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## #1 2006-01-21 12:08:59

angeleyes01
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### Tricky Maths Puzzle

Can anyone help me with this:   TOM CRUISE WAS BORN IN 1962.
HE HAS STARRED IN 30 FILMS,
INCLUDING THE FIRM, COKTAIL,
AND COLLATERAL

It is not the obvious 1992
I think you have to add every single  number you find

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## #2 2006-01-21 12:57:33

mathsyperson
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

Possibly it means 1+9+6+2+3+0.

If so, the answer is 21.

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

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## #3 2006-01-21 12:59:56

irspow
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

or

1962+196+19+1+962+96+9+62+6+2.....

if that's the case then we might need someone who is good with permutations to solve this one.

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## #4 2006-01-21 13:03:39

mathsyperson
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

We don't need anyone else, we've got you!

It looks like you got them all. Now just add the 3, 0 and 30 and we'll have the answer.

If the puzzle wants you to do that, then the answer is 3348.

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

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## #5 2006-01-21 13:07:00

irspow
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

Wouldn't we then have to find numbers in and out of order also. From that 1962, we could also extract 16 and 92, not to mention 2691,269,26....etc.  That is why I thought that we might need a permutation.

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## #6 2006-01-21 19:30:48

kempos
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

only from 1962 we can form 24 different 4 digit numbers, 24 3-digit numbers, 12 2-digit numbers and 4 1-gigit numbers, 30 gives you only three numbers (30 3 and 0) so there are 65 different numbers!!

Last edited by kempos (2006-01-21 19:35:55)

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## #7 2006-01-21 20:26:12

Ricky
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

This is a really good example on why Numerology is baloney.  Nice work guys.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #8 2006-01-21 21:28:01

kempos
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132621

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## #9 2006-01-22 01:46:01

angeleyes01
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

Hi found out the answer was 18,848 still don't know how they got it.

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## #10 2006-01-22 02:02:25

kempos
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### Re: Tricky Maths Puzzle

it's imposible. only numbers with 9 in the front will give you more!

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