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**Nasir Hassan****Member**- Registered: 2020-04-11
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Your solution is 473816952. However, the question states that rounding is done alternatively - up, down, up .... With 2 as the units digit, the 1st rounding will be down, not up.

My solution is 536192748. It's divisible by 6 and 7, and the alternative rounding starting from up then down etc gives 53619 0000, with digits adding up to24. Where's the flaw in this answer? Unless the number 4 becomes 5 after the 1st round up, and the number 7 does't round down to 7 because of the 5?

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Nasir

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Nasir Hassan

Welcome to the forum.

I agree that your solution is better. The one given would be ok if the question read "it rounds in an alternate pattern (down, up, down ...). I don't have any editorial control over the MIF site so I'll message the boss and suggest a re-write.

Best wishes, stay safe,

Bob

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Your solution is right Nasir, thank you!

And Bob is right, the old solution (473816952) works when the rounding starts at down, then up, etc

Will amend.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Here is the amended puzzle:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/9-digit-number-solution.html

Please check!

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