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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\$ – Braden Best 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\$ – Braden Best 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

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Deadfish~, 12 bytes


Try it online!

This, this is surprisingly short!

  • \$\begingroup\$ save bytes by squaring instead of incrementing twice at the end \$\endgroup\$ – Recursive Co. Apr 24 at 15:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ This can just be vanilla deadfish, since you don't use ch{}(). Also, iiio can be replaced with iso for 11 bytes. \$\endgroup\$ – A username Apr 25 at 22:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ And you can get the number 2014: iiisddsddddsdddddddddddo but that's a bit long. \$\endgroup\$ – A username Apr 25 at 22:34

Hexagony, 3 bytes


Try it online!

Or if you prefer code that terminates, here's 4 bytes:


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\$ – Brian Carcich May 22 '17 at 14:29
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