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## #1 2005-08-22 21:06:30

MathsIsFun
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### Two emailed Puzzles

A visitor has asked me by email:

I need a solution for the below questions:

Can you write 31 by usingly only digit 3 five times?

Can you place 10 coins in a five straight lines each having four coins?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #2 2005-08-22 22:38:24

mathsyperson
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### Re: Two emailed Puzzles

Well, the second one is a star:

O

O      O    O      O

O         O
O
O              O

It would work if I could draw better, but you see what I mean.
The first one I'll have to think about.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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## #3 2005-08-22 22:44:12

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### Re: Two emailed Puzzles

3^3 + 3 + 3/3 = 27 + 3 + 1 = 31

(That star would make a good logo !)

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #4 2005-08-23 22:53:23

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### Re: Two emailed Puzzles

Another way:
33-3+3/3=33-3+1=31

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## #5 2005-08-23 23:29:09

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### Re: Two emailed Puzzles

Technically, the answer to both is 'yes'.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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## #6 2005-08-24 00:09:46

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### Re: Two emailed Puzzles

And I thought the answer to both was 31 ... silly me.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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