“The Square Root of Wonderful” was the name of play on Broadway.
If each letter in WONDERFUL stands for a different digit (zero excluded) and if OODDF, using the same code, represents the square root, then what is the square root of WONDERFUL?
My spreadsheet reads:
O O
D D
F W O N D E R F U L X X^2
It's construction requires just values for the bolded O, D and F with the O and D values copied to adjacent cells. The 5 respective values are then multiplied by the appropriate power and summed to form X (the value of OODDF). This is then squared.
Individual values of WONDERFUL are "stripped" from X^2.
That leaves 3 different values; a choice of 9 for O, 8 for D and 7 for F!
O <= 2 otherwise the square is 10 digits.
If O = 1 W will always be 1! O = 2.
There are now 8 values for D and 7 for F.
The idea now is to get a value for D such that the value for O in WONDERFUL is either 1 (expecting a carryover value) or 2.
Let F = 1 and proceed incrementing D from 1. At D=7 O=1. Testing F by increment from 1 does nothing for the O value.
Incrementing D to 8 suddenly gives an O value of 2. It takes little then to find the 7 to give the desired square and pandigital.
I arrived at 22887 and 523814769.
When I originally wrote the above I forgot that I had given D the value of 9 but gave values of 8 for N and D, and 0 for F and U.
Edited on June 8, 2009, 11:06 pm

Posted by brianjn
on 20090608 04:09:22 