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Sign of the Times is an episode in Season 6.
Super-speedy Eighteen discovers a faster way to add a number together lots of times.
Eighteen and Ten are both racing together. Attempting to outspeed Ten, Eighteen soon enters his 3x6 arrangement and splits into six Threes to speed up. Soon, he accidentally crashes into a scarecrow and destroys it. Upon realizing this, when Ten arrives, he simply shrugs this off and states that it is a plus sign. He soon realizes it could mean that he can add up really fast, so he does so. Ten, impressed, asks if he can do it again.
As such, he does it again, but doing it slower by revealing he simply done 3+3+3+3+3+3. Eighteen soon tells her to do it; during which Sixteen appears, trying to find square potatoes, though wondering where the scarecrow is. Eighteen simply ignores and gets ready to see how fast Ten can add up. Splitting into five Twos, she does it slowly, which gets on Eighteen's nerves. Sixteen soon offers to try and do it faster for Eighteen; unfortunately, due to the amount of Twos, she does it slower than usual. Eighteen causes Sixteen to lose focus, which causes her to do the equation all over again; with it having gone so slowly, Eighteen creates a hurricane that knocks everything into an x shape. He soon realizes the scarecrow stand has been knocked down, and gets an idea to use it as a faster way to add up.
He picks up all the pluses and mashes them into the "times" sign. He asks how many Twos there are; eight. This makes 8 times 2. He soon tests it out; it works, and is much faster than usual- Eighteen soon prompts Ten to do the same, and he soon follows. Afterwards, he soon accidentally reveals he did break the scarecrow. Soon, crows come in, and Eighteen is forced to take the scarecrow's place.
Adding up multiple of the same number in a row (such as 2+2+2+2+2+2+2+2) is lengthy and cumbersome, and a simple loss of focus can result in having to add up from the beginning again. As such, the times symbol is made to circumvent it by just adding them all up at once. Remember what you're adding, and how many times you're adding it up.
- The name is a pun on "times", as in multiplication.
- This is the first episode to involve multiplication with the times sign. Previously, the Numberblocks would've used arrays and repeated addition, but that would be way slower and make Eighteen mad.
- This is the fifth episode where One is absent and third episode where Two is the smallest.
- Eighteen is the biggest number in this episode.
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