Thread: 51 problem
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Old 2004-02-10, 22:59   #6
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I think what Neves is trying to do is make a list of numbers using the fewest 4's possible. He can pad them later to be legal, but he can also combine them to make other numbers. If 20 numbers can be found using 1 or 2 4's, then more difficult numbers can be expressed using those. If he doesn't have a "short" 5, he knows to avoid 5's in his equations.
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