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Questions tagged [arithmetic]

For puzzles involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

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The mother of all age-of-the-captain riddles

A few days ago, as I was delving into the mess in my grand parents' attic, I found an impressive ancient book that was written in a language that I had never seen before. "This book is a collection ...
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XOR - Is it possible to get a, b, c from a⊕b, b⊕c, a⊕c?

Just got a simple question from a friend; still thinking. Let's share it! Is it possible to get a, b, c when you have a⊕b, b⊕c, a⊕c ? where ⊕ is the boolean ...
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Self-referential Sudoku

I built this a while back but never had a good forum for it; this seems like the perfect spot to turn it loose. This is a 'traditional' Sudoku; cells are filled with numbers from 1 through 9, and all ...
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Find average age without revealing your age

Ana, Barbara, Carol and Diana want to know their average age. But no lady wants to disclose her age. They decide a strategy and use a calculator (one that doesn't store steps) and tapped some keys ...
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Display a number using a scientific calculator with most keys are stuck

Your have a scientific calculator such that most of the keys are unable to be pressed. The only keys that work are those for the functions $$ x^2 \;\; \sqrt{x} \;\; x!\;\; \exp\;\; \ln\;...
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Sum other numbers

Begin with a flagrantly erroneous summation and a woefully vacant substitution table. 234 + 5 Digit 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ------- ...
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A moderate visual number puzzle

In the following diagram, each red dot represents a positive number. The dot-numbers on each of the five circles spell out either a word (each dot corresponding to a letter) or a number (each dot ...
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The 10,958 Problem

Here is the task: Write down 10958 using all 1-9 digits in ascending order and only one time. You are allowed to: 1) group digits into numbers 2) use 5 basic operations: + - * / ^ ("^" ...
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A Tour Around a Triangle

Place the 18 even integers between 2 and 36 in the empty nodes of this triangular graph in such a way that if a path is drawn by coloring in red all the edges joining any two nodes whose numbers add ...
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Honeydripping around the clock

      What path could a honeybee follow, beginning and ending at top center, visiting every empty cell exactly once and dripping 2 drops of honey into the last cell? Start ...
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Where is Jimmy's father? [duplicate]

(It's an old soviet math problem, no tricks or anything here) Jimmy is 21 years younger than his mother. Six years from now, Jimmy's mother will be five times as old as Jimmy. Where is Jimmy's ...
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Consecutive integers around a circle

Find a block of positive consecutive integers that can be placed around a circle in some order so that any two adjacent numbers always have a common divisor greater than 1.
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Primes less than 100 in a 4 x 4 board

Place one of the digits (0 to 9) in each of the cells of a 4 x 4 board so that as many as possible of the 25 primes less than 100 divide at least one of 10 positive 4-digit numbers that can be read ...
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A partition of 1000 into nine parts

The sum of nine whole numbers is 1000. If those numbers are placed on the vertices of this graph, two of them will be joined by an edge if and only if they have a common divisor greater than 1 (i.e. ...
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A partition of 100 into nine parts

The sum of $9$ positive natural numbers, not necessarily distinct, is $100$. If placed appropriately on the vertices of the following graph, two of them will be joined by an edge if and only if they ...
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Buttons on an old non-scientific calculator are less sensitive

All 5 numbers are entered in an ascending order. These numbers are in an arithmetic progression. The value of the fifth number, i.e. the largest number, is less than 99. While adding these ...
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Why you shouldn't buy cheap puzzle books

Backstory contains important information, but nothing hidden. Also, tl;dr parts are bolded, but I can't guarantee I didn't forget bolding some part. Recently there's been a grid-deduction craze here ...
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Yet another matchstick puzzle

Inspired by this post, here there is my attempt at a matches' puzzle. The expression 1 = 850 - 9 - 6 is obviously wrong: move exactly three matches to obtain a correct expression. Rules are: This ...
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My five daughters

The sum of the ages of my five daughters is 43. The ages of any two of them have a common factor greater than 1. How old are my daughters?
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My Three Children

The sum of the ages of my three children is 40. Though the ages of my two daughters are relatively prime (i. e. they have no common divisor), the age of each of them does have a common divisor greater ...
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My Social Security Card Number

I have forgotten my social security card number. All I remember is that it is the largest integer with the property that the block of any two of its digits that are adjacent is either a two-digit ...
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Labelling a Snow Flake Graph to Attain Minimum Sum

Label the vertices (or nodes) of this graph with positive integers so that any two nodes are joined by a edge (or line) if and only if the corresponding integers have a common divisor greater than 1 (...
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The Mxied Atdiiodn

It has been swohn that to raed a txet the oedrr in which the lrtetes of each idniaduvl word aepapr is not ipmotanrt, so lnog as the fsrit and lsat ltetres are the correct oens. This is not the case ...
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Poring Over the Numbers: A Hidden Message

I thank my lucky stars I'm able to write this to you. I spent a hefty percentage of my remaining cash at the courier's office and I want to underscore the importance of this communique. If a man comes ...
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KenKen Zen: A journey begins

