# 1707 Subtraction Distraction

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### Today’s Puzzle:

Even though this Subtraction Distraction puzzle has more boxes than the one I published a couple of weeks ago, it is actually an easier puzzle. Can you write the numbers 1 to 12 in the boxes so that each triangle is its adjacent left box minus its adjacent right box? ### Factors of 1707:

1 + 7 + 0 + 7 = 15, a multiple of 3, so 1707 is divisible by 3.

• 1707 is a composite number.
• Prime factorization: 1707 = 3 × 569.
• 1707 has no exponents greater than 1 in its prime factorization, so √1707 cannot be simplified.
• The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each exponent and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 = 4. Therefore 1707 has exactly 4 factors.
• The factors of 1707 are outlined with their factor pair partners in the graphic below. ### More About the Number 1707:

1707 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
693-1560-1707, which is 3 times (231-520-569).

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