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#24877 - Sun Jul 29 2001 07:09 AM The Sunday Times .. Brain Teaser
gtho4 Offline
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this one was published sometime during the 1970s ..
quote:
The Browning Version:

'You see, Inspector, the combination of my safe is a six-figure number. In case anyone needed to get in while I was away, I gave each of my clerks (Atkins, Browning and Clark) one of the two-figure numbers which make up the combination. I also told each the position in the combination of the number of another clerk, but not the number itself.
'Browning must have overheard me telling a friend that it is a coincidence that two of these numbers are squares and if you put them together you get a four-figure number that equals the other clerk's number squared. I remember I also said something about whether or not the combination is divisible by this clerk's number.
'When he was caught, Browning said "I can't understand why the alarm went off; I know Clark's is the first number". I later realised that what I'd told my friend about whether or not that number was a factor was wrong, which was lucky for me as Browning had got his own number in the right place.'

What was the combination?



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#24878 - Sun Jul 29 2001 08:12 PM Re: The Sunday Times .. Brain Teaser
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gtho4,

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#24879 - Sun Jul 29 2001 08:29 PM Re: The Sunday Times .. Brain Teaser
gtho4 Offline
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wtg mate, that looks familiar
the answer's at home, but I reckon you've got it

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#24880 - Mon Jul 30 2001 06:45 AM Re: The Sunday Times .. Brain Teaser
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yep, it's spot on mate

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