tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post1586085241195700970..comments2018-05-24T20:15:06.804-07:00Comments on Blaine's Puzzle Blog: NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan. 3, 2010): It All Adds Up to a New YearBlainehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comBlogger36125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-64548342881064425362011-05-19T16:57:52.403-07:002011-05-19T16:57:52.403-07:00Fixing the link to my spreadsheet:
2010 Expression...Fixing the link to my spreadsheet:<br /><a href="http://home.astound.net/~puzzleblog/2010Expressions.htm" rel="nofollow">2010 Expressions</a>Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-5816597848508105792010-01-14T05:17:29.092-08:002010-01-14T05:17:29.092-08:00John, if you mean the 1/10 puzzle, I'll give o...John, if you mean the 1/10 puzzle, I'll give out the answer after the Thu 3pm ET deadline. Check the other post...Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-60280518079132287232010-01-14T01:09:02.522-08:002010-01-14T01:09:02.522-08:00Can someone email me the answer becuase i give up ...Can someone email me the answer becuase i give up and i really want to know lol<br />JohnCHS11@aol.comJohnCHS11http://openid.aol.com/JohnCHS11noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-40769281242424274842010-01-11T06:32:33.238-08:002010-01-11T06:32:33.238-08:00Tinyc Tim,
Check the other thread for more clues o...Tinyc Tim,<br />Check the other thread for more clues on the 1/10/2010 puzzle. There are (7+3)!/3! ways (604,800 ways) to arrange 7 distinct items and 3 similar items. So if you want to brute force all the arrangements, you still have a few more combinations to generate and then review.Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-69156900369407390422010-01-11T01:14:10.067-08:002010-01-11T01:14:10.067-08:00I wrote a program to generate 1000 scrambled arran...I wrote a program to generate 1000 scrambled arrangements of the 7 letters, 3 spaces and hyphen in hopes I'd see some pattern that helped me find the answer. <br /><br /><a href="http://primepuzzle.com/tc/MFILE.TXT" rel="nofollow">http://primepuzzle.com/tc/MFILE.TXT</a> <br /><br /><a href="http://primepuzzle.com/tc/bananag.tc" rel="nofollow">http://primepuzzle.com/tc/bananag.tc</a> <br /><br />So far, I'm still pretty much clueless.<br /> Tinyc Timhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01754672611765154678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-25129278171341383432010-01-10T07:16:48.132-08:002010-01-10T07:16:48.132-08:00The new week puzzle is up. Think of a familiar 10...The new week puzzle is up. Think of a familiar 10-letter hyphenated word that uses all seven letters of the alphabet from "F" to "L" plus three other letters of your choosing. What word is it? It's a word everyone knows, and it's in some dictionaries. <br />Will has got to be kidding with this one. It wasn't in ANY dictionary I own.phredphttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01693838112369650021noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-82799168011553264952010-01-09T09:46:59.002-08:002010-01-09T09:46:59.002-08:00Blaine, How about 0 to 9?
0!*1+2345*6/7+8-9
Subm...Blaine, How about 0 to 9?<br /><br />0!*1+2345*6/7+8-9<br /><br />Submitting the above modification to the puzzle's answer as a Google search returns a nicely parsed<br /><br />((0 !) * 1) + ((2 345 * 6) / 7) + 8 - 9 = 2 010hughhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16914509834442545746noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-27392313650049507962010-01-08T16:34:57.335-08:002010-01-08T16:34:57.335-08:00I used an Excel spreadsheet to generate the variou...I used an Excel spreadsheet to generate the various expressions, then a macro to evaluate them:<br /><a href="http://home.astound.net/puzzleblog/2010Expressions.htm" rel="nofollow">2010 Expressions</a>Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-30324027817812697312010-01-08T14:23:07.859-08:002010-01-08T14:23:07.859-08:00Blaine -
My program uses "integer arithmetic...Blaine -<br /><br />My program uses "integer arithmetic" (drops all fractional parts when dividing). I've modified it to display results only when there are no remainders when dividing. If you visit <br /><br /><a href="http://primepuzzle.com/tc/npr.html" rel="nofollow">http://primepuzzle.com/tc/npr.html</a> <br /><br />it will have better output. Thanks for getting back.<br /> Tinyc Timhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01754672611765154678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-53153675822283538022010-01-08T10:29:38.859-08:002010-01-08T10:29:38.859-08:00Thanks for playing Ken's Puzzle #2: A Night at...Thanks for playing Ken's Puzzle #2: A Night at the Opera. Other Ben proved to be the primo uomo of solvers. His response was very quick ... prompter than I expected. This almost caused him to be a self-promoter.Kenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05882757881891590225noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-76934512319160528712010-01-08T08:05:17.793-08:002010-01-08T08:05:17.793-08:00Here's a similar challenge with the digits 1 t...Here's a similar challenge with the digits 1 to 9, but with any number of symbols:<br /><a href="http://www.thesamet.com/2010.txt" rel="nofollow">2010 Expressions</a>Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-33329889371867061202010-01-08T07:56:57.380-08:002010-01-08T07:56:57.380-08:00Tinyc Tim, some of your answers require rounding b...Tinyc Tim, some of your answers require rounding but we got some of the same answers. I used a spreadsheet and came up with 69 positive integers. As Lorenzo noted, you can get a few more answers if you use a negation sign in front, like -23+4567<br /><br />Ben, I think your definition of () as a single symbol might be considered too "creative", but that does indeed come out to 2010. Is that what you submitted?Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-88334817585782393222010-01-08T07:39:55.881-08:002010-01-08T07:39:55.881-08:00Depending on whether you think of ( ) as a single ...Depending on whether you think of ( ) as a single mathematical symbol or as two of them, here is an alternate answer. Opinions?<br /><br />2/3(45)67 = 2010<br /><br />-- Other BenBenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00600537639204656778noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-71407721139584783212010-01-07T17:08:19.419-08:002010-01-07T17:08:19.419-08:00Here's a link to my solution to the problem. I...Here's a link to my solution to the problem. It includes all solutions for years 1 thru 3000 and a link to the computer program I wrote in tiny-c.<br /><br /><a href="http://primepuzzle.com/tc/npr.html" rel="nofollow">http://primepuzzle.com/tc/npr.html</a>Tinyc Timhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01754672611765154678noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-79754828353629493812010-01-07T11:58:19.009-08:002010-01-07T11:58:19.009-08:00Here are the answers to the numbers I posed:
23+45...Here are the answers to the numbers I posed:<br />23+45-67 = 1<br />2x345-67 = 623<br />23x45+67 = 1102<br />234x5-67 = 1103<br />23+4x567 = 2291<br />2+3+4567 = 4572<br />2x3+4567 = 4573Blainehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06379274325110866036noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-40480156835335623222010-01-07T11:49:55.630-08:002010-01-07T11:49:55.630-08:00My answer to the two opera company jobs are prompt...My answer to the two opera company jobs are prompter and promoter.<br /><br />The answer to my 2345567 question is 2345 – 5 x 67.<br /><br />ChuckChuckhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13956539217339532507noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-61845867011263282152010-01-05T07:34:21.053-08:002010-01-05T07:34:21.053-08:00Ken –
The two jobs I came up with could apply to ...Ken –<br /><br />The two jobs I came up with could apply to any professional stage production – a play, a musical, etc. They’re not specifically related to an opera. I’ll be happy to post them if you’d like to see...<br /><br />ChuckChuckhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13956539217339532507noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-27877765923275191312010-01-04T14:35:03.741-08:002010-01-04T14:35:03.741-08:00Ken, I got it too, but I don't want to shout o...Ken, I got it too, but I don't want to shout out the answer to the public.Davehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14359746462038374457noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-19030495644114199682010-01-04T10:11:45.402-08:002010-01-04T10:11:45.402-08:00Hey Other Ben,
Great job, and I like your clues.Hey Other Ben,<br />Great job, and I like your clues.Kenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05882757881891590225noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-20229653862107182352010-01-04T09:55:55.096-08:002010-01-04T09:55:55.096-08:00Ken, I got it! Quite quickly, I might add. (Sorry...Ken, I got it! Quite quickly, I might add. (Sorry to all if that sounds self-aggrandizing.) <br /><br />I won't post the answer yet in case others want to play. I've clued it, though. Fun puzzle!<br /><br />-- Other BenBenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00600537639204656778noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-21566929676874680482010-01-04T09:43:33.605-08:002010-01-04T09:43:33.605-08:00For those who don't want the extra credit math...For those who don't want the extra credit math puzzles, here is Ken's Puzzle #2: A Night at the Opera<br /><br />Name a job in an opera company (8 letters long). Change the 5th letter to the letter before it in the alphabet. You get another job in an opera company. What are the two jobs?Kenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05882757881891590225noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-40209973147696228452010-01-04T01:48:37.693-08:002010-01-04T01:48:37.693-08:00I wrote a program for this in VBA for Excel.
Is th...I wrote a program for this in VBA for Excel.<br />Is that cheating? For me, that's usually the fun I get out of solving many puzzles. I did spend about 20 minutes off and on guessing, then 20 minutes writing the program to solve.<br />Thanks, Blaine for a great blog.<br />A clue for the correct answer? Call on Blaine for the info.Barnes_Durcohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17075302911008163089noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-86757958658615831022010-01-03T20:37:30.246-08:002010-01-03T20:37:30.246-08:00Blaine, some final comments:
For none of the 69 i...Blaine, some final comments:<br /><br />For none of the 69 is the first operation division.<br /><br />Some (like 2291) require attention to the hierarchy of operations.<br /><br />And some, like 45 and 535, involve a brief excursion "outside the box".Lorenzohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08116815111532628378noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-45273057931478088002010-01-03T20:18:43.036-08:002010-01-03T20:18:43.036-08:00Blaine, you're right (of course): 69 are posit...Blaine, you're right (of course): 69 are positive integers (including 2291).<br /><br />Actually, there are more if you allow the first operation to be negation with the minus sign placed before the 2.Lorenzohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08116815111532628378noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5730391.post-47706070626194452072010-01-03T19:16:23.191-08:002010-01-03T19:16:23.191-08:00All I can say is that this one came pretty easy to...All I can say is that this one came pretty easy to me. Since I was an English major in college, I'm assuming one doesn't have to be a rocket surgeon to do the math on this puzzle.Curtishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05685055278145414455noreply@blogger.com