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A Sign

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Puzzle ID:#2105
Fun:*** (2.29)
Difficulty:** (1.86)
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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3 * 2 * 5 * 4 * 4 * 1 * 2


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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
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.
Feb 27, 2002

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

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

There is an extra *4 in the answer it should be 240?
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
Oct 27, 2007

Should this teaser use factorials?
Feb 21, 2009

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

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