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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Only the numbers on the left are in the 5-digit NOHOW form of _0_0_, and when on the right they are in the 3-digit NHW form of _ _ _.

That occurs, for example, with n in clues 9 and 11.

Sorry, have to disappear for an hour or so...

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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So if I solved #11 first and got n = 10201( hypothetical only ) and then used it in 9, I would then use n = 121? See you then, I have one more question.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Exactamundo!

Ready for the next question...

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Supposing I came up with an answer that was 90903 for the LHS of a clue. It factors to {3, 1}, {157, 1}, {193, 1}. So you see it has the two required 3 digit prime factors but it also has a smaller one. Is this legal?

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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No, that's not legal.

...this number is equal to the product of two 3-digit primes

90903 is not the product of two 3-digit primes: it is a single-digit prime x the product of two 3-digit primes.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, thanks for the clarification. I will work on it again.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Ok...good luck with it.

I'll be up for a while watching the French Open, so if you need more clarification just let me know.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I wish I could work on it right now but I am handling some forum matters instead.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby;

I added...

Couldn't do it all with M, though...some human input required during the solving process.

...to post #70.

I tried, but I just couldn't get M to solve the whole bang lot...it needed my help. It's so nice to be needed!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am pretty far along but need a break.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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That's good news about the progress.

When you're done solving, I'll need your help to iron out an annoying coding quirk with this puzzle that I can't figure out. I've got a workaround for it, but it's making my code look awkward.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Working on it some more...

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Same here...just tidying up code (except for the quirk I mentioned, that seems to defy logic and to which I don't have the answer).

Also, I've started on an M code version that's less LB-/Excel-like, but am struggling.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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At this point, I have solved all the equations but have several answers for each one. I am attempting to prune each down to 1 answer.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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There is a quick-'n-easy way...

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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At this point, I am missing it.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Well, I only saw it after I'd already solved the puzzle (yonks ago), and I immediately updated my strategy. All I can say is...it's worth finding!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I would be happy to find it but solving the puzzle would be enough.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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phrontister wrote:

When you're done solving, I'll need your help to iron out an annoying coding quirk with this puzzle that I can't figure out. I've got a workaround for it, but it's making my code look awkward.

Fixed it!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Are all the 5 digit numbers different? Are all the 3 digit ones different?

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

For the 3-digit numbers, do you mean only those that are of the NHW form?

What I mean there is that the puzzle grid contains 24 answers, all of which are 3-digit numbers...but only a few of those are of the NHW form.

Assuming you're referring only to NHW numbers, the answer is in the hide box:

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is what I am getting too.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Ah, good.

Btw, a couple of days ago I found an M function that does the task of two functions in my code, and I also discovered a trick by which I was able to neaten and shorten my code. It looks much more ordered now, and is also much shorter than my original version.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Mine grows longer and uglier by the day but the rule of EM is; answer first, then code. Same for math, answer first, then math.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Same for chess:

Your NOHOW solution is correct. Excellent!

Now all you have to do is to think back to how you did it, and then tell me. I suspect you didn't just pluck numbers out of the air, as you were leading me to believe.

I'll PM you my M file, but I have to disappear for an hour or so first.

Oh yes...you didn't show your answer for the check.

And what did you think of the puzzle?

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