1758 Two-Shillelagh O’Sullivan

Today’s Puzzle:

When I was looking for the song about the shillelagh for my previous post, I found another one called Two-Shillelagh O’Sullivan also by Bing Crosby. It wasn’t a song from my childhood, but it inspired me to make a puzzle with two shillelaghs anyway. In the song, O’Sullivan wears these walking sticks in a holster and can draw them quicker than anyone can draw a gun. He was impossible to beat.

This two-shillelagh puzzle is also a bit difficult to beat. You’re not going to let that stop you from trying, are you? Just use logic and your knowledge of the multiplication table.

Write the numbers from 1 to 12 in the first column and again in the top row so that those numbers are the factors of the given clues.

Here’s the same puzzle in black and white:

Factors of 1758:

  • 1758 is a composite number.
  • Prime factorization: 1758 = 2 × 3 × 293.
  • 1758 has no exponents greater than 1 in its prime factorization, so √1758 cannot be simplified.
  • The exponents in the prime factorization are 1, 1, and 1. Adding one to each exponent and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 × 2 = 8. Therefore 1758 has exactly 8 factors.
  • The factors of 1758 are outlined with their factor pair partners in the graphic below.

More About the Number 1758:

1758 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:
408-1710-1758, which is 6 times (68-285-293).

1758 is palindrome 8E8 in base 14
because 8(14²) + 13(14) + 8(1) = 1758.


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