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Roman Numeral Decoding Quiz

Beat the clock to decode these randomly-generated Roman Numerals.
The questions change every time!
Quiz by Quizmaster
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First submittedJanuary 23, 2011
Last updatedSeptember 3, 2018
Times taken138,336
Rating4.95
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level 51
Jan 23, 2011
Nice one! :3 I'm pretty good with Roman Numerals.
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level 64
Feb 2, 2011
If you need time added, then it's your math that's the problem. If you can't do it, get faster with your math!!!!
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level 22
Mar 28, 2011
36 sec left :)
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level 22
Apr 18, 2011
46 seconds left with 100%
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level 52
Jun 29, 2011
Yes! 20/20!
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level 71
Jul 7, 2011
Took me 9 tries but I finally got 'em all. Ended w/ 19 probably 4 times or so!
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level 21
Sep 11, 2011
One of my favorite quizzes!!! Got them all the first time, but it was tight!
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level 21
Jun 6, 2012
Please add time.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
Definitely not!
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level 21
Jun 26, 2012
just remembered what L is -__________________-
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level 19
Oct 31, 2012
18 out of 20. Couldn't remember what D was right off
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level 22
Dec 11, 2012
This was a fun quiz. Playing it over and over and over lol
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level 44
Mar 2, 2013
Never mind the history books - this counting system is why the empire fell.
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level 76
Mar 2, 2013
improving after 3 tries but still only got 18.
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level 49
Mar 2, 2013
For those of you having trouble remembering the characters: If you put a "V" on top of an upsidedown "V", you get an "X", so an "X" is two "V"s. If you put an "L" under an upsidedown "L", you get a "C", so a "C" is two "L"s. If you put a "D" to the right of a backwards "D", you get a curvy "(|)" thing that's vaguely "M"-like, so an "M" is two "D"s.
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level 34
Mar 2, 2013
That's more complicated than just memorizing them.
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level 73
Dec 10, 2013
LOL right?
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level 44
Dec 1, 2014
aertzc hahahahahhaahaha :D
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level 49
Dec 28, 2016
GUMDROPS
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level 38
Apr 25, 2017
AMEN! - The cure is worse than the disease - Just memorize them already!!!
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level 49
Apr 27, 2017
Thanks for the tip. I generally remembered V and X but genuinely do get muddled between D and L, so I think this will be a useful way of remembering.
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level 42
Feb 7, 2019
the order is I V X L C D M
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level 57
May 29, 2019
C is cent and m is mille, so those are pretty easy and recurring in everyday life too. So it is really only a matter of distinguishing D and L and even if you switch them accidentally, you would know after only one error if is the other way around. (At least for the duration of this quiz, maybe afterwards if is forgotten again)
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level 55
Mar 3, 2013
I got all of them but I had to press the "Stop Timer" button!
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level 21
Mar 4, 2013
Need way more time.
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level 26
Mar 4, 2013
No you don't. You just need to work on your math.
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level 21
Mar 6, 2013
Actually it's not the math that's the problem, it's not knowing what the hell L, C and D mean, so I had to use most of my time trying to figure out what those were. Man, school was way too long ago...
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level 83
Dec 4, 2013
Liquid-Crystal Display?
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
no, i finished with 21 seconds!!!!
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level 39
May 30, 2017
No more than a minute could be added.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
If xv takes you too long, it really is 10+5 that takes you too long. The time is perfect
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level 71
Mar 6, 2013
2 minutes is perfect. You gotta bust balls to get done but that's how it should be. 16 the first try, all 20 the second. On this go around.
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
agreed, i got that too :) i got XVI the first time and XX the second time
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level 16
Apr 24, 2013
100% with 0:17 left :)
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level 21
Oct 22, 2017
1:20 left
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level 57
Nov 4, 2017
I got 16 seconds left.
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level 76
May 14, 2013
took me 6 or 7 tries to get 100% but then when I finally did I did it with 17 seconds remaining. Must have finally clicked or else I just got an easier one...
