Magic Gopher

Magic Gopher


Think of a number with two digits. For example 43.

Now add the two numbers together. For exammple 4 + 3 = 7.

Next, subtract the new number from your orginal number. For example 43 - 7 = 36.

Finally, look at the symbol next to your number. Remember it.

Now the Magic Gohper will read your mind and tell you what your symbol is. Watch carefully.


Think of a number with two digits. For example, 43. Follow the Magic Gopher's instructions and he will amaze you by telling you what number you chose.

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Did he get your number right? How does he do it?!


Tho55's picture

Of course he gets it right. You subtract the two nubers added from the original number. Example: 43. You subtract 4+3. Instead of taking 43-7, take 43 -3 -4. You will get the same answer. However this proves that no matter what nuber you choose you will always subtract the second number (in this case 3) to get a number that ends with 0 (in this case 40). Then the nuber you subtracted second can only be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 And the only possible outcomes will be, 90 - 9 = 81, 80 - 8 = 72, 70 - 7 = 63, 60 - 6 = 54, 50 - 5 = 45, 40 - 4= 36, 30 -3 = 27, 20 - 2 = 18 and 10 - 1 = 9. You might notice that all of these numbers are in the 9's multiplication table. That is because when multiplying by 9 you can instead multiply by 10 and subract the other number. For example: 5*9 = 5*10 - 5 = 50 - 5 = 45. First you add one 5 and then you subtract it again. 9*5 = 9*5 + 5 - 5.

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JoEditor's picture

Hi Emmobe,
Thanks for your comment. We have a problem with this game and a few others and we're trying to fix them. The Magic Gopher should be back soon! Sorry about this! 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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talga_crut's picture

What would you have two-digit number you do not put forth - after subtraction of the two components can only get numbers of 81, 72, 63, 54, 45, 36, 27, 18 or 9. Look - in the symbol table, all symbols corresponding to these numbers - the same. Naturally, the square provides exactly what you "put forth"
And that did not raise suspicions, the picture is constantly changing.
That's the whole secret.

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Jo - Coordinator's picture

Hi gore_ross, You're right, it doesn't work on a phone, I'm sorry. We're working to make all of our site mobile friendly in the near future. Best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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kaboooom's picture

Now let me explain you the reason. The number is 2 dight, so it should be (10a+b). Follow his instructions, it will end up as 9a. now you wold mention the mutiply of 9's sign is all the same.

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DanielDane's picture

Simple! I dont know how but the game knows at what symbol you are looking at,and it can guess it.Try to do a random number,remember the symbol and try it again with the same number,look at another symbol and it wont guess the correct symbol!
Sorry for my bad English

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cupcakeID123's picture

Sorry danieldane but i tried that and he can guess your number simply because every answer you have is a multiple of 9,if you look at the symbol page all multiples of 9 (other than 90) HAVE THE same symbol!!

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sg's picture

unknown number count is now 15 1 + 5 = 6, then 6 -1 = 5, and then look at the number of such 16 and voalya

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Crouton's picture

Look, if you take a number N=10xa+b, where b is between 0 and 9 and a between 1 and 9. Ok?
So, you have (10a+b) - (a+b)=9a, right ? After that, look at the multiples of 9, they have all the same sign. When you have your result (ex: 12>1+2=3>12-3=9), which is a multiple of 9. The squirrel must just say these sign and he's right ! Understood, now ?

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Crouton's picture

Woof4, look, if you take N=10a+b, where b is between 0 and 9, and a between 1and 9, you have :
(10a+b) - (a+b) = 9a. Ok? So, the result can only be a multiple of 9 : 9,18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90. After that, look at the signs in the table. You can notice that all the multiplies of 9 have the same sign. The squirrel has just to show this sign and he's right. You see, it's no magic, but mathematics.

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