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Numerical path (Posted on 2008-09-23) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Draw only one continuous line into the 8x8 diagram below, which begins in the left cell above (with a 01) and ends in the right bottom cell (with a 33). The line must pass through all the numbers from 01 to 33 (through the center of each cell), once and only once through each one, and can run only horizontally or vertically (not diagonally). Besides, the line may not cross itself.

Far from being a trial and error problem, this can be solved logically.
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 01  | 16  | 05  | 20  | 25  | 09  | 21  | 01  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 18  | 10  | 27  | 26  | 11  | 17  | 12  | 32  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 32  | 11  | 15  | 19  | 08  | 06  | 27  | 20  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 17  | 04  | 13  | 24  | 30  | 28  | 31  | 02  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 25  | 10  | 02  | 26  | 04  | 28  | 22  | 13  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 05  | 14  | 30  | 08  | 15  | 31  | 19  | 06  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 23  | 07  | 24  | 16  | 29  | 22  | 18  | 19  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+
     | 03  | 12  | 09  | 03  | 07  | 14  | 23  | 33  |
     +-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+

See The Solution Submitted by pcbouhid    
Rating: 2.5000 (2 votes)

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re(2): Analytical solutions - answering ed and brian | Comment 9 of 11 |
(In reply to re: Analytical solutions - answering ed and brian by pcbouhid)

It was still good just working through the problem. I think this was interesting how it was compiled to require little to no trial and error.

If you type in the solution when you post the problem, then it becomes easier to check the problem in case a reviewer suspects there's a mistake in the problem.

  Posted by Gamer on 2008-09-24 20:34:45

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