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HeaRT OF VENUS (Posted on 2011-09-18) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Solve the following alphametic, given that two are primes and one is a composite:

SEVEN - THREE = FOUR

BONUS: Without the restriction of the number of composites and primes in the alphametic, how many different solutions are there?

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Solution computer solution Comment 3 of 3 |

   10     dim Used(9)
   20     for S=1 to 9
   30      if Used(S)=0 then
   40        :Used(S)=1
   50     :for T=1 to 9
   60     :if Used(T)=0 then
   70        :Used(T)=1
   80     :for F=1 to 9
   90     :if Used(F)=0 then
  100        :Used(F)=1
  110     :for E=0 to 9
  120     :if Used(E)=0 then
  130        :Used(E)=1
  140     :for V=0 to 9
  150     :if Used(V)=0 then
  160        :Used(V)=1
  170     :for N=0 to 9
  180     :if Used(N)=0 then
  190        :Used(N)=1
  200        :Seven=10000*S+1010*E+100*V+N
  210     :for H=0 to 9
  220     :if Used(H)=0 then
  230        :Used(H)=1
  240     :for R=0 to 9
  250     :if Used(R)=0 then
  260        :Used(R)=1
  270        :Three=10000*T+1000*H+100*R+11*E
  280     :for O=0 to 9
  290     :if Used(O)=0 then
  300        :Used(O)=1
  310     :for U=0 to 9
  320     :if Used(U)=0 then
  330        :Used(U)=1
  340        :Four=1000*F+100*O+10*U+R
  350        :if Seven-Three=Four then
  355         :inc Sct
  360         :print Seven;Three;Four,
  370         :PCt=0
  380         :if prmdiv(Seven)=Seven then inc PCt:Plst="7":else Plst="":endif
  390         :if prmdiv(Three)=Three then inc PCt:Plst=Plst+"3":endif
  400         :if prmdiv(Four)=Four then inc PCt:Plst=Plst+"4":endif
  403         :print PCt,Plst
  410        :endif
  420        :Used(U)=0
  430      :endif
  440     :next
  450        :Used(O)=0
  460      :endif
  470     :next
  480        :Used(R)=0
  490      :endif
  500     :next
  510        :Used(H)=0
  520      :endif
  530     :next
  540        :Used(N)=0
  550      :endif
  560     :next
  570        :Used(V)=0
  580      :endif
  590     :next
  600        :Used(E)=0
  610      :endif
  620     :next
  630        :Used(F)=0
  640      :endif
  650     :next
  660        :Used(T)=0
  670      :endif
  680     :next
  690        :Used(S)=0
  700      :endif
  710     next
  720     print Sct

finds

 23439  17633  5806      0
 23938  17533  6405      0
 24349  17544  6805      0
 25758  19355  6403      0
 23439  15633  7806      0
 23938  16533  7405      0
 24349  16544  7805      0
 25758  16355  9403      1      4
 31519  26811  4708      0
 31519  24811  6708      0
 35159  28455  6704      1      7
 36061  28566  7495      1      7
 35159  26455  8704      1      7
 36061  27566  8495      1      7
 41517  38611  2906      1      3
 41918  36711  5207      0
 41918  35711  6207      0
 45157  38255  6902      0
 41517  32611  8906      1      3
 45157  36255  8902      0
 52728  49622  3106      0
 56368  49266  7102      0
 52728  43622  9106      0
 56368  47266  9102      0
 61219  57811  3408      0
 62129  58722  3407      2      74
 61219  53811  7408      0
 62129  53722  8407      1      7
 71315  68411  2904      0
 71814  69311  2503      1      4
 73135  68233  4902      0
 71315  62411  8904      0
 73135  64233  8902      0
 71814  62311  9503      1      3
 82526  79422  3104      0
 84346  79244  5102      0
 82526  73422  9104      0
 84346  75244  9102      0
 38

Indicating and listing 38 solutions when ignoring composites vs primes.

The first number following each solution is the number of those numbers that are prime. In most cases none is prime; in a few cases one of the numbers is prime, but in only one case are two of the numbers prime: 62129 - 58722 = 3407.

The remaining digits on the lines with primes are shorthand for which of the three numbers is/are prime. In the case of the solution with two primes this is 74, indicating SEVEN and FOUR represent primes: 62129 and 3407.


  Posted by Charlie on 2011-09-18 17:01:49
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