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An "ancient" writing system for numbers was discovered:

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How would the number 75 be represented with this code? (Two symbols)

I think I made it too hard, here are some hints:

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    $\begingroup$ Is the use of graph paper and the alignment of the symbol w.r.t. the paper relevant to the question? $\endgroup$
    – Someone
    Sep 24, 2023 at 1:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Someone I would assume so; I tried using the area of each shape and putting it in as the different digits, but that doesn't seem to work. Maybe it's the length of each line (the X symbol led me to that conclusion). $\endgroup$ Sep 24, 2023 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ The problem with that is that it would be very square-rooty. $\endgroup$
    – Someone
    Sep 24, 2023 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ Can you give more examples of arithmetic equations as hints? $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 14:42

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I think 75 is

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The number system is

hexadecimal (75 = 4B), with 0 being X, F being the square, and 1 being the down-facing triangle. To get a missing digit, take the square and visually subtract the "opposite" number symbol from it. E.g. the shape below is E because 1 (the triangle) was cut out
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  • $\begingroup$ You are correct! $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2023 at 16:54

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