1,3,14,22 : 1 * 3 * (22-14)
1, 5, 5, 5
5 * ( 5 - 1 / 5) = 24
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Give TWO solutions
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(1+2) * 8 * 1
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(a + b) * c * 1 is always equal to (a + b) * c / 1, correct? (or you can say the second solution is a gimmick)
And (a + b) * c / d is always equal to (a + b) / (d/c), correct?
So let d be 1, we always have (a + b) * c * 1 = (a + b ) / (1/c).
They are the same thing for any a, b and c. So they are essentially the same solution.
Hope it's clear.
THIS thread was started by OP Mrdavid445 who did not state the conditions you're "making up".
These 2 solutions: (1 + 2) / (1/8) and (1+2) * 8 * 1 would be considered different: one uses *, one uses /
I suggest you should have started your own thread, with YOUR conditions.
I did not look at your "website on this"; also I am not saying you are "wrong"; I SEE what you're getting at.
As example, one "manner" is to look at this style: u / (v - w/(w+1)) = 24.
Then v = (24w + u(w + 1)) / (24(w + 1))
Easy to loop through (keeping all 4 numbers < 100) to get solutions:
here, there are 31 solutions: from 1 / (1 - 23/24) to 99 / (5 - 7/8)
so a + b + c - d and a + b - (d -c) are two different solutions, or not?
The point is, one has to draw a line somewhere to get rid of the gimmicks. I happen to believe a * b * c * 1 and a * b / (1/c) are the same solution. But that's just my opinion. We can live with different standards.
And I don't understand the second part of your post. Does it have anything to do with our discussion of the different solutions or you are just pointing out a way to find interesting puzzles?
Simply state your belief as a RULE in the puzzle.
Once more: I posted (1 + 2) / (1/8) and (1+2) * 8 * 1 as 2 solutions
because the ORIGINAL wording of the puzzle did NOT prohibit that.
If YOU want to prohibit that, that's OK: but start a NEW thread and SAY SO.