You and two other people have numbers written on your foreheads. You are all told that the three numbers are primes and that they form the sides of a triangle with a prime perimeter. You see 5 and 7 on the other two heads and both of the other people agree that they cannot deduce the number on their own foreheads.
What is the number written on your forehead?
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I agree that my number could only be 5, 7, or 11. These are the only solutions to the constraints that the sum of three primes (5, 7, x) is also a prime and that the three numbers are also the length of the sides of a triangle.
I just don't follow your reasoning in eliminating 5 and 7.
Posted by Mike
on 2005-03-11 22:41:05