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A Publication Featuring The Information Services Technology of Maine State Government
|Volume VII, Issue 11||November/December 2004|
by Lester Dickey
My third-grade grandson Ben brought this home from school: You have 5 Life Savers candies of different flavors. The grape goes before the cherry, the orange is next to the lime, the lemon is last, and there are two candies between the lime and the cherry. What is the order of flavors from left to right? (He figured it out!)
For a greater challenge but no prize: If I give the order of flavors as cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange, can you find a simple rule to determine the order?
Please e-mail Lester Dickey with your answer and your name, phone number, and the organization for which you work. Or call Barbara Buck at