Friday, March 07, 2008

Can you turn 2008 into 97?

Come on all you genius puzzlers... I'm sure you can solve the on-going challenge from last week.

In case you missed it, here is the link:
Use the digits in 2008 to form an expresion that will equal 97


  1. Let's try this:


    8 squared raised to the power of 1.1

  2. I'll give you points for creativity. So far you are the closest, though that really comes out to something like 97.0058603. Plus, I don't know that I would consider a decimal point as an operator.

  3. This problem has been driving me up the wall!

  4. Darn!! I put the extra set of parentheses in for clarity - too many punctuation marks can cause confusion. I thought coming within .005 would be good enough, you can't even round it up to the tenths slot!!

  5. I have to wave the white flag. I gave it my best shot and came within .005, which is definitely close enough for horse shoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.
    Sir Blaine?? An honorable surrender??

  6. As I said, I give Don kudos for his creative answer. Percentage-wise the results of 64^1.1 and 97 are really close.

    For anyone that has given up, the answer is now posted in the comments of the original post.