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I am playing 2048 Numberwang. Sometimes the game proclaims: enter image description here

Is it possible to know exactly when it is Numberwang?

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I had to watch the video to understand the game. –  William Jackson Mar 21 at 13:18
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You should watch all Numberwang episodes to get a better grasp. –  Sentry Mar 21 at 14:47

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"That's Numberwang!" is a random message displayed 10% of the time during score update if your score for that turn is greater than 8:

The relevant code is in html_actuator.js:

function HTMLActuator() {
    ...
    this.thatsNumberwang  = document.querySelector(".thats-numberwang");
    ...
}
...
HTMLActuator.prototype.updateScore = function (score) {
    ...
    if (Math.random() > 0.9 && score > 8) {
        this.showMessage()
    }
    ...
};
...
HTMLActuator.prototype.showMessage = function (message) {
    message = message || "That's Numberwang!";
    var announce = document.createElement("p");
    announce.classList.add("show-numberwang");
    announce.textContent = message;
    this.thatsNumberwang.appendChild(announce);
};
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Every turn the site contacts Colosson to determine whether or not it is Numberwang. The result is relayed safely back to the user, to avoid further incident.

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It is possible that the dev overrode Math.random() to make the necessary telegraph to Colosson. Since @Feichinger's answer doesn't explicitly specify whether this is the case, this is a feasible answer. –  fredley Mar 21 at 15:48
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@fredley Oh you! Tsk! –  FEichinger Mar 21 at 16:52

From the site:

When two tiles touch, that’s Numberwang!

However, since the proclamation does not happen on every turn, best guess is it, like everything else in that game, is random.

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"That's" Numberwang" in all winning scenarios that are not Wangernum

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If you watch the show "That Mitchell and Webb Look", where this game originates from - you'll see that there is an alternate game mode called Wangernum - in which the winning state is, "Wangernum". Therefore all winning state that are not Wangernum - must be Numberwang –  RobD Mar 22 at 20:24

Numberwang is a satitical game show based on "That Mitchell and Webb show". The joke is that like Mornington crescent there are no consistant or logical rules that can be relied on. That's Numberwang Crescent and I win again.

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