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level 76
May 15, 2013
did it with 30 seconds remaining this time.
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level 48
May 28, 2013
16/20...I need to practice more...
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level 43
Jun 5, 2013
Took 3 tries, but 100%. What finally did it was doing the easy stuff first, instead of going in order. I actually didn't know about M, D, C or L before taking this quiz. Thanks for creating it!
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level 44
Jun 21, 2013
Always annoys me when people say the time is too tight, that's the point. If everyone could get 100% with ease it would be a pointless quiz.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
In some cases they are totally correct for some quizzes you hardly have time to read all the questions (and stops being about knowing or thinking about the answers and starts being just about who can type the fastest). But in this case the time is exactly right.
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level 66
Jul 7, 2013
0:01 Few!!!
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level 70
Apr 27, 2017
Phew?
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level 63
Jan 29, 2018
Whew - sounds the same a few!
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level 39
Jul 28, 2013
Feci mihi primum experiri cum viginti septem secundus parce.
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
Nice! (For those who don't know Latin, he basically just said "I did it with 27 seconds left on my first try.")
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level 66
Oct 23, 2013
just in time! :)
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level 35
Nov 29, 2013
33 sec left.
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level 73
Dec 11, 2013
YES! Got 'em with a minute to go! On to the next challenge!
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level 26
Apr 4, 2014
Great quiz! I do have to disagree with some of the previous comments however. I would suggest keeping the time limit that is currently set. It makes for a more challenging quiz.
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level 39
Jul 22, 2014
100% with 50 secs left!
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level 20
Jul 30, 2014
finished with seconds left after 3 trys
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level 34
Sep 12, 2014
Rocky II plus Rocky V equals... Rocky VII: Adrian's Revenge!
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level 22
Sep 22, 2014
Done it with 1.39 min left.
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level 20
Nov 12, 2014
done on my second try (failed on my first) and did it with 0:21 left!!
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level 20
Dec 12, 2014
Got all except the D and M ones. Don't know what they mean
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level 58
Mar 3, 2015
M is easy, it's 1000 (millennium is 1000 years, easiest comparison to english). D is 500.
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
D for Decade! OH WAIT...
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
;)
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level 57
May 29, 2019
Maybe think of demi to remember, half, half a millennium (just thought of this after reading the joke, not sure i will use it but maybe it will be of help for others)
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level 35
Jan 15, 2015
The average score is 13? That can't be right... You learn this in elementary school.
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level 76
Mar 3, 2015
And since then roman numerals are *so* relevant in day-to-day life, right? I mean, aside from once a year when it's time to figure out which Super Bowl they're playing.
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level 39
Mar 3, 2015
Not everyone learns them in primary school! I wasn't even taught them in Grammar school (although some of the forms were). I've just tried to learn them over the years but did poorly in this quiz. I still wouldn't ask for extra time, though, as that's part of the challenge.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
There are only a few symbols to learn. I is selfexplanatory, c and m are obvious (cent and mille) Im pretty sure most know x is 10 cause you come across it pretty often. Definitely in places ghey have wallclocks ;) so that leaves only D and L. That doedng need to take years?

and i cant remember if we were taught roman numerals specifically in elementary/primary school, but i definately knew them when i was 8.

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level 56
Jul 2, 2017
Nope, never learned it anywhere. Until this quiz.
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level 39
Jan 24, 2018
In what country? I only learned them in 7th grade when I took Latin.
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level 76
Feb 24, 2019
I did learn them in elementary school. I specifically recall learning about them in 6th grade, but possibly sooner than that. Still, haven't had to use them very much since then.
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level 76
Mar 3, 2015
Challenging, but not too hard, or easy. Got them all, but with only 3 seconds left.
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level 44
Mar 3, 2015
Done it with 1:06 left, feel proud :)
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level 39
Dec 6, 2015
You should, you beat an IQ of 139. :) Nice job!
