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22 December

In base 2, 1/24 is 0.0000101010101010101010101010...
In base 3, 1/24 is 0.0010101010101010101010101010...
In base 4, 1/24 is 0.0022222222222222222222222222...
In base 5, 1/24 is 0.0101010101010101010101010101...
In base 6, 1/24 is 0.013.
Therefore base 6 is the lowest base in which 1/24 has a finite number of digits.
Today's number is the smallest base in which 1/10890 has a finite number of digits.
Note: 1/24 always represents 1 divided by twenty-four (ie the 24 is written in decimal).

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21 December

Put the digits 1 to 9 (using each digit exactly once) in the boxes so that the sums are correct. The sums should be read left to right and top to bottom ignoring the usual order of operations. For example, 4+3×2 is 14, not 10. Today's number is the smallest number you can make using the digits in the red boxes.
+÷= 2
× + -
×-= 31
+ + -
-×= 42
=
37
=
13
=
-2

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Tags: numbers, grids

20 December

Today's number is the sum of all the numbers less than 40 that are not factors of 40.

19 December

Today's number is the number of 6-dimensional sides on a 8-dimensional hypercube.

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18 December

There are 6 terms in the expansion of \((x+y+z)^2\):
$$(x+y+z)^2=x^2+y^2+z^2+2xy+2yz+2xz$$
Today's number is number of terms in the expansion of \((x+y+z)^{16}\).

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Tags: algebra

17 December

For \(x\) and \(y\) between 1 and 9 (including 1 and 9), I write a number at the co-ordinate \((x,y)\): if \(x\lt y\), I write \(x\); if not, I write \(y\).
Today's number is the sum of the 81 numbers that I have written.

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Tags: numbers

16 December

Arrange the digits 1-9 in a 3×3 square so that the first row makes a triangle number, the second row's digits are all even, the third row's digits are all odd; the first column makes a square number, and the second column makes a cube number. The number in the third column is today's number.
triangle
all digits even
all digits odd
squarecubetoday's number

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Tags: numbers, grids

15 December

Today's number is smallest three digit palindrome whose digits are all non-zero, and that is not divisible by any of its digits.

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