Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Turkeys run but they cannot hide. They all will eventually end up on somebodies’ table. There doesn’t seem to be much of a mystery about that, but I’ve created a mystery level puzzle for today anyway. I promise it can be solved using logic and the basic facts in a 12 × 12 multiplication table.

Print the puzzles or type the solution in this excel file: 12 factors 1289-1299

Now I’ll share some facts about the number 1299:

- 1299 is a composite number.
- Prime factorization: 1299 = 3 × 433
- The exponents in the prime factorization are 1 and 1. Adding one to each and multiplying we get (1 + 1)(1 + 1) = 2 × 2 = 4. Therefore 1299 has exactly 4 factors.
- Factors of 1299: 1, 3, 433, 1299
- Factor pairs: 1299 = 1 × 1299 or 3 × 433
- 1299 has no square factors that allow its square root to be simplified. √1299 ≈ 36.04164

1299 is the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple:

435-1224-1299 which is **3** times (145-408-**433**)

Stetson.edu informs us that 8¹²⁹⁹ ≈ 1299 × 10¹¹⁷⁰. You can see it for yourself on a computer calculator!