**CLUE
2 - SOLUTION**

To solve this clue, each cookie must be converted to a base three number, with the dough, filling and topping assigned either a 0, 1 or 2. In base 3, the number 112 would work out to 1x(3^2) + 1x(3^1)+ 2x(3^0) = 9 + 3 + 2 = 14. The 14th letter of the alphabet is N, so that cookie would represent the letter N. Base three works out well for representing the English alphabet because there are 3^3 = 27 possible base 3 numbers (the alphabet plus a space). The question is: how do you order the three qualities (dough / filling / topping) , and how do you assign a numeric value to the three flavorings (none or sugar / peanut butter / chocolate)? The answer is: Dough = 0 / filling = 1 / topping = 2 (because that's the order in which cookies are made) As for the flavorings, Game Control assigned sugar/none = 0 / chocolate = 1 / peanut butter = 2 because peanut butter has the strongest flavor. We disagree, and think chocolate should be 2 (we would have solved it in five minutes if it had been but when it didn't work out, we resorted to brute force!) The resulting numbers are:
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