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 Keycode (Posted on 2007-09-06)
Every day when Frank goes to work, he needs to enter a keycode with six different digits to get into the building. The front door has one keypad style and the back door has a different keypad style. One day, Frank realized that each digit in his keycode was horizontally, vertically or diagonally adjacent to the next digit on both keypads.

If the first digit of Frank's keycode is larger than the last, can you determine his keycode?

Front               Back
+---+---+---+   +---+---+---+---+---+
| 1 | 2 | 3 |   | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
+---+---+---+   +---+---+---+---+---+
| 4 | 5 | 6 |   | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 0 |
+---+---+---+   +---+---+---+---+---+
| 7 | 8 | 9 |
+---+---+---+
| 0 |
+---+
Example: 2,6 is a possible part of the keycode but 3,6 and 1,6 are not since those are adjacent on only one keypad.

 See The Solution Submitted by Brian Smith Rating: 3.6250 (8 votes)

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 Solution | Comment 6 of 14 |

Referring to both the keypads, the common adjacent digits are as shown in the following table:

0-------------  9
1-------------  2
2------------  1, 3, 6
3------------  2
4------------  5, 8
5------------  4, 9
6------------  2
7-----------   8
8------------  4, 7, 9
9------------- 0, 5, 8

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Referring to the above table, it follows that if we ignore the restriction about the first and the last digits,  the six digit keycode is either 095487 or 784590.

Now, imposing the restriction that the first digit of Frank's keycode is larger than the last, it follows that the required keycode is 784590.

Edited on September 7, 2007, 11:29 am
 Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-09-07 01:17:29

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