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It's 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 already, folks, go home.

So, now that it's 2014, it's time for a code question involving the number 2014.

Your task is to make a program that prints the number 2014, without using any of the characters 0123456789 in your code, and independently of any external variables such as the date or time or a random seed.

The shortest code (counting in bytes) to do so in any language in which numbers are valid tokens wins.


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    \$\begingroup\$ Even though numbers are ignored in brainfuck, I thought I'd post one anyway. 32 Chars: ++++++[>++++++++<-]>++.--.+.+++. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 1 '15 at 21:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Brainfuck isn't a valid language for this challenge. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Z.
    Apr 1 '15 at 22:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ I know. That's why I posted it as a comment \$\endgroup\$ Apr 1 '15 at 22:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ I wonder if this question gets a small spike in popularity around New Year's. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Z.
    Dec 26 '15 at 23:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Waiting for "Come on folks, don't you realize it's 2016?" :) \$\endgroup\$
    – padawan
    Jan 4 '16 at 23:35

304 Answers 304

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MAWP 2.1, 15 bytes


Try it online lol.


Neim, 4 2 bytes


Try it online!

Push 20, push 14 and print the entire stack


BRASCA, 4 bytes


Try it online!


'ߞ   - Push the character ߞ (Codepoint 2014)
  n  - Print as number

Alternative solution, 9 bytes


Try it online!


ll+         - 10+10 = 20
   '.E-     - code point 46-32  = 14
       S    - Concatenate 20 and 14
        n   - Print as number
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    \$\begingroup\$ According to Wikipedia, 1 is a number. I don't know how accurate it is, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – EasyasPi
    Jan 28 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm too used to those dang numbers. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 28 at 13:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's now fixed. No more stray numbers. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 28 at 13:48

C, 29 bytes (Emacs) / 40 bytes (VI)

Before creating program, execute the shell command

stty -ixon      ### 11 bytes, with the newline

N.B this is required for most terminal editors, but is not required for emacs

then write this code:


N.B. '^S' is a single XOFF character e.g. in VI use control-V, control-S; in emacs use control-Q, control-S; emacs turns off flow control by default.

I assume the comment [You can't type ^S in a Linux terminal] below left off an implied [without the stty command or equivalent e.g. emacs default behavior upon startup], otherwise that comment is inaccurate.

And here is the requested hexdump:

$ od -a -t x1 x.c
0000000   m   a   i   n   (   )   {   p   r   i   n   t   f   (   "   %
         6d  61  69  6e  28  29  7b  70  72  69  6e  74  66  28  22  25
0000020   d   "   ,   '   j   '   *   ' dc3   '   )   ;   }  nl
         64  22  2c  27  6a  27  2a  27  13  27  29  3b  7d  0a
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    \$\begingroup\$ This isn't a valid answer. You have to count the shell command also, since it's a non-standard configuration. Also, if you have unprintables in your code, you should include a hexdump, for extra clarity. \$\endgroup\$
    – user45941
    Sep 27 '16 at 15:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ You can't type ^S in a Linux terminal. -1 \$\endgroup\$
    – MD XF
    May 21 '17 at 23:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ There is more than one way to ^Skin a cat, so these comments are incorrect as written; I clarified my post to address the confusion these folks (and others) may be having. It's still 29 if you use emacs as an editor. MD XF: how do you enter your [U+07DE] character into C-source; also, my compiler throws an error when replacing [main()] with [f()] (excluding the obvious gcc -Df=main hack), but if there is a compiler that accepts [f()], then all C source scores drop by 3. So you need to bump your score by 3, or reduce all other C solutions. \$\endgroup\$ May 22 '17 at 14:29
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