A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

40 and M.C. Escher

40 is a composite number. 40 = 1 x 40, 2 x 20, 4 x 10, or 5 x 8. Factors of 40: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20, 40. Prime factorization: 40 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 5, which can also be written 2³ x 5.

When 40 is a clue in the FIND THE FACTORS puzzles always use either 5 x 8 or 4 x 10. Only one of those combinations will work for any particular puzzle.

This blog post was part of the 6 word challenge. I encourage other bloggers to accept the challenge and send your finished product to the Figments of a DuTchess blog. Marion Driessen really will visit your blog if you do. She completed this beautiful jigsaw puzzle featuring the mathematically inspired artwork of M. C. Escher and relayed the challenge of putting it together using only six words.

Figments of a DuTchess

My own entry in the Six Word Story Challenge: Puzzle

The challenge continues, even after completion.


Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972), usually referred to as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. Click and take a look at his amazing art!

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