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Puzzle ID:#2105
Fun:*** (2.29)
Difficulty:** (1.86)
Category:Math
Submitted By:ChemicalBoy08*****

 

 

 



My local shop wanted to create a sign that said PUZZLES, and they had the following letters each one using a different font: PPPUUZZZZZLLLLESS. How many different ways could they have made the sign?

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Answer

960.
3 * 2 * 5 * 4 * 4 * 1 * 2

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Comments

fluffypinksocks
Feb 02, 2002

why is it 5x4, not 5x5 when it gets to Z's?
Dave Boult
Feb 26, 2002

Don't quite understand why 4*4 for the "L's" in the middle
Beelzebub*
Feb 27, 2002

Because there are 2 z's in puzzles, you can pick any on of 5 for the first, and then any of the 4 remaining for the second.
tab00
Feb 27, 2002

You cound also multiply the entire thing by the number of letters in the word Puzzle.
curly*
May 02, 2002

do not get that whatsoever!!!!!!
cathalmccabe
May 21, 2002

There is an extra *4 in the answer it should be 240?
george1978*
Aug 08, 2002

the extra *4 is because when you start out with one of the first five z's you still have four left to choose from for the second so you actually need the extra *4 in there to make it a complete answer on the number of ways to spell puzzle given the facts we were given
calmsaviorAus*
Oct 27, 2007

Should this teaser use factorials?
javaguru*us*
Feb 21, 2009

Easy one for doing in my head. Not much teaser in it though.

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