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level 49
Mar 3, 2015
100% with 0:22. Not bad.
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level 33
Mar 5, 2015
i like it but it needs more time
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level 52
Mar 8, 2015
Not enough time! Was going great guns then all of a sudden I get the axe…
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level 49
Apr 26, 2015
This is my favourite maths quiz, but I can't seem to beat it with more than 40 seconds to spare.
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level 49
Jun 1, 2015
Yes! 44 to spare today!
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level 49
Oct 5, 2017
Wow, past me was really proud of himself without even having a minute remaining...
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level 34
May 25, 2015
The time allowed is too short!!!
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level 19
Sep 2, 2015
bang on!!!! completed with 31 secs to go..
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level 58
Oct 26, 2015
Not happy with selection I just got. 1570, 1574 and 1576, and a sequence 54, 74 and 70. Sometimes you need to be less truly random and more "random-looking"!
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level 57
May 29, 2019
Why not happy ? If should be easier when they are alike
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level 67
Oct 26, 2015
For me the first time I take a quiz is a challenge ( I missed the last 2 on this quiz before time ran out)....... keeping on taking the quiz is just a case of remembering the answers or repetition makes perfect and it's just not the same satisfaction.
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level 19
Nov 18, 2015
45 seconds left
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level 67
Jan 20, 2016
XXVIII secundis reliquit :)
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level 70
Sep 19, 2016
Can't believe it took this long for someone to think of posting their finishing time this way. Well played! FWIW, I finished with :XXXIII left. :-)
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level 52
Feb 8, 2016
Finished it on the last millisecond! Great quiz!!
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level 69
Feb 11, 2016
Maybe it's because I got a good night's sleep but I finished with 1:07 remaining today!
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level 58
Mar 11, 2016
III - XI - MMXVI. I think I am going to start dating my checks like that.
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level 24
Nov 6, 2016
easy
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level 64
Nov 22, 2016
It took me a few times, but I could get all 20. It was hard though.
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level 26
Nov 23, 2016
Not enough time - 3 minutes would be more appropriate.
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level 72
Nov 23, 2016
Toughest of the 3 math badge quizzes for me. Good quiz. Took me a few tries.
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level 62
Nov 23, 2016
This was the easiest for me. Addition and multiplication was much harder.
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level 54
Dec 8, 2016
cool quiz, 31s left, first go
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level 12
Dec 19, 2016
I forgot what M was but I remembered later and got 17/20 on my second try
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level 49
Dec 28, 2016
So. Stressful. But I got them all, so I'm happy in the end. I'm going to die young.
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level 56
Jan 15, 2017
I only got V
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level 39
Jan 24, 2017
35 seconds remaining
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level 47
Feb 8, 2017
20/20 with 1 second left!
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level 39
Feb 28, 2017
35 seconds left!
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level 32
Mar 1, 2017
33 seconds left. Finally playing this quiz IV times in a row pays off.
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level 45
Mar 8, 2017
I finished all of these with 2:01 left, I am only 2 months old and have already studied all the great Roman literature. I grew up in a poor neighborhood in Naples and yet I can recite Pliny's great works verbatim.
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level 28
Mar 26, 2017
25 seconds remaining dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 38
Apr 25, 2017
Why do you constantly edit my comments? - (I use no profanity) Can't stand the heat? (of criticism) Get out of the kitchen!
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level ∞
Apr 26, 2017
I never edit comments, but I might remove them for many reasons. Not sure if yours have ever removed.
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level 13
Apr 26, 2017
Confuzing
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level 62
Apr 27, 2017
I was literally just about to type in the last one before the timer got to zero... Damn you, methodical brain, why can't you just be fast?
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level 67
Apr 28, 2017
Good Quiz, anyone doing this quiz must like a challenge. then try 'The CHALLENGE' ..... at ... ... http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/120558/the-challenge
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level 36
Apr 28, 2017
I got them all right with 4 minutes left and I am only -6. Guess what? I don't care how old you are and how much time you had left!
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level 57
May 29, 2019
I dont care about people that dont care about other peoples comments
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level 49
Apr 28, 2017
Easy.
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level 33
Apr 30, 2017
I=1 V=5 X=10 L=50 C=100 D=500 M=1,000 and if it has an underline (except "i") multiply by 1,000 (i.e. if you underline D it becomes 500,000 rather than 500.)
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level 25
May 9, 2017
needed one more second, 19/20
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level 49
May 13, 2017
anyone better than 1:17?
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level 38
Jun 3, 2017
Finished with 2 seconds left!
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level 45
Jun 15, 2017
I got XV/XX on my first try and im XI
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level 56
Jul 4, 2017
For those of us not familiar with roman numerals, this is a great test of working memory: I could not get this test when I normally take quizzes, at night, but now, after a night's sleep got it on the first try with 25 s remaining.
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level 20
Jul 31, 2017
0:11 left :)
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level 38
Aug 20, 2017
impossible...
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level 40
Aug 30, 2017
Just learnt my roman numerals - at age 40+ Whoop whoop
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level 66
Sep 1, 2017
Too easy man
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level 26
Nov 9, 2017
0:36 left - first try - and i can do faster!!!
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level 78
Nov 20, 2017
1'22'' left
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level 38
Dec 13, 2017
Wen the "untimed" route and still missed three. After a while you get cross-eyed with all those "x" es and "d"s
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level 57
May 29, 2019
I have the opposite the first 3-5 numbers went slow, after that it was just more and more like normal numbers. Like what happens when you read backwards, upside down, or wehn sntecenes are witertn lkie tihs.
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level 25
Jan 31, 2018
Math Wizard Now
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level 47
Feb 13, 2018
2 seconds left!!
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level 20
Apr 11, 2018
1 sec left!!!!!!!!!
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level 20
Apr 19, 2018
I got it with 56 seconds left. The time is fine.
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level 34
May 7, 2018
Fifth attempt just squeaked in on time. We got taught this at junior school and all BBC television programme credits used to end with the year they were produced in Roman numerals (eg: MCMLXXIX = 1979) which was a good grounding.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
Books aswell, though some people here might not remember what those are ;)
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level 49
May 27, 2018
Second try, finished with 13 seconds left.
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level 40
May 29, 2018
Finished with 27 seconds left!!!!
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level 70
Jun 16, 2018
Randomly...it came up with important dates in Roman history.
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level 42
Aug 28, 2018
The numbers should be invisible untill you hit start. Now you see them beforehand and can already(if not automatically) solve some.
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level 57
May 29, 2019
Same with every single quiz on this site... thid one is mo different.
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level 23
Sep 21, 2018
quick tip: M = 1000 D = 500 C = 100 L = 50 X = 10 V = 5 I = 1
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level 49
Sep 25, 2018
Did it untimed as years since I've used Roman numerals. But very pleased I got them all right
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level 28
Oct 18, 2018
Excellent quiz! Nothing to brag about here but a great challenge to my processing of roman numerals.
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level 45
Nov 7, 2018
I thought that I had a lot of time... until the last 5 or so. 20/20 with 0:01 left!
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level 39
Dec 15, 2018
Numbers to Roman numerals would make a good quiz
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level 53
Jan 24, 2019
Got it with XIV seconds left. My skills are useless in the real world.
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level 34
Apr 24, 2019
20/20 with 4 seconds left.
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level 66
Apr 25, 2019
Fun challenge. Took four goes and only had one second to spare!
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level 46
May 28, 2019
good challenge, felt impossible at the beginning with only 11 but after 5 or six attempts eventually got it, you just start to do more of it unconsciously
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level 22
Aug 14, 2019
I don't understand why all maths quizzes give so little time. I think being able to do those calculations fast is one thing, but what is rarely tested is the ability to do more complicated calculations like taking roots, factoring or squaring.