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The magic Number (Posted on 2004-03-17) Difficulty: 1 of 5
Whats the smallest number ("the magic number") that can satisfy these conditions?

- its positive

- it is not divisible by any number below 20 (excluding 1)

- the average of the digits is an even number between 3 and 9

See The Solution Submitted by Victor Zapana    
Rating: 3.3333 (9 votes)

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Solution Pay Attention | Comment 13 of 35 |

The average of 3 and 7, which I think everyone will agree are the only two digits in the number 37, is 5, which I also think everyone will agree is an odd number (hence, it is not even).

Also, any number is divisible by itself (if you have 17 apples, can you split them into 17 equal groups?). Thus, any number below 20 is by definition also divisible by a number below 20.

The lowest number that meets all the criteria, and the solution to this problem, is 53, as Charlie has already stated in his apparently much-overlooked solution.

  Posted by DJ on 2004-03-17 12:52:26
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