Magic Squares puzzle
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 1994 08:10:14 -0800 From: Rick Jermain Subject: Math Puzzle Answer needed Dear Dr. Math, Can you please send me the Puzzle (and the solution) called the Magic Square? This is a puzzle where you have to arrange numbers so that they add up to the same number, vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Please help. Thanks in advance. -Rick
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 1994 10:46:24 -0500 (EST) From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: Magic Squares Hello Rick! In answer to your question, there are MANY such Magic Squares of all kinds of different sizes. Here's one: 8 1 6 3 5 7 4 9 2 There's an easy way to make them, too, that I believe works for any size square. Start by putting a 1 in the middle of the top row. Then move up and to the right one space (when you run out of squares to move to, imagine that your Magic Square were shifted up or over n spaces, where n is the dimension of the square) and put a 2 in that square. See how I did that above? Moving up and to the right from 1, I imagined that the Magic Square were moved up three spaces, and that's how I knew where to put the 2. Then do the same thing to place the 3. Keep going like this until you reach a space that's already full. Whe you come to one, go back to the space you just came from, and put the next number in the space immediately below it. Then continue moving up and to the right, and placing the next consecutive numbers, and when you come to a space that's already full, deal with it the same way as I just described: go back to the space you just came from, and put the next number immediately below it. If you're having trouble figuring out what I said, look at my example and see if you can piece it together. If you're still having trouble, mail us back. Have fun! -Ken "Dr." Math
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