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 a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 1349 = 19 × 71
- 1349 has no exponents greater than 1 in its prime factorization, so √1349 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 1349 has exactly 4 factors.
- The factors of 1349 are outlined with their factor pair partners in the graphic below.
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