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Make 1-100 using 2 0 2 2

You may use the following: Addition [e.g. 2+2] Subtraction [e.g. 2-2] Multiplication [e.g. 2x2] Division [e.g. 2/2] Decimal point [e.g. 2+.2] Exponents [e.g. 22] {tetration is NOT allowed} Square ...
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Largest pair of consecutive numbers, not greater than a million, that can be expressed with four fours [closed]

What is the largest pair of consecutive numbers, not greater than a million, each of which can be expressed using precisely four fours and an assortment of standard operators (including concatenation, ...
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Most consecutive positive integers using two 1s

Using two 1s, try to come up with the most consecutive positive integers. Allowed operations: Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Concatenation Square Root Radical Factorial Floor and ...
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Make 93 using 2, 0, 2, 2 and a least powerful set of operations [closed]

Use some mathematical operations to make an expression equal 93. You must use each one of the digits 2, 0, 2, 2 exactly once, and no other digits. To score the solutions, your set of operations used ...
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Make numbers 1-100 using only the digits 2, 0, 0, 0?

How can you make the numbers 1-100 using only the digits 2, 0, 0, 0? I've already found several, the ones I mostly need are 13, 26, 34-40, and 64-85, but I figure it would be interesting to have a ...
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Palindromic number puzzle - make 505 from 20202

Can you assemble a formula using the numbers $2$, $0$, $2$, $0$, and $2$ in any order so that the results equals $505$. You may use the operations $x + y$, $x - y$, $x \times y$, $x \div y$, $x!$, $\...
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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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This puzzle's value is 334

The 28th of october is valued by 40. This sentence is valued by 17. This paragraph is valued by 143. This puzzle is valued by 334. Can you give the value of Puzzling StackExchange?
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Four π's to make any integer

This is like the "four four's" puzzle. The challenge is to represent any integer using $\pi$,$\pi$,$\pi$,$\pi$ (uses $\pi$ exactly $4$ times). You can use common functions on a calculator: Normal ...
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Making π from 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

There have been two other questions here and here that are similar to this one, but this changes the rules up a little. Your job is to approximate $\pi$ using the sequence of digits (in order): 1 2 3 ...
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How to get 32 by using +1 , +1 , ×3 , ×3 , ÷2 , ÷2, ^2, ^2?

How to get 32 by using +1,+1,×3,×3,÷2,÷2,^2,^2? (The last two operators are 'squaring'.)
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Find three ways of forming the number 100 using 3,3,5,7

As it says in the title. Rules: anything not explicitly allowed is forbidden. use 3, 3, 5, 7 and multiplication, division, sum, difference, unary minus, and exponentiation in any order. Parentheses ...
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Calculation - the hard way

This is a puzzle I love to play with my math students and I hope you will enjoy it too: You are given the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 exactly once. Your target is a number, e.g. 36. Can you create a ...
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A challenge to make 1 - 100 [closed]

So this challenge is you have (don't have to) make the numbers 1 - 100 by using the numbers 1, 3, 4, 6 only once. I'm stuck on how to make 54. Can anyone help me? P. S. You can use +, -, ÷, x, ! And ...
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How to open the lock from this safe?

The puzzle is as follows: The figure from below shows a lock mechanism used to store sensitive data microfilms from a certain lab. This mechanism is magnetic and consists in numbered buttons which ...
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Alternating numbers

Alternating numbers are numbers in which all digits alternate between even and odd. For example: 2703 and 7230 are alternating numbers, but 2730 isn't. Numbers are very alternating when double the ...
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How do I make numbers 50-100 using only the numbers 2, 0, 1, 9?

Rules Use ALL the digits in the year $2019$ (you may not use any other numbers except $2, 0, 1, 9$) to write mathematical expressions that give results for the numbers 50 to 100. You may use the ...
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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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A Triad of Pies

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 1998 using the least possible digits 8

Make the number 1998 using the minimum amount of digits 8. Your allowed operations are +, -, *, /, ^, % (percent). You need not use only integers 8: 88 and the likes are acceptable. You must only ...
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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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Add operators to make the equation correct, and give 3 ways to do so

I'm trying to solve this puzzle: Add operators to make the following equation correct: 4 4 4 4 = 2. Give 3 ways to do so. You are allowed to use brackets if necessary, but no rearranging of numbers ...
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Make expressions equal to 4 using exactly three 7s

Use exactly three 7s in every expression and no other digits/numbers. Choose from among addition, subtraction, division, and/or multiplication operations. You may use parentheses, brackets, and/or ...
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A truly amazing way of making the number 2016

Find a mathematical expression that yields the value $2016$ while obeying the following rules: Each of the digits $1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9$ is used exactly once Decimal points are allowed You may use ...
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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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Is there a more specific name for this type of arithmetic puzzle?

There are arithmetic puzzles with some numbers (typically four) and rules for combining them (perhaps just the four basic arithmetic operators or including things like combining digits 2 and 3 to make ...
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Write twenty-four from four numbers

Write 24 using the four numbers 1, 3, 4, 6 and basic arithmetic. Explanations: The given are numbers, not digits, so you can't group them using decimal notation. For example, you can't create the ...
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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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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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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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Constant puzzle

A constant is hiding behind this puzzle, can you tell which? 4 $\rightarrow$ 2 $\rightarrow$ 1 $\rightarrow$ 1 $\rightarrow$ 1 $\rightarrow$ $\dots$ ? $\rightarrow$ ? $\rightarrow$ ? $\rightarrow$ $\...
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Using the number 8 6 4 2 = either 19 or 17 [closed]

The numbers can only be used once. You can use any operator from BEDMAS.
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Using the numbers 8642 = 9 [closed]

Using any calculation in BEDMAS use the numbers 8645 = 9 Numbers can only be repeated once.
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Create all numbers from 0-100 only using all of 1,2,3,4 and 5

Create all numbers from 0-100 only using 1,2,3,4 and 5. No repeats and you have to use each number. Also, you can use any operation. I've only gotten to 50 by pure brute force. I think that this might ...
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Even and primes puzzle?

this is secret numbers that increase regularly, what is the order? If you like numbers, it will be fun. $2^3 \times224299$ $2^2 \times 3^2 \times 19 \times 3557$ $2 \times 5 \times 320647$ $2 \times ...
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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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Four fours to get $\pi$

Four fours is a famous puzzle (made trivial with logarithms). For this puzzle, we take inspiration from Glen O's challenge from a few years back. The rules here are slightly different, but the goal is ...
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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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Make 28 with the numbers 2020

Try to make 28 from the numbers 2020. Allowed operations: +, -, x, ÷, ! (factorial), exponentiation, square root, squaring, parentheses.
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From the information given below- prove that Z = 4561

If- ONE * THREE * FIVE = 225 NINE * SEVEN + TWELVE = X 225 + X = Y 10,18,32,56,93,146,? ? + Y = Z Prove that, Z = 4561
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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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When you take away two

I am an odd number. When you take away two, I become even. What am I? Edit: @hexomino got my original answer but I have come up with another valid answer. Edit 2: @QuantumTwinkie got my other ...
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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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Combine 3, 3, 5 & 7 to get 24

Using operators plus, minus, multiplied by and divide by, and as many brackets as you want, can you do a formula which uses 3, 3, 5 and 7 to make 24? Each number must be used and can only be used ...
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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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