Listener 4216: Evens by Elap
Posted by Dave Hennings on 7 December 2012
Oh dear! This week it’s Elap, he of triangular numbers from two years ago. Here we had a wide open spaced 8×8 grid only populated with clue letters, no bars. Unlike Three-squared, which dealt with triangles, this one had clues to the sides, perimeters and area of squares. Eventually, every row and column would need to be completed thematically, and a couple of lines drawn. So at the bottom of today’s effort is my attempt at a detailed solution.
It was, I have to say, fairly obvious that the two lines which would end up showing what was otherwise missing from the puzzle would be in the shape of the number 7. That was made ever so obvious by the title which was Seven with S moved to the end. However, as with many early penny drops, it didn’t help much.
I started by highlighting those squares which contained the last digit of a clue term, eg the last digit occupied by C3, G3 and V2 in 1ac. Square 6 was the place I started, and two entries went in the grid fairly early on … well, after about 40 minutes! As with many mathematicals, it was like chipping away at a pyramid — although you felt you were progressing, there seemed very little to show for it. But I got there in the end.
After all the clues were solved, the grid was complete … except for those pesky six empty squares, three in the top left and three in the bottom right. Unlike the triangular number in Elap’s last puzzle, it didn’t take too long to realise and verify that all the rows and columns formed squares if started in the right place. Moreover, the main SE-NW diagonal was a square, not to mention 1ac twice: 81649296 and 92968164.
It has to be said that refining, tarting up and keying in my original notes took well over twice the time that it took me to solve Elap’s puzzle in the first place, which was about 4½ hours. I hope you’ll forgive this first attempt, which is nothing compared to erwinch’s efforts, especially in their lack of colour. I’ll try and do better next time!
In this table, I have marked unknown digits with the • character, and even digits with an E, eg 12•E•.
|No||Clue Details||Logic||Extra Info|
|1||Sq 6||A=F2.F2.j2||∴ j2 is a square||j2=64|
|3||Sq 7||from 2||D4+e2+j5=65536||j5=64••• ∴
∴ max(D2+h4)=14999 with 4=3749%
but h4 begins even
∴ P3=1•• or 2•• or 3••
but P3=E•6 divisible by 4
∴ P3=216 or 236 or 256 or 276 or 296
∴ t2= 54 or 59 or 64 or 69 or 74
∴ t2= 54 or 64 or 74
∴ P3=216 or 256 or 296
digits 2&3 k3 = r2
trying eg 384.84, 464.64, 466.66, etc
=11449 or 12544 or 13689 or 14884 or 16129
but is divisible by j2=64
=6024 or 6044 or 6064 or 6084 or 6204 or 6224 or 6244 or 6264 or 6284 or 6404 or 6424
∴ i5+j2=24392 or 24472 or 24552 or 24632 or 25112 or 25192 or 25272 or 25352 or 25432 or 25913 or 25992
but digit 4 i5 = digit 3 W4
by inspection, Q4=8532, R4=5322, c4=4642
by inspection, P8=21698532, a8=16361854, u7=4163618
by inspection, K6=313692, f4=1938
G3=496, H2=96, J4=3496, V2=54