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Prime Hopscotch (Posted on 2010-01-06) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Replace the numerals 1 through 8 with ever increasing prime numbers, always using the next lowest possible that is available1 to fulfill the criteria on the left. Then do the same for the right.

Present a series for the left, and one for the right.

7 + 8 = Square

6 = Prime

4 + 5 = Square


1 + 2 + 3 = Square


















7 + 8 = Cube

6 = Prime

4 + 5 = Cube


1 + 2 + 3 = Cube






If it was required that the Right set required "1" to be the next Prime following on after that used for the "8" in the Left set, what might the Right set read, if indeed it is possible?

1. Note, "always using the next lowest possible that is available" means that if it is next on the list it cannot be dismissed unless it is the last of a group of two or three and will not fulfill the criterion. Only then may you advance to the next.

See The Solution Submitted by brianjn    
Rating: 4.0000 (1 votes)

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re: computer solution - wonderment | Comment 10 of 17 |
(In reply to computer solution by Charlie)

I devised this using only Excel and a downloaded list of Primes (I had to use Excel to test for 5-digit values however).

I had expected that this would be solved only by related means.  I'd often said to my colleagues during my employment phase "if the mind can visualise something that is 'concretely' possible then a computer can be made to perform that task". 

Truly I didn't expect that you'd so challenge yourself!

  Posted by brianjn on 2010-01-06 22:22:29

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