Over dinner with SilentSpeaker last night, I realized something.
It's one of those lessons that keeps on coming back to me - this time as I was showing off the Artist's work hanging in my apartment:
The answer to everything is patience.
Patience is developed over time.
Time is infinite (¥).
So given the mathematical proof, by simplification,
Everything = Patience = Time = ¥
Life + Universe + Everything = 42
A + B + ¥ = 42; A & B become moot.
. : ¥ = 42
Still doesn't help with the question - but it's a start.
(This coming from the gal who wrote an essay for their college Vector Calc exam - I cannot vouch for the mathematical precision of the proof, yet I believe the logic is at least sound.)