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Wonderful problem (Posted on 2009-06-07) Difficulty: 2 of 5
“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?

  Submitted by pcbouhid    
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OODDF is the square root of WONDERFUL.

“O” cannot be greater than 2 because this would give a square of 10 digits.

It cannot be 1 because there is no way that a number , beginning with “11”, can have a square in which the second digit is 1.

Therefore “O” must be 2.

WONDERFUL must be between the squares of 22,000 and 23,000. The square of 22 is 484, and the square of 23 is 529. Since the second digit of WONDERFUL is 2, we conclude that WO = 52.

The square of 229 is 52,441 and the square of 228 is 52,984. Therefore, OODD is either 2,299 or 2,288.

Using a concept of digital root, the sum of the nine digits in WONDERFUL (we were told zero is excluded) is 45, which in turn sums to 9, its digital root. Its square root must have a digital root that, when squared, gives a number with a digital root of 9. The only digital roots meeting this requirement are 3, 6, 9, therefore OODDF must have a digital root of 3, 6, or 9.

F cannot be 1, 5 or 6, because any of those digits would put an F at the end of WONDERFUL. The only possible completions are 22,998, 22,884 and 22,887.

The square of 22,887 is 523,814,769, the only one that fits the code word WONDERFUL.

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  Subject Author Date
Some Thoughtsre(3): Not Quite Pencil and PaperAdy TZIDON2009-06-08 14:10:22
re(2): Not Quite Pencil and Paperbrianjn2009-06-08 10:10:42
Some Thoughtsre: Not Quite Pencil and PaperAdy TZIDON2009-06-08 08:00:06
SolutionNot Quite Pencil and Paperbrianjn2009-06-08 04:09:22
SolutionsolutionDej Mar2009-06-08 00:08:55
Solutionsolution (QuickBasic)Charlie2009-06-07 16:25:10
Solution (Maple)Harry2009-06-07 14:46:02
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