# Questions tagged [formation-of-numbers]

For puzzles about forming numbers using other numbers and mathematical operations.

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### Not so boring numbers

This is inspired by this and this and more similar ones. Let us consider formation of a given positive integer N by the following rules You may use only one digit, which one is your choice and you ...
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### Make 38 using the least possible digits 8

This is a follow up question to this one, which was: Make the number 1998 using the minimum amount of digits 8. Your allowed operations are +, -, *, /, ^, % (percent). You need not use only integers ...
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### Make numbers 1 - 40 using digits 2, 0, 2, 1

Using only the digits in the year 2021 and basic mathematical operations (+, -, × and ÷), how many of the numbers from 1 to 40 can you make? Not all of the numbers are possible! You may use each digit ...
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Make the 41 integers between -20 and 20 (-20, -19, ..., 0, 1, ...20) using only the four basic arithmetical operations, square root, the floor function, and, Surprise Surprise, exactly 3 π’s. No more ...
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### Make numbers from 1-10 with 5 3s

In this puzzle book, I came across a question that goes like this: Make the numbers from 1-10 using 5 3s. Rules: You are only allowed to use the four basic arithmetic operators ($+, -, \times, \div$...
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### Form a magic square with assorted numbers

Arrange the following numbers in a way such that all rows, columns and the diagonals add up to the same number. ...
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### Use only πs to get e

I am taking this puzzle from inspiration from the Four Fours to get Pi puzzle. The puzzle rules are just slightly different. Here are the rules: You are trying to get as close to e as possible with ...
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### Numbers side by side

Ok, so here's a little puzzle I got. I have five different numbers. They all have different amount of digits. If you place them side by side you see the number 32767 How is this even possible!? ...
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### Sum of digits of sum of digits of sum of digits

The following question was asked in a competitive exam for which I am preparing and I was unable to solve it (in fact I am completely clueless about it). So, I am asking for help here. Given a number ...
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### Express numbers 1 - 100 using only 1, 2, 3, 4

The least number that cannot be written using the numbers 1, 2, and 3, each exactly once, and any combination of standard arithmetic operations (including factorials) is 41. What is the least such ...
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### 876925431=2016 Use the four basic operators

Use the four basic operators ×, ÷, +, − and if you want brackets to make: 8 _ 7 _ 6 _ 9 _ 2 _ 5 _ 4 _ 3 _ 1 = 2016. You can use each operator as many times as needed. Concatenation is not allowed.
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### Math Challenge: Create 8

Using only $2$, $7$, and $7$ (each one must be used only once) and only using the operations $+$, $-$, $\times$, $\div$, $\textrm{^}$, and parentheses, make 8. You can also use decimals.
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### Smallest Unattainable Target in Letters and Numbers (Countdown in the UK)

To cheer myself up during the twin problems of (1) underperforming sports team XXX and (2) lockdown in state YYY, neither of which shall be named, I am doing daily number puzzles based on the show ...
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### There are $3$ boxes with total $27$ balls. Find minimum number of steps to get to equal balls in each box

You have $3$ boxes $A, B$ and $C$. Boxes $A$ and $B$ are empty to start with and box $C$ has $27$ balls. In "$i$-th" move you make, you must transfer exactly "$i$" balls from one ...
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### Can you find the number?

There's a number with the following characteristics: The hundreds digit plus the units digit minus the tens digit equals 8. 3 times the hundreds digit plus 2 times the tens digit minus the units ...
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### too easy puzzle? Try it first!

Arrange the numbers $1$ to $9$ to replace letters $A$ to $I$ so: $(A+B+C+D)-(E+F+G+H) = I$ Too easy? Too many answers? Try it first! Then explain why.
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### Formula One (?) Hard Puzzle

On a website I use to go, one of the writers gave this hard puzzle: What are the meaning of those numbers given they are not Norwegian coordinates. 60.6604211,10.7210713 I have no clue how to solve ...
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### Find the missing numbers in these flowers

Can you figure out the pattern and solve for the three missing numbers? All petals and centers each contain a single digit. There is a unique solution for each missing number. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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### 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 0 and 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 0

There are many number sequence puzzles on this site. I acknowledge them all. Martin Gardner introduced the puzzle with the 9 digit sequence with math operations, reaching 100 as below An old ...
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### Emoji primes - what's the smallest positive integer this doesn't work for?

Driven by a silly conversation at work, here's the puzzle. Slack allows users to send emoji as a reaction to a message. Emoji are listed left to right in chronological order of reaction, and 'stacks' ...