# Use 0, 5, 7 and 1 to make 89

Assemble a formula using the numbers $$5$$, $$0$$, $$1$$, and $$7$$ in any order to make 89. You may use the operations $$x + y$$, $$x - y$$, $$x \times y$$, $$x \div y$$, $$x!$$, $$\sqrt{x}$$, $$\sqrt[\leftroot{-2}\uproot{2}x]{y}$$ and $$x^y$$, as long as all operands are either $$7$$, $$0$$, $$1$$, or $$5$$. Operands may of course also be derived from calculations e.g. $$10+(7*5)$$. You may also use brackets to clarify order of operations, and you may concatenate two or more of the four digits you start with (such as $$7$$ and $$5$$ to make the number $$75$$) if you wish. You may only use each of the starting digits once and you must use all four of them. I'm afraid that concatenation of numbers from calculations is not permitted, but answers with concatenations which get $$89$$ will get plus one from me.

Double, triple, etc. factorials (n-druple-factorials), such as $$5!! = 5 \times 3 \times 1$$ are not allowed, but factorials of factorials are fine, such as $$((5-1)!)! = 24!$$. I will upvote answers with double, triple and n-druple-factorials which get $$89$$, but will not mark them as correct.

• Just to be clear: it isn't valid to make 68 and then rotate the number, right? Sep 29, 2018 at 22:10
• @Racso - I love a solution like that and would upvote the answer if you post it, but I'm afraid that it is not the solution
– tom
Sep 29, 2018 at 22:53
• So just to be clear here, all operands have to be the single-digit numbers 0, 1, 5, or 7? Or is combining digits to form multi-digit numbers allowed? Sep 30, 2018 at 2:16
• "and you may concatenate two or more of the four digits you start with (such as 7 and 5 to make the number 75) if you wish" Sep 30, 2018 at 3:03
• Can we use negative signs? Sep 30, 2018 at 6:51

$$(5-0!)\times17=68$$

then

up side down it is $$89$$.

$$\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{5!+1}!}{7!}+0!}$$

How did I find?

First of all, I believed that the actual result I am looking for should be $$89^2=7921$$ and since we have 0 and 1 in our hands, I suspected that it should be just around +1 -1 from $$89^2$$ and noticed that $$7920$$ has lots of divisors and we have factorial option too. I noticed that $$7921-1=11\times10\times9\times8=\frac{11!}{7!}$$, so we have $$7!$$ to eliminate after $$8$$ but we need to find 11 with 5 and 0, or 5 and 1. Then 5! is $$120$$, which is just 1 value away from $$11^2$$ and the rest was easy and quick.

• Great job :-) well done
– tom
Sep 30, 2018 at 11:50
• I don't see the usefulness of these challenges, as it is kind of trivial to write a software that can bruteforce the answer Sep 30, 2018 at 17:41
• @StefanS you may not able to write a code to find the answer with many operation options, it could take forever or long enough to cancel the run, otherwise everbody would find it in an instant.
– Oray
Sep 30, 2018 at 17:44
• Totally agree, but these are challenges, that have a certain degree of complexity. Sep 30, 2018 at 17:45

Using double factorial, but no concatenation:

$$5!!\times(7-1)-0!$$

• nice double factorial answer -- plus one
– tom
Sep 29, 2018 at 20:59

Something very close (an error of .61) is

$$\sqrt\frac{5^7}{10} = 88.3883$$

• Amazing that answer gets so close - plus one
– tom
Sep 30, 2018 at 10:06

Here's a lateral thinking attempt-

$$17\times5+0!=86$$ flip the $$6$$ to make a $$9$$ and we get $$89$$

• Nice answer +1, but sorry not the solution
– tom
Sep 30, 2018 at 10:05

$$7!!-15-0!=89$$

I'll try to get the real answer too.

• Nice answer with double factorials .. plus one...
– tom
Sep 29, 2018 at 20:35

I believe

$$71- (\sqrt{5-0!})$$

is 69.

Yay.

EDIT

Oops, I misread it. I'll keep working on it. 5! is only 31 more than 89. The answer is tantalizingly close.

Hey, can we use any of the round, floor, ceiling, or truncate functions?

• Where is the zero? Don't forget to include 0!. Sep 29, 2018 at 20:00
• The answer is supposed to be 89. This makes 69. Sep 29, 2018 at 20:00
• oops, i fixed it.
– Alto
Sep 29, 2018 at 20:01
• I am sorry, I am too naive to understand why a wrong answer gets upvotes. It should be a fun comment. Sep 29, 2018 at 20:04
• @tom So is this correct? Sep 29, 2018 at 23:01

I have something close, with an error of $$0.006$$.

$$\sqrt{\sqrt{(5! + 0!)} \times (7 - 1)!} = \sqrt{11 \times 6!} = 88.994$$

It is close but not close enough. A correct answer was given following similar lines, so I have posted as far as I got.

• Very close, plus one
– tom
Sep 30, 2018 at 11:51

My attempt

If we are allowed to use fibonacci. $$f(7 + 5 +(1-0!))$$

• Square isn’t a valid operator. Sep 30, 2018 at 0:50
• Sorry my mistake Sep 30, 2018 at 0:56
• (You should delete this before it gathers downvotes, since it’s not a valid answer) Sep 30, 2018 at 1:09
• 'Another attempt' looks pretty ingenious, but as suspected the fibonacci is not allowed... and I also suggest you might delete the first attempt
– tom
Sep 30, 2018 at 10:08

I use APL, in 8 chars... Need to attach a .jpg. First char is "ceiling" (round up), and the "*" is exponent.

( "ceiling" 71 ** .05 ) 89 The sAPL interpreter can be downloaded for free (no adverts or tracking) from Google Play Store, and you can check the answer on any Android phone. Look for "GEMESYS" or "sAPL".

APL is great. :)

• Oops! I just read the rules of the puzzle, and I think the use of the ceiling operator does not qualify. Mea culpa! Sorry! :) Oct 1, 2018 at 23:51
• very late upvote for a nice answer
– tom
Apr 23, 2021 at 22:30