A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle

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75 and Level 6

75 is a composite number. 75 = 1 x 75, 3 x 25, or 5 x 15. Factors of 75: 1, 3, 5, 15, 25, 75. Prime factorization: 75 = 3 x 5 x 5, which can also be written 75 = 3 x 5².

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

2014-12 Level 6

This week’s puzzles for you to solve

2014-12 Level 6 Logic

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74 and Level 5

74 is a composite number. 74 = 1 x 74 or 2 x 37. Factors of 74: 1, 2, 37, 74. Prime factorization: 74 = 2 x 37.

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

2014-12 Level 5

This week’s puzzles for you to solve

2014-12 Level 5 Logic

71 and Level 3

  • 71 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 71 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 71 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 71 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 71: 1, 71
  • Factor pairs: 71 = 1 x 71
  • 71 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √71 ≈ 8.4261

How do we know that 71 is a prime number? If 71 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √71 ≈ 8.4. Since 71 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, or 7, we know that 71 is a prime number.

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

2014-12 Level 3

This week’s puzzles for you to solve

A Logical Approach to the Solution: 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 as you go:

2014-12 Level 3 Factors

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:

63 and Twelve Quick Clues

63 is a composite number. 63 = 1 x 63, 3 x 21, or 7 x 9. Factors of 63: 1, 3, 7, 9, 21, 63. Prime factorization: 63 = 3 x 3 x 7, which can also be written 63 = 3² x 7.

Sometimes 63 is a clue in the FIND THE FACTORS puzzles. Even though it has other factors, the only multiplication fact we use is 7 x 9 = 63.

2014-07 Level 6

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60 and Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain

60 is a composite number. 60 = 1 x 60, 2 x 30, 3 x 20, 4 x 15, 5 x 12, or 6 x 10. Factors of 60: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30, 60. Prime factorization: 60 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 5, which can also be written 60 = 2² x 3 x 5.

Sometimes 60 is a clue in the FIND THE FACTORS puzzles. Even though it has many other factors, we only use 6 x 10 for the FIND THE FACTORS 1-10 puzzles and 6 x 10 or 5 x 12 for the FIND THE FACTORS 1-12 puzzles.

When solving a level 6 puzzle, trying to place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the top row as well as the first column can be frustrating. Every single clue appears to have more than one possible answer. How can someone guess right with every single number placement? Is seeing the answer the only way to solve the puzzle?

Here is this week’s level 6 puzzle. Usually to solve a puzzle, you start with a row or column with 2 clues.  There are 6 rows or columns with more than one clue, and every one of them is no help!

2014-05 Level 6

You can also find this and a few other puzzles in an excel file here. If you have a spreadsheet program on your computer, you can access it. If you enable editing in excel, you can type your answers directly onto the puzzle, and you can also easily print the puzzles.

“Pay no attention to the that man behind the curtain!” is a famous line from The Wizard of Oz.  Everyone in Oz thought the Wizard was powerful enough to solve any problem. When Dorthy and her friends looked behind the curtain they discovered that he was really an ordinary man who was able to find an advantage in what other people didn’t know. It turns out that other people actually had the abilities they thought only the Wizard had. Today we will take a peek behind the curtain of a level 6 puzzle and discover that it really isn’t as intimidating as we might imagine, and that you have the ability to solve such a puzzle, too. This is what last week’s level 6 puzzle looks like from behind the curtain: 2014-04 Level 6 Hint Many people try to start with the row that contains the clue 4 x 8 = 32. (When I solve this puzzle, that row is actually the one I FINISH with!) Instead look at the row with no clues. If you study all the clues in the puzzle, you will notice that 6 is listed as a factor only once. If there were a clue in the row without any clues, that clue would be a multiple of 6. That hint will keep you going for several clues. It also eliminates 8 as a possible factor of 72 and ensures that 1 x 8, not 2 x 4, must used for the clue 8. Which means that 2 x 5, not 1 x 10, must be used for the clue 10 because both ones will have been used. Which means that 2 x 10, not 4 x 5, must be used for the clue 20 because the number 10 has to be used as a factor twice. Here is the completed puzzle: 2014-04 Level 6 Answer

59 and Valentine Gif

  • 59 is a prime number.
  • Prime factorization: 59 is prime.
  • The exponent of prime number 59 is 1. Adding 1 to that exponent we get (1 + 1) = 2. Therefore 59 has exactly 2 factors.
  • Factors of 59: 1, 59
  • Factor pairs: 59 = 1 x 59
  • 59 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √59 ≈ 7.6811

How do we know that 59 is a prime number? If 59 were not a prime number, then it would be divisible by at least one prime number less than or equal to √59 ≈ 7.7. Since 59 cannot be divided evenly by 2, 3, 5, or 7, we know that 59 is a prime number.

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

Valentine Puzzle 2014

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Here is a Valentine you can share with your friends who enjoy solving puzzles.

To solve the puzzle, the numbers 1 through 10 need to be written on the top row and also on the first column so that those numbers and the clues inside the puzzle make a multiplication table. Since it’s a level 5 puzzle, it may be a little challenging.

Your friend will not have to wait a whole week for the solution because there is a gif that will solve it quickly and logically. The gif could be the valentine, too.

This week’s puzzles are available in an excel file here. If you have a spreadsheet program on your computer, you can access it. If you enable editing in excel, you can type your answers directly onto the puzzle, and you can also easily print the puzzles.

Here are the factors to last week’s puzzle.

2014-04 Level 5 Answer

2014-04 L-5 steps

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58 and OXOXOXOXOXOXOX

58 is a composite number. 58 = 1 x 58 or 2 x 29. Factors of 58: 1, 2, 29, 58. Prime Factorization: 58 = 2 x 29.

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

2014-05 Level 4

Hugs and Kisses, OXOXOXOXOXOXOX, these were some of my stepmother’s favorite things. This week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day next week, I’ve included both an X puzzle and this O puzzle. Valentine’s Day was also my dad’s and my stepmother’s wedding anniversary, and she always made sure it was a special day for everyone who lived in our house. I’m sure that you also have many happy Valentine’s Day memories.

To solve this O puzzle, consider the clues given in the puzzle. Then write the numbers 1-12 in the top row and again in the first column so that the puzzle becomes a multiplication table.

This week’s puzzles are available in an excel file here. If you have a spreadsheet program on your computer, you can access it. If you enable editing in excel, you can type your answers directly onto the puzzle, and you can also easily print the puzzles.

Here are the factors for last week’s level 4 Puzzle:

2014-04 Level 4 Answer

Here is one way those factors could be found:

2014-04 L-4 steps

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