## Can You Count to 100?

Of course you can. Can you do it in Russian? You do not need to know Russian to do it; you just need to solve my puzzle. Below are some numerals written in Russian. You have enough information to write any number from 1 to 99 inclusive in Russian.

• 1 — один
• 10 — десять
• 11 — одиннадцать
• 12 — двенадцать
• 13 — тринадцать
• 14 — четырнадцать
• 15 — пятнадцать
• 18 — восемнадцать
• 22 — двадцать два
• 31 — тридцать один
• 33 — тридцать три
• 40 — сорок
• 44 — сорок четыре
• 46 — сорок шесть
• 55 — пятьдесят пять
• 88 — восемьдесят восемь
• 97 — девяносто семь
• 99 — девяносто девять

If you are too lazy to write all the Russian numerals I requested, try the most difficult ones: 16, 17, 19, 67 and 76.

If you know Russian, then I have a back-up puzzle for you. Do the same thing for French:

• 1 — un
• 10 — dix
• 11 — onze
• 12 — douze
• 13 — treize
• 14 — quatorze
• 16 — seize
• 17 — dix-sept
• 21 — vingt-et-un
• 22 — vingt-deux
• 31 — trente-et-un
• 33 — trente-trois
• 40 — quarante
• 44 — quarante-quatre
• 46 — quarante-six
• 48 — quarante-huit
• 55 — cinquante-cinq
• 61 — soixante-et-un
• 71 — soixante et onze
• 72 — soixante-douze
• 75 — soixante-quinze
• 79 — soixante-dix-neuf
• 80 — quatre-vingts
• 81 — quatre-vingt-un
• 91 — quatre-vingt-onze
• 98 — quatre-vingt-dix-huit

And again, if you are lazy, you can concentrate on translating 15, 18, 19, 41, 51, 56, 65, 78 and 99 into French.

I invite my readers to create similar puzzles in all languages.

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### 7 Comments

1. #### Jonathan:

I’ll send on a Turkish one when I get a chance. It requires but 9 pieces of information, which must be minimal.

91 in French lost a q: quatre-vingt-onze. And I used to spell well in French, but I would have missed most of the hyphens. It’s been a long time. (I never spelled well in Russian)

2. #### Tanya Khovanova:

Thanks, Jonathan,

I fixed 91.

3. #### Konstantin:

For Italian

1 – uno
10 – dieci
11 – undici
12 – dodici
13 – tredici
14 – quattordici
15 – quindici
16 – sedici
17 – diciasette
18 – diciotto
19 – diciannove
22 – ventidue
27 – ventisette
28 – ventotto
29 – ventinove
34 – trentaquattro
45 – quarantacinque
56 – cinquantasei
67 – sessantasette
73 – settantatre
90 – novanta
91 – novantuno

Translate 2, 3, 4, 30, 41, 57, 69, 85, 88, 96 into Italian.

4. #### Leonid Grinberg:

For Foodtongue:

1 – Carrot
10 – Stew
11 – Stew
12 – Stew
5164 – Stew

Translate 14, 21, and 16

On a slightly more serious note, there is what I call the Usable Foodtongue Number System:

0 – Water
1 – Carrot
2 – Tomato
3 – Zucchini
4 – Corn
5 – Carrot-Water
6 – Carrot-Carrot

Translate, into English, “Carrot-Corn”.

5. #### Misha:

Tanya, here is the Uzbek version.
It sounds 100% identical to Turkish, however I can’t spell in Turkish.
Also, the cyrillic spellings of Uzbek words miss some decorations
(and now Uzbekistan uses Latin graphics anyway, also with some decorations).
Now, the following is hard — and may be a bit of a stretch.
If you can correctly translate 79 based on the following,
then eight pieces of info are really enough.
If not, you need 9 pieces which will then make it easy.

12 ун икки
23 йигирма уч
34 уттиз турт
45 кирк беш
56 эллик олти
68 олтмиш саккиз
87 саксон йетти
91 туксон бир

Note on prononciation: stress is always on the last syllable, and “и” under stree is pronounced as Russian “ы”

6. #### Aires:

In Portuguese:
1 — um
10 — dez
11 — onze
12 — doze
13 — treze
14 — quatorze
15 – quinze
16 — dezesseis
18 – dezoito
19 – dezenove
22 — vinte e dois
31 – trinta e um
33 — trinta e três
40 — quarenta
44 — quarenta e quatro
55 — cinquenta e cinco
66 – sessenta e seis
77 — setenta e sete
88 – oitenta e oito
99 – noventa e nove

7. #### Arun Kumar:

In one of the Indian Language.
In Malayalm:

1 – onnu
10 – pathu
11 – pathinonnu
12 – pantrnandu
13 – pathimonnu
14 – quattordici
15 – pathinanju
16 – pathinaru
17 – pathiunezhu
18 – pathinettu
19 – pathonpathu
22 – erupatti randu
27 – erupatti ezhu
28 – erupatti ettu
29 – erupatti onpathu
34 – mupatti nalu
45 – nalapatti anju
56 – anpatti aaru
67 – arupatti ezhu
73 – ezhupatti moonnu
90 – tonnuuru
91 – thonnutti onnu