Math medal round: An Olympic Futoshiki

August 2, 2012  |  Media Contact: David Orenstein |  401-863-1862
You’ll need a pencil and a sturdy eraser - How to solve: Place numbers from 1 to 5 into each square so that each number appears once in each row and once in each column in each 5x5 grid. Numbers in squares connected by a greater-than sign must satisfy that greater-than property. Click the image for a larger printable puzzle or download a pdf version.
You’ll need a pencil and a sturdy eraser How to solve: Place numbers from 1 to 5 into each square so that each number appears once in each row and once in each column in each 5x5 grid. Numbers in squares connected by a greater-than sign must satisfy that greater-than property. Click the image for a larger printable puzzle or download a pdf version. Credit: Dan Katz/Brown University
Mathematician Daniel Katz, caught up in the worldwide passion for the London Olympics, designed a Futoshiki puzzle inspired by the five Olympic rings.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Daniel Katz, a newly hired lecturer in mathematics, is also a master of puzzles. To celebrate the Olympics he’s created a custom version of the Sudoku-like game Futoshiki just for Brown.edu.

The puzzle is an exercise in mental gymnastics, where a strong sense of logic will be required to step onto the podium. Much as the Olympics separates champions from other talented people who performed just slightly less well at the same time, this puzzle involves mathematical inequalities.

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