S U R F
C A L M
E X P O
T I N Y
Each of the above letters represents a positive integer smaller than 200. In some order they represent an arithmetic sequence. Overall, the grid as presented is a magic square, with each row, each column and each of the two large diagonals adding to the same value.
Also, each of the letters in PRIMES represents a prime number, and in themselves they also form an ascending arithmetic sequence, in the order PRIMES.
What is this magic square?
At the moment I am thwarted.
I am fully aware that a solution appears to rest upon this 'latin' square which fulfills the structural attributes:
1 14
15 4
S U
R F
12 9 6
7 C A L
M 5 8
11 10
E X
P O
16
3 2 13 T
I N Y
Unfortunately what is presented will not work as the numerals corresponding to the letters are not in an ascending AP sequence of "PRIMES".
It therefore seems apparent that I need to consider:
a. flipping around the major diagonals,
b. moving rows and columns (2 at a time) to preserve the "34" structure, and
c. swapping each pair of diagonally opposite quadrants where the "34" structure is preserved.
Lastly, (mirroring/reflections are addressed above) 90º rotations, if they haven't already been addressed in the
a, b and
c above also warrant thought.
Currently it seems that the AP must have a constant of 2, and it could be odd or even at this point.
Then?
Having derived a satisfactory AP for "PRIMES" those values need to be used to generate tables of values which are ±1 from multiples of 6 and 12 but below 200. The requirements of "PRIMES" must match that selection.
Having determined values for "PRIMES" I assume that I'd require a computer to determine the 6! ways to concatenate the 6 values to determine 'primacy'.
Edited on August 5, 2011, 9:47 am

Posted by brianjn
on 20110805 06:29:44 