Question from lentels
Can someone explain puzzle 54 for me?
I know that the answer to the painting the flag puzzle (puzzle 54) is 36, but how can you solve that puzzle without actually writing out the 36 combinations?
5 years ago
The game's own solution explains this fairly well (by working out 9 combinations and multiplying by 4)
Saying that, the puzzle can be solved without having to work out any specific combinations
The left third of the flag can be any of 4 possibilities
As the middle third must be different from the left third, the middle third can only be any of 3 possibilities (for each of the 4 possibilities for the left third)
As the right third must be different from the middle third, this third can also only be any of 3 possibilities (for each of the 3 possibilities for the middle third)
From this, working out the number of possible combinations is simply 4x3x3
For easy reference, the puzzle, hints and solution can be seen here
5 years ago
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