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 He gave me S and asked for X (Posted on 2023-05-23)
Last night a puzzle was presented to me by my friend, a mathematician a.k.a. W.G. i.e. the Wise Guy.
He said: "I provide you a number S which is the sum of my secret
3 digit number X and 2 two-digit numbers derived from X by erasing one of its digits.
S is a 3 digit number composed of distinct digits. I want you, using no computation aids, just your brains, pen and paper to solve my conundrum.

The sum is 439 - What is my original number?"

Needless to say it was solved in no time, you can treat it as a d1 entry and handle it p&p.

But it inspired the following generalization addressing the perplexus society, rather d3:

There are plenty of 3 digit numbers using 3 distinct digits in the range of 102 to 987 (i. how many?).
Ii. How many, if used as S in the puzzle will provide a valid and unique X?
iii. How many yield: no solution?
iv. How many, if any, 2 or more answers?

 Subject Author Date re: more findings -- revised statistics Charlie 2023-05-23 17:07:36 re: more findings Charlie 2023-05-23 16:40:02 more findings Larry 2023-05-23 12:21:16 computer findings Charlie 2023-05-23 07:12:27

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