In the past finding the factors for a level 3 puzzle has been like lacing an entire shoe with only one end of the lace. Today’s puzzle is slightly more difficult because that end of the lace gets cut off in the middle of the puzzle, and the other end of the lace has to be used to find the rest of the factors. Level 3 is meant to be a bridge between the easier levels and the higher leveled puzzles, and those laces get cut off in the higher leveled puzzles all the time. Good luck with this level 3 puzzle! I’m sure you can still find all the factors!

This week’s puzzles and last week’s solutions: 12 Factors 2014-04-21

98 is a composite number. 98 = 1 x 98, 2 x 49, or 7 x 14. Factors of 98: 1, 2, 7, 14, 49, 98. Prime factorization: 98 = 2 x 7 x 7, which can also be written 98 = 2 x 7²

98 is never a clue in the FIND THE FACTORS puzzles.

A Logical Approach to find the factors: Find the column or row with two clues and find their common factor. Write the corresponding factors in the factor column and factor row. Because this is a level three puzzle, you have now written a factor at the top of the factor column. Continue to work from the top of the factor column to the bottom, finding factors and filling in the table one row at a time as you go: