There are only three numbers that can be written as the sum of fourth powers of their digits:
8208 ,9474 (the trivial case of number 1 excluded).
The sum of these numbers is 1634 + 8208 + 9474 = 19316.
Find the sum of all the numbers that can be written as the sum of fifth powers of their digits.
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The puzzle does not ask that the valid numbers to be included should all be 5-digit numbers; the only reference to 5 is that is the power to which each of the numbers' digits should be raised. It is only happenstance that in the 4th-power case, all the non-trivial valid numbers were of 4 digits length.
The puzzle also asks that the resulting valid numbers should then themselves be summed, as was the case with the 4th-power example.
Posted by Charlie
on 2012-08-31 09:59:39