A Trick of the Mind
I wonder if you can help me ?
I can certainly try.
I can remember historical dates and what symphonies are in major or minor keys, but I can’t remember telephone numbers or passwords allocated to me which have to take a prescribed form.
What you need is some kind of rhyme, or method of remembering telephone numbers and passwords.
I can remember Prokofiev 131 as a password
Why is that?
Well I like Prokofiev, and 131 was the last opus number he completed.
That’s not a rhyme or method though.
So what you need is some kind of system by which to remember that. If we start with say 12 cubed. 12 x 12 x 12. 12 cubed is 1728
What’s 12 cubed got to do with it?
Not sure yet, but I can tell you it’s approximately the volume a gas becomes from 1 unit volume of its liquid form, which is a useful thing to remember. But if instead of cubing it we square it. 12 x 12. We get 144.
Which gives us Shostakovich 144.
Which is the password.
What do you mean No?
I mean no, that isn´t the password.
Can you change it?
If I changed it I wouldn´t be able to remember it.
It would make it much easier.
Not for me it wouldn´t.
What was it again?
I must try and remember that.
It would be a help.
So let´s use the year serfdom was repealed in Russia 1861 as well as the year the Russians sold Alaska to the USA, 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. Not forgetting the disastrous first performance of Rachmaninov’s first symphony conducted by Glazunov in 1899 which gives us 76 trombones in the big parade. So Tchaikovsky 76.
Ah I think Stalin’s phone number got mixed up in there somewhere. Moscow 3434, throwing the answer out.
What’s Stalin’s phone number got to do with it?
Shostakovich would know Stalin’s phone number because Stalin had his.
It´s Prokofiev not Shostakovich we´re after. Anyway wasn´t 3434 Jean Paul Sartre´s old number. Paris 3434.
Where were we?
No the password is Prokofiev 131.
O.K let’s try again. Prokofiev knew the World Chess champion Capablanca who was Cuban and his most famous ending is against Tartakower, New York 1924, using a Dutch defence. The game lasted 52 moves which divided by two then divided into 1924, gives us Fidel Castro 74. So the password is Fidel Castro 74.
That´s some method. You’ve come up with a password I can’t remember though you can, even though you don´t need to.