Can you help Professor Guesser find her room at Puzzleworth College?

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By Michael Wallace

It's Professor Guesser's fi rst day at Puzzleworth College. Checking her email, she fi nds the following from her new departmental chair.
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From: Gail E. Gladstone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [+ 6 others]
Date: Sep 10, 2015 at 07:30 AM
Subject: Welcome! + your new research group
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Dear Professor Guesser,
Welcome to Puzzleworth! I hope you’re settling in on your first day. Sorry to be away at a conference when you arrived, but you know what the glamorous, jet-setting life of a puzzlematrician is like! Anyway, just wanted to touch base (or perhaps that should be touch e-base? or e-touch base? I’ll ask one of my grad students what the kids are saying these days) and put you in contact with the research group. They’re all cc-ed in (hi guys!) and I’ve put their office locations below in case you want to drop in on any of them. Just so you know, we usually concatenate floor and room numbers, so room 1 on the 16th floor is 1601, etc, but I’ve written them out in full as you’re new here.

Eric Jordan 16th floor, room 3
Alice Gallagher 17th floor, room 14
Gabriel Garcia 17th floor, room 60
Vladimir Estavez 19th floor, room 1
Emile Gerrard 19th floor, room 10
Genevieve Elliott 19th floor, room 52

You’ll find me on the 19th floor as well - just look for the square office with my name on it! Oh, just seen the time - a stimulating breakfast meeting on...something or other beckons! Got to dash!
-G

You may have noticed that in her hurry to eat some delicious pastries, Professor Gladstone neglected to mention her own office number. Can you help Professor Guesser figure it out?

 


Solution

Each room number, when concatenated, corresponds to a year in which the English (or British) monarch changed. The initials of the occupant correspond to the monarchs who reigned
in those years, so Vladimir Estavez with initials V.E. and room 1901 matches up with Victoria and Edward VII, with the latter succeeding the former that year. If we ignore the middle initial, Gail
E. Gladstone would be G.G. and lead us to a George succeeding a George, but this only happened in the 1700s and 1800s, and we're told she's on the 19th floor. The middle initial is therefore
signifi cant, and in fact it's not simply successions, but which monarchs reigned at all during those years. G.E.G. therefore corresponds to the three-king year of 1936, featuring George V, Edward
VIII and George VI, so Professor Gladstone is in room 1936. (As a final hint, 1936 = 442, so her office really is `square'.)
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Congratulations to those who solved the puzzle! They were:
Richard Job, Jenny Boag, Andrew Garratt, Richard Whatton, Peter Smith, Chris Foy, John Haigh

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