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This is the first problem posed by the new Macalester Puzzlemeister Tom Halverson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Is there a set S of positive integers such that a number is in S if and only if it is a sum of two distinct members of S or a sum of two distinct positive integers not in S?
Source: This week's problem will soon appear in Which Way Did the Bicycle Go?...and other intriguing mathematical mysteries by Joseph Konhauser, Dan Velleman, and Stan Wagon; Dolciani Series, MAA (800-331-1622), September, 1996.
© Copyright 1996 Stan Wagon. Reproduced with permission.
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