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How many consecutive integers can you make using only four digits?

In the spirit of the classic four fours, I wonder what's the optimal set of four numbers? Your goal is to make the most consecutive integers using four digits of your choice. Pick four: $0,1,2,3,...
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Use 0 1 2 3 4 to form 9 3-digit numbers

Use $0, 1, 2, 3, 4$ to make the any of these numbers: $$331, 333, 435, 452, 455, 458, 461, 469, 470$$ You must use all $5$ digits $0, 1, 2, 3, 4$ each exactly once. You can make multi-digit ...
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How to make 21?

How do you make $21$ from the numbers $1$, $5$, $6$, and $7$? You can use the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as brackets. You must use each number exactly ...
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How to make the two important years 1492 and 1969 with a minimum number of 1s

Using only 1s, make 1492 and 1969 with the minimum number of digits Rules: allowed operations +, -, ×, ÷, ^, (), and ! (factorial). Concatenation of the original digits is allowed, but not (1+1)1=21. ...
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Make numbers 1-30 using 2, 0, 1, 9

This is very similar to the 2, 0, 1, 8 problem. Just try to make all numbers 1-30 using the digits 2, 0, 1, 9. Rules: Use all four digits exactly once Allowed operations: +, -, x, ÷, ! (factorial), ...
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How do you make 66 using three 4s

Rule: allowed operations: +, −, ×,/,^,√, and ! (factorial) example: 4^4+4!=280
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Some interesting calculation puzzle that I made

So I'm creating some kind math puzzle that goes like this: 1=-2+3 12=3*4 123=(4*5)+(6+7)*8-9+10 (thanks JS1 for finding shorter one) 1234=(5*6*7*8)-(9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+(17*18)+19+20+(-21+22)) ...
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IQ test sample patterns. Can anyone find the missing number? [closed]

I am fully hopeful that you can crack this puzzle. You need to answer with an explanation.
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Use digits 3 3 5 to make 67 or 97

Rules: All 3 digits — $3$, $3$, and $5$ — must be used once each in any order. You can concatenate these digits to create multi-digit numbers (i.e. $33$). You can use the factorial ...
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Puzzle on a blackboard [closed]

What is the missing number in the picture above?(question is from some puzzle game) I tried some approaches, but haven't found any meaningful rule..thanks in advance!
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Number 88 from the digits 2, 0, 1 and 7?

Can you use the digits 2, 0, 1 and 7 each only once to create the number 88?
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Riddle to Code 2: The return of numbers

The first is a pirates favorite letter. The second is from a famous quote of shakespear. The third is squaring it off in a famous formula. The fourth is the first in a very well known song. ...
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Use 1 9 6 2 in this order to make 75

I'm looking for a solution to make number $75$ with numbers $1$ $9$ $6$ $2$ in that order and the same rules as in Use 2 0 1 and 8 to make 67. Here a copy of those rules: You must use all 4 digits. ...
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Make 24 using exactly three 3s

Make 24 using exactly three 3s Each number formed with a 3 and the 24 in the equation are all base 10. You cannot introduce any additional digits or constants. Plus(+), negation/subtraction (-), ...
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The mysterious operation $\oplus$

We are given an operation $\oplus$ that is associative and commutative, has $0$ as a neutral element, and we know: $1/10 \oplus 1/6 = 5/29$ $1/6 \oplus 2/3 = 7/10 $ $1/5 \oplus 2/5 = 3/7 $ $1/4 \...
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Make a formula to get the highest score

In this puzzle you need to obtain the highest score with the following rules 1) choose two digits from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. These digits are represented by two letters, let us say $T$ and $M$...
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Maximum Result with Digits

You have digits from $0$ to $9$, where you need to use every digit only once, and you have only one operator (multiplication, $*$). You may combine/join digits to create a bigger number as shown below:...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. II

See Part I | See Part III Nice one, @GarethMcCaughan! Finally, you've gotten into his computer using the password you managed to decode from his clues... but there's another issue! There is a ...
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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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He said yes..she said no..they went back and forth..they agreed to [closed]

To call it a Prime. S, N, O are 3 distinct digits that are to be determined by you so that their conclusion is right Full concatenated number: SNOSNOS
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SafeCracker #3 - We've Been Blocked [closed]

Our Last Safe To Conquer Ok, team, this one might give us a little trouble. Nothing we can't handle though... let's go... This safe model is "The NevaCrak 9000" - the most secure safe there is. ...
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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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The result is 7 game

The goal of this game is to find the lowest score for the 10 equations below. 0 ? 0 ? 0 ?...
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How many consecutive positive integers can you make using exactly four instances of the digit '4'?

Starting at 1 (which is 4 - $\sqrt4$ - 4/4), how many consecutive integers can you make using exactly four instances of the digit '4'? Basic rules: Any operator symbol is "free". Any printed '4' ...
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some sequences are awesome!

My name is Awesom$\Sigma$ Sequenc$\Sigma$. Nice to meet you all :). I am new here. You can either use my first name or last name to address me. My hobbies include visiting new places. I usually ...
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A clock for 2017

Design a clock where each number from 1 to 12 is obtained as an arithmetical operation using each digit of 2017 exactly once: for example, 4 could be made as $2\times 7-10$.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 100

The sequence of numbers $1\ 2\ 3\ 4\ 5\ 6\ 7\ 8\ 9$ has the property that you can insert mathematical operators in between the numbers from $1$ to $9$ and make the expression evaluate to 100. For ...
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Construct $\sqrt{3}$ using every natural number

Construct $\sqrt{3}$ using every natural number $n\in \mathbb{N}$ (1, 2, 3, 4...) exactly once and the operations addition ($+$) and division ($\div$).
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A Number Game puzzle

Our team has created 9 math puzzles with ranging difficulty. Let me share one of them. At the beginning a number is given to you. Your objective is to get a different number by making choices. Here's ...
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How to make 18 from 1, 3, 4, 8

This question was on my sister's 5th-grade homework, practicing order of operations. It was to make 18, using the numbers 1, 3, 4, 8 and the operations +, -, and *. The instructions imply using each ...
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For what x can we solve $1,2,3,x=5$

This is a variation on the formation of numbers theme. Given $1, 2, 3, x$ in order, and the operations plus, minus, times, divide, and brackets, what single digits can x NOT be? i.e. find a ...
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The largest integer made of 1,2,3,4

What is the largest integer $A$ that can be produced from the four digits $1,2,3,4$ subject to the following rules? Each of the digits $1,2,3,4$ is used exactly once. Juxtaposition of digits is ...
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Use only 1 2 6 7 to write expressions that equal 31 32 33 34

Construct expressions that equal $31$, $32$, $33$, and $34$ using the numbers $1$, $2$, $6$, and $7$. In each expression, each number must be used exactly once. You addition ($+$), subtraction ($-$), ...
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1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1

Start with the digits:       $1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1$ You may then add (only!) these simple arithmetic operators:       $+\ -\ \times\ \div$ You may also ...
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Using only 1s, make 29 with the minimum number of digits

Use the minimum number of ones to make 29. Here is the list of operations permitted: "Standard" operations, such as: $x+y$, $x-y$, $x\times y$, $x\div y$ Negation: $-x$ Exponentiation of two numbers:...
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How should I approach using two 8s and two 3s to make the number 24?

Use two $8$s, two $3$s, and basic arithmetic operators ($ +, -, \times , \div$, parentheses) to make the number $24$. (You may not join numbers together to form new numbers, like $ 8, 3\...
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An unambiguous number puzzle

One is four, two is six Three is one, four is one Five is nine, six is five Seven is nine, eight is nine Nine is two, ten is five Eleven is seven, twelve is eight. What is thirteen? Note: the ...
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Create all numbers from 1-100 using 1,3,3,6

Create all the numbers from $1$ to $100$ using the numbers $1$,$3$,$3$, and $6$. You can only use each number once, except for the $3$, of which you have two. You can use addition ($x+y$), ...
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Create all numbers from 1-100 by using 1,3,3,7

Create all the numbers from $1$ to $100$ using the numbers $1,$$3,$$3,$ and $7.$ You can only use each number once, except for the $3,$ of which you have two. You can use addition $(x+y),$ ...
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Can you make 1 1 1 1 = 5? [closed]

Can you find a way to make 1 1 1 1 = 5 by adding any operations or symbols? You can use symbols such as these: +, -, *, !, ^, (). It is not limited to this list. Good Luck! P.S. You can not add any ...
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2019 to every day of the month

The grumpy professor looked at his class and said - ok so now it is 2019 can you use the four digits individually with *, +, -, /, ^ (raise to the power of) and ! to make each day of the month? You ...
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Create the numbers 1 - 30 using the digits 2, 0, 1, 9 in this particular order!

Inspired by the last year's "2018 four 4s challenge", I thought it's time to welcome 2019 by a similar challenge. This time you have to use the digits 2, 0, 1, 9 in this particular order to create the ...
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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2018

Add the four basic operators × ÷ + −: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 to get the total 2018. Keep the order; do not combine numbers. Don't use any brackets. Use all four operators at least once.
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Triskadecimal Emojis

[This puzzle is heavily based on one from video game Zero Time Dilemma.] I have one of those weird individualist friends--to give you an idea, he spells his name H-E-N-🔟-R-Y. ...The 🔟 is silent, y'...
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Doubling/tripling puzzle: make 1 from 1536 in as few steps as possible

You start with the number 1536. Your mission is to get to 1 in as few steps as possible. At each step, you may either multiply or divide the number you have, by either 2 or 3; but, only if the result ...
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Ten-digit number that satisfy divisibilty rules for 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10&11

Question: Arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 to make a ten-digit Number that satisfies all of the divisibility rules for 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,&11. BONUS: make the number also divisible by 7
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Make numbers 1 - 30 using the digits 2, 0, 1, 8

It's 2018 so let's repeat last year's challenge with new digits. This is similar to the "Four fours" puzzle, but using the digits 2, 0, 1 and 8. Rules: Use all four digits exactly once Allowed ...
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A riddle that has been killing me the whole day

So I'm walking around in London and found the following number riddle. The rules say, that what ever pattern you find, must be true for the rows as well as the columns. The answer in level 1 is for ...
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Just One Line! Really? [closed]

Add ONLY ONE line (does not have to be a straight horizontal line or in other words, doesn't need to be an axis aligned to the equal sign) to make the equation below true : EQUATION : $...
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100 using only 5 number of digits

This is a problem from Martin Gardner. For each digit $1\leq d\leq 9$, make 100 using exactly five number of $i$s. Any operation is allowed, brackets as well. For $i=1,2$ I have a solution: $$100=...