By simply changing two clues of that recently published puzzle that I rejected, I was able to create a love-ly puzzle that can be solved entirely by logic. Can you figure out where to put the numbers from 1 to 12 in each of the four outlined areas that divide the puzzle into four equal sections? If you can, my heart might just skip a beat!
Now I’ll tell you a few things about the number 1350:
is a composite number.
= 2 × 3 × 3 × 3 × 5 × 5, which can be written 1350 = 2 × 3³ × 5²
The exponents in
the prime factorization are 1, 3 and 2. Adding one to each and multiplying we
get (1 + 1)(3 + 1)(2 + 1) = 2 × 4 × 3 = 24. Therefore 1350
has exactly 24 factors.
I was in the mood to make a Find the Factors Challenge Puzzle that used the numbers from 1 to 12 as the factors. I’ve never made such a large puzzle before, but after I made it, I rejected it. All the puzzles I make must meet certain standards: they must have a unique solution, and that solution must be obtainable by using logic. Although the “puzzle” below has a unique solution, and you can fill in a few of the cells using logic, you would have to use guess and check to finish it. Besides that, you wouldn’t be able to know if you guessed right until almost the entire puzzle was completed. Thus, it doesn’t meet my standards.
Even though the puzzle was rejected, there were still some things about it that I really liked. In my next post, I’ll publish a slightly different puzzle that uses some of the same necessary logic that I appreciated but doesn’t rely on guess and check at all. This is NOT the first time I have tweaked a puzzle that didn’t initially meet my standards to make it acceptable. I just thought I would share the process this time. If you try to solve it, you will be able to see the problem with the puzzle yourself.
Now I’ll share some information about the number 1349:
1349 is the sum of 13 consecutive primes, and it is also the sum of three consecutive primes: 73 + 79 + 83 + 89 + 97 + 101 + 103 + 107 + 109 + 113 + 127 + 131 + 137 = 1349 443 + 449 + 457 = 1349
Regardless of its size, an evergreen tree is a mighty symbol at Christmastime. Today’s factoring puzzle features a couple of relatively small Christmas trees, but don’t think for even one minute that these little trees make for an easy puzzle. It’s a level 6 puzzle so there are several places that the clues might trick you. Use logic through the entire process, and you should be able to solve it!