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Hotter and hotter (Posted on 2010-02-08) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Today is Saturday. For the last 5 days, Monday to Friday, the temperatures were rising, i.e. each day was hotter than the previous one. The product of the 5 values (Centigrade degrees, rounded to the closest integer) is 12. What are the five temperatures?

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Some Thoughts re: Indecision | Comment 5 of 10 |
(In reply to Indecision by brianjn)

 

 I agree that the way my puzzle is worded ambiguity prevails.

It might be better to say:".the  temperatures, all integer values, were  rising - each day being  hotter than the previous  one.    Given the product of the 5 values

 was 12 ".etc

Then we get only one valid answer.

If one assumes that the product was rounded - then   there  is an  infinite number of possibilities

e.g.   0.8, 0.9, 0.95, 1.75, 9.95.   In fact, any  a,b,c,d,e,,,,(a<b<c<d<e , e=12/abcd) within a reasonable

range of temperatures satisfies the conditions .

On the other hand, we would not have a "conversation starter" - a process  generally enhancing creative thinking.

BTW- it is not necessarily Centigrade.

Edited on February 9, 2010, 4:59 am
  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2010-02-09 04:56:09

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