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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 ...
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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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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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What is the smallest set of letters that can spell any integer? [closed]

Today my 9-year-old nephew told me that he can spell any integer in English using only 9 letters. This is how he's doing it: ...
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Making 103 from 4 zeroes

As the title suggests, the puzzle here is making the number 103 by using exactly four 0s and the following operations: $+$ Addition $-$ Subtraction $\times$ Multiplication $\div$ Division $\sqrt{a}$ ...
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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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3:3! It's a football score! [closed]

Given to me, by a friend: How would you make 20, using two threes? You may use any basic operation. And others, such as square roots (the symbol), factorials, etc. Any operation is allowed. Just ...
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Rendering the number 10,958 with the string 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Brazilian mathematician Inder Taneja has found a way of expressing every number between 1 and 11,111, except 10,958, by inserting mathematical operators in between the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and ...
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Integers around a circle with consecutive pairs adding to a square

The integers 1 to 50 are placed around a circle in such a way that the sum of any two of them which are adjacent is a perfect square. Of these integers, the even numbers are then removed. Restore them....
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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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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2016

Add the four basic operators $\times\div+\,\;-$ and optionally brackets to: $10 \quad 9 \quad 8 \quad 7 \quad 6 \quad 5 \quad 4 \quad 3 \quad 2 \quad 1$ To get the total $2016$. Rules: We are ...
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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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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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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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Make 11 from five identical digits

At a tender age my father introduced me to an arithmetic game: making the number 11 from five single digits using only the basic operators listed here: ...
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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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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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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 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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Make 5 5 5 5 = 19 [closed]

Can you find a way to make: $5\ 5 \ 5 \ 5 = 19$ by adding any operations or symbols? You can use only these symbols: $+,\ -,\ *,\ !,\ /,\ \hat\, ,\ ()$. It is limited to this list, and ...
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Google's 20th Anniversary: Make 20 using 6 0 0 6 1 3

Belated 20th Happy Birthday to Google (600613)! Challenge: Use 6, 0, 0, 6, 1, 3 to make the number 20. Rules: Use all numbers, in that exact order. Allowed operations: +, -, x, /, sqrt, (); no ...
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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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Self-intro to mo-Roman numerals

Here come mo -Roman numerals — just like Roman numerals, only mo’ so.   (Explained as we go.)   What number can spell itself in two different ways ...
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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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How to get 5 from 0,0,0 and 1?

Can you use the digits 0,0,0 and 1 each only once in a mathematical expression for the number 5 using only common mathematical symbols with at least 1 mathematical symbol between each number?
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A mazegic square

So you like mathematical diversions? Here's something new for you then ...
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Investment advice

I'm considering investing my money with a London broker who offers excellent returns. But the only information I can find about the investment are two numerical codes: Deposits: 3.428571428571......
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Puzzling 101: Sums of seventeen numbers

After reading a bit in Meta and the help section, I'm still not sure whether this qualifies as a "good" puzzle in the spirit of the site, but the votes will show - I liked it when I encountered it, ...
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New Mathematics forever

This has been (renamed and) refocused on boboquack’s unforeseen solution, which deserves its own puzzle. Right when you thought the good old days of New Mathematics were safely dusted, ...
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Unique representation ID for 5-card poker hand using combination without sorting

There is a deck of 52 playing cards (e.g. poker cards). Assign every card a unique number (ID) at will. Every combination of 5 of these cards (a "hand") shall be represented by a unique result number, ...
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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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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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February 2017 golf

How many minutes are there in February 2017? This is "puzzling golf". The shortest correct answer wins. PS: The puzzle is not so much to compute the result, but rather to express it in fewer than 5 ...
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Make 4 4 4 4 = 30,31

Follow up question to Make 5 5 5 5 = 19 Can you find a way to make: $4\ 4 \ 4 \ 4 = 30$ and $4\ 4 \ 4 \ 4 = 31$ by adding any operations or symbols on the left side of the equations? You can ...
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Ode to convergence

Taking a numeral core (digits: a non-quad four) digits I ordered, then lesser I minused, till evolve I couldn't more. What is this unfathomably clunky poem all about?
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 1

This question inspired me to write the same puzzle but instead replace the "= 100" with "= 1" with similar requirements and restrictions. What is the expression with the fewest number of operators ...
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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2017

Add the four basic operators $\times\div+\,\;-$ and optionally brackets to: $10 \quad 9 \quad 8 \quad 7 \quad 6 \quad 5 \quad 4 \quad 3 \quad 2 \quad 1$ To get the total $2017$. Rules: Look for ...
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Use 2 0 1 and 8 to make 67

Use $2$ $0$ $1 $ and $8$ to make the number $67$ RULES You must use all 4 digits. Only the digits 2, 0, 1, and 8 can be used. You can make multi-digit numbers out of the numbers. Examples: 20, 82, ...
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A Perfectly Primitive Parameter Permuter

A simple challenge for the mathematically inclined. Find a function $f\left( {{x_1},{x_2},{x_3},{x_4}} \right)$ such that $$\begin{gathered} f\left( {2,3,4,5} \right) = 1 \hfill \\ f\left( {1,3,4,...
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Does this mathy square have any solutions? (And how many?)

Consider a $5\times5$ grid of math operators and numbers that encodes 8 math equations: A + B = C = + + + + D + E = F + = = = = G = H + I There are 3 horizontal ...
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Hello, I am a pretty big number. Add a line to make me many things

I am a pretty big number: Here are a few challenges for you: Add a line to make me a millennium. Add a line to make me a millennium and ten. Add a line to make me a century and one. Add a line to ...
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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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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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If 6 was 9, or 100 was 64, or M was N

         Now if a 6,          Turned out to be 9,          I don’&...
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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 ...
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My colleague gave me a number puzzle

My colleague probably has left work now, he is no longer responding. He gave me this puzzle and asked me to fill in the '?': ...
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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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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}\...
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Make 2008 from Φ (Golden Ratio)

I know that questions of the form "Use [arbitrary set of numbers] to make 2018" seem to be not very well recieved in the last days. That's why this puzzle is about making 2008. But instead of using ...
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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,...