A weekly Monde current mathematical puzzle that reminded me of an earlier one (but was too lazy to check): If ADULE-ELUDE=POINT, was is the largest possible value of POINT? With the convention that all letters correspond to different digits and no digit can start with 0. Same question when ADULE+ELUDE=POINT. The run of a brute […]

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## Le Monde puzzle [#1133]

March 28, 2020## Le Monde puzzle [#1134]

March 24, 2020A Monde mathematical puzzle on gcd’s and scm’s: If one replaces a pair (a,b) of integers with the pair (g,s) of their greatest common denominator and smallest common multiple, how long at most before the sequence ends. Same question when considering a collection of five integers where two are selected by the pair (g,s) of […]

## Le Monde puzzle [#1132]

February 24, 2020A vaguely arithmetic challenge as Le weekly Monde current mathematical puzzle: Given two boxes containing x and 2N+1-x balls respectively. If one proceeds by repeatedly transferring half the balls from the even box to the odd box, what is the largest value of N for which the resulting sequence in one of the boxes covers […]

## Le Monde puzzle [#1129]

February 10, 2020A number challenge as Le weekly Monde current mathematical puzzle: When the three consecutive numbers 110, 111 and 112, they all are multiples of the sum of their digits. Are there 4 consecutive numbers with three digits like this? A contrario, does there exist 17 consecutive numbers with three digits such that they cannot be […]

## Le Monde puzzle [#1130]

February 7, 2020A two-player game as Le weekly Monde current mathematical puzzle: Abishag and Caleb fill in alternance a row of N boxes in a row by picking one then two then three &tc. consecutive boxes. When a player is unable to find enough consecutive boxes, the player has lost. Who is winning when N=29? When N=30? […]