6. 24601

  7. 101 980

  8. 95 057

  9. 42799

  10. 6

The only hint provided is:

 

It’s not something you’ll figure out by just thinking about it, but with some creative Googling you can get it.

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Via

J-Walk

(Warning: the link will show you the answer!)

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Edit 2017: The link above is dead, so I’ve recovered the answer from the Wayback Machine, for my own sanity.

They’re all prisoners!

1) 85 – Al Capone

2) 37 – Paul Newman’s character in Cool Hand Luke

3) 655321 – Alex in A Clockwork Orange

4) 64389000 – The Man in the Iron Mask

5) 466 64 – Nelson Mandela

6) 24601 – Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

7) 101 980 – Slobodan Milosevic

8) 95 057 – Timothy McVeigh

9) 42799 – Frank Sinatra

10) 6 – Patrick McGoohan’s character in The Prisoner

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roytang.net is a personal site, an E/N site, and kind of a commonplace book; I post about a random assortment of topics that interest me including software development, Magic the Gathering, pop culture, gaming, and tech life. This site is perpetually under renovation.