Warrant 2.2: Solution

The English translations with Klingon transcriptions are:

# Saying Klingon English
1 A stitch in time saves nine Sibi' wa'logh ti'lu'chugh vaj Hutlogh ti'niSlu'be' If a repair is made right away, it won't be necessary to make nine repairs.
2 The twelve days of Christmas *QISmaS wa'maH cha' jaj The twelve days of Christmas
3 Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie chabDaq cha'maH loS toQ qij luvutlu'bogh Twenty-four cooked black birds-of-prey in a pie
4 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs *peDchiS Soch nuvHom je and the seven small humanoids
5 She was just seventeen, if you know what I mean wa'maH Soch ben bogh neH, choyaj'a'? She was born just 17 years ago, do you understand me?
6 I regret that I have but one life to give for my country wo'wijvaD wa'logh jiHeghlaH neH 'e' vipay I regret that I can only die once for my empire.

Add the numbers in the translations: 9 + 12 + 24 + 7 + 17 + 1 = 70. Written out as a word, the solution is, therefore, SEVENTY

Archivist's note: The author supplied the following notes with the solution:
  1. I don't know any Klingon. A coworker of mine at Dragon systems (Mark Mandel) is a linguist who has extensive knowledge of Klingon. He translated and dictated the phrases for me. Thanks, Mark.
  2. This puzzle was a last minute replacement for another puzzle, which basically consisted of people saying these same English phrases into Dragon System's NaturallySpeaking speech recognition systems in various languages. The solver would be given the output of the speech recognizers. Unfortunately, the system uses a lot of word occurrence/co-occurrence knowledge and the results in most cases were not phonetically similar enough. Test solving bore this out. Maybe next time...
  3. An interesting response one team got from a Klingon expert.