Let us shy away from the materialistic opulence of 361- cell KenKen layouts (−9 to +9, squared).  Let us contemplate a modest KenKen journey, unburdened by gratuitously ...
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Longest arithmetic expression where the answer is equal to the number of letters

You can use any mathematical operations represented by English words. These English words must be found in a commonly used dictionary. Spaces are neither letters nor words. You can not use the same ...
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Four Marathon Runners

Four marathon runners, each identified with a positive whole number, sit around a table. Each of them notices that their own number has a common divisor with the number of the runner sitting on his ...
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Divisible Dates

The day of the month, and the month of the year, often simultaneously divide the year. Most recently it happened on January 3, 2019 because both 1 (January) and 3 divide 2019. In our era, since 1/1/...
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Primes in a Diamond

Label the vertices of this graph with numbers 1 to 16 in such a way that the edges between any two vertices whose sum and absolute difference are both primes are precisely the edges of a hamiltonian ...
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Zero, One, Two, Three, etc

Find a solution to the following system of simultaneous equations. All letters stand for integers (positive, zero, or negative), and different letters are different integers. The preferred solution ...
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The Vacuumed Quotes

A colleague of mine likes to put his favorite quotes up on the fridge using those little magnetic letters. This morning the cleaner came and accidentally vacuumed up all the letters. We were able to ...
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How to fill a honeymoon

        How can a honeybee visit all cells exactly once in this crescent shaped honeycomb, beginning at the bottom tip and ending at the top? The starting cell, at ...
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The oldest wins the prize, but they won't tell their age

I'm trying to design a problem that should be as close as possible to the following setup, while meeting some requirements about its solutions. Initial setup There is a group of more than 2 people ...
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A unique partition of 200 into 6 parts

The sum of six positive integers is 200. If placed appropriately on the vertices of this graph, two of them will be joined by an edge if, and only if, they are not relatively prime, that is, if they ...
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Sum self enumerated digits

Please fill in the entire summations for lines 4 through 9 and just the total for line 1,000,000.         1.     1   =   1   ...
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Products or sums

Arrange the integers between 1 to 20 on twenty of the cells of this board, precisely two on each row and each column. The sum or product of the two numbers in each row must be the number on its right, ...
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H-one-one-oneycomb

        What path could a honeybee follow to fill all cells with honey, beginning and ending at the center and visiting every cell exactly once? At first the only ...
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Four Magic Ellipses

These four ellipses represent four sets and all the possible ways they can intersect (a Venn diagram, in other words). There are 8 regions inside each ellipse, and 15 regions altogether. Is it ...
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My forgotten PIN

I´ve forgotten my PIN, a four-digit number. All I remember is that it is a perfect square, and that it has at least one digit in common with every other four-digit square number. What is it?
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Little Red Solving Hood goes one-stop swapping

Moral of the story:   Two stored values may be swapped arithmetically with 4 or fewer variable references. Puzzle of the story:   Can you exemplify the moral?   (With 10 or ...
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A Tetrad Puzzle: Find The Key

I made this to test some ideas for a game I'm developing. Feedback would be appreciated. What is the key?
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Gaby and Jack's Number Guessing Game

Gaby, a good mathematician, thinks of a whole number between 1 and 100 inclusive. What is the least number of questions Jack needs to ask her, and what questions should those be, if he is to work out ...
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Primes and Squares

Place a different prime or square number on each of the fifteen disks below so that the number in any disk that lies on two others is the sum of the numbers in those disks. Do so in such a way that ...
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Videogame salesmen

Two gamers sell their collection of XBOX games. They've got as many Euros as there were games in the collection originally for each game. They split the money by having the first gamer take 10 Euros ...
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Aiming for the 24

6 1 3 4 = ?? Using four basic math signs (+, -, *, /) and brackets, for instance: 6 * (1 + 3) - 4 = 20 6 * 1 * 3 + 4 = 22 6 + 13 + 4 = 23 (6 + 1)* 3 + 4 = 25 61 - 34 = 27 Try ...
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My Sister's Six Children

My sister has six children whose ages add up to 40. The ages of any two of her three boys have a common divisor greater than 1, and so do the ages of any two of the ages of her three girls. However, ...
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Difficult sequence

Here I go : $3 + 5 + 6 = 15 \ 18 \ 72$ $5+ 5 + 6 = 25 \ 30 \ 94$ $5 + 6 + 7 = 30 \ 35 \ 85$ $5 + 5 + 3 = 25 \ 15 \ 73$ $9 + 4 + 7 = 36 \ 63 \ ? $ Replace ? with appropriate number
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Ages of A and B (self-reference in past)

A says to B My age is twice of what your age was when I was of your age. B says to A If you add your current age to twice of your age when I was born, the answer is $63$. Assuming they both ...
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Find the age of the ship and of the boiler

Some years back I was travelling by a cargo ship from New Zealand to Tahiti. I was curious to look around the ship one day and in the boiler room I asked a man how old the ship was. He smiled and ...
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Father and Son and Grandsons

The sum of the ages of a father, his son, and his two grandsons is 181. The father´s age has a common divisor greater than 1 with the ages of each of his three descendants, but not two of the latter ...