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Nineteen triplets (Posted on 2010-09-23) Difficulty: 3 of 5
19 numbers are written on a circumference of a circle, in any order.
Their sum is 203 and the biggest number is X.
Any 3 adjacent numbers sum up to 31 or more.

What is the maximal possible value of X ?
If this number is selected, what can be said about the other 18?

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Largest element | Comment 3 of 10 |
One can separate the 19 elements into a largest one, and then partition the rest into 6 triplets of 3 adjacent numbers.

Each triplet must sum to at least 31, and thus under any configuration, all six triplets must together sum to at least 6*31 or 186, thus the largest element can be at most 203-186 or 17.

Notice none of the other 18 can be larger than 17 by how the largest element was chosen.
  Posted by Gamer on 2010-09-24 02:47:24
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