In episode 12 of season 6, Monk guesses that most of the product of the theft is still in the bank, in one of the boxes in the vault. So far, so good, I could follow his reasoning.

But I did not understand how he guesses the exact number of the box. What is his reasoning on this precise point ?

A posteriori, when checking the card of that box in the files, the phony name it is registered to, namely J. A. Guar, confirms his guess.

But he checked only that particular card, he did not have to go through all the files. How come?

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As Monk says, Crawley said that he had half a box full of jewellery to pawn and that "half a box" is an unusual phrase in this context.

Then Monk says that he remembers that there were only 6 extra large boxes in the vault and only 5 were opened and that one was not the last one in sequence but was in the middle.

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    OK !!!! I understand now what I did not understand. First, I watched it in french translation. Second I am rather hard of hearing. Third, I don't have as much flair for detail as Monk. In french, 6 is "six" and 10 is "dix",with "x" sounded as "s", "z" or mute depending on context but with the same rules fo 6 and 10. And I did not have time to see all the boxes. Since most of the smaller boxes had not been opened, I understood "dix" instead of "six" and wondered how Monk could tell which of the 5 non-opened boxes was the correct one...
    – Alfred
    Jan 24, 2022 at 16:46
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    (Pronounced "siss" and "diss", not "sicks" and "dicks")
    – ikegami
    Jan 24, 2022 at 18:19
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    "Siss" and "diss", if not immediately followed by the name of the object, ,or "sees" and "dees" if immediately followed by the name the objects, beginning by a by vowel; or mute if immediately followed by the name the objects, beginning by a by consonant ? "J'ai mangé "seez" abricots et "dee" pommes. " "Donc tu as mangé "siss" de chaque" (I ate 6 apricots and 6 apples. So you ate 6 of each!) But indeed never sicks nor errr... emmmm.... deeks.
    – Alfred
    Jan 24, 2022 at 19:23
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    @Alfred There's also very likely closed captioning. Jan 25, 2022 at 7:47
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    No one has as much flair for detail as Monk. That's his superpower.
    – Barmar
    Jan 25, 2022 at 15:27

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