# A difficult math puzzle!! (Give it a try)

• Apr 21st 2005, 07:17 PM
Bridgette
A difficult math puzzle!! (Give it a try)
I play a game online that is has math questions once a week. I'm not usually very great at them. Please give the one below a try :)

Ever since Kreludor was discovered, Dr. Sloth needed some way to attract more tourists to his space station. He decided that a casino was the way to go, and had a Grundo inventor build a slot machine for it.

The way this slot machine worked, there were nine wheels, each wheel with six letters, and the letters on the wheels had to spell one Neopian word in order to win the 30 million Neopoint jackpot. While the Grundo inventor was assembling the machine he dropped the wheels...

He managed to keep all of the wheels in order except for the last one; he wasn't sure where that wheel went in the whole scheme of things.

The first wheel had the letters I, J, R, G, B, and N.
The second wheel had the letters Q, W, Z, R, P, and L..
The third wheel had the letters Y, D, S, W, G, and T.
The fourth wheel had the letters U, O, I, A, E, and Y.
The fifth wheel had the letters S, L, P, K, R, and T.
The sixth wheel had the letters W, E, D, Z, B, and C.
The seventh wheel had the letters S, P, U, J, T, and A.
The eighth wheel had the letters D, L, W, F, N, and S.

...and the last wheel had the letters V, K, T, Y, Z, and J.

What Neopian word do the wheels have to spell in order to win the jackpot?
• Apr 21st 2005, 09:01 PM
Math Help
Do all of the wheels have to be used in the answer?
• Apr 22nd 2005, 08:51 PM
Bridgette
Not sure
That's all the directions it gives :-/ I'd assume they would though
• Apr 24th 2005, 07:12 AM
hpe
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Originally Posted by Bridgette
What Neopian word do the wheels have to spell in order to win the jackpot?

There are nine ways to place the ninth wheel. For each wheel order there are 6^9 = 10,077,696 words that the machine can spell out. So there are 90,699,264 possible Neopian words that the inventor could have in mind. I'm afraid you can't get very far without a Neopian dictionary. Maybe the Neopian Times has such a dictionary. You only have to look at nine-letter-words and see which words are possible.