We love when you take the time to write comments on our blog! And recently, a user named Quit Smoking Weed (who conveniently included a link to a website of the same name) commented on a post:

{Great|Wonderful|Fantastic|Magnificent|Excellent} beat ! I {wish to|would like to} apprentice while you amend your {site|web site|website}, how {can|could} i subscribe for a blog {site|web site|website}

Yes, that’s exactly how the post showed up. We found this comment both flattering and fascinating — an insight into the world of spam blog comments. The programmer behind the auto-comment bot left some of the code available for all to see, and we now know that this program can produce dozens of unique-looking comments. It has the choice to say:

*Great/Wonderful/Fantastic/Magnificent/Excellent* (choose one of five)

beat! I:

*wish to / would like to* (choose one of two)

apprentice while you amend your:

*site / web site / website* (choose one of three)

how:

*can/ could* (choose one of two)

I subscribe for a blog:

*site / web site / website* (choose one of three)

It’s just like Mad Libs! Except with links back to rogue websites and SEO ploys. And it got us to thinking: **How many different comments can this particular bot create? ** Not only is it like Mad Libs, it’s a lot like the GMAT… So let’s turn it into a GMAT problem. With this bot, how many unique comments can be posted?

(A) 15

(B) 150

(C) 180

(D) 210

(E) 240

Post your (non-spam) comments in the comments section and we’ll be back later today with a solution!

UPDATE: Solution! 180. As each decision point allows for a new set of sequences, you can calculate the total number of options by multiplying 5*2*3*2*3 = 180.

c 180

5C1*2C1*3C1*2C1*3C1=5*2*3*2*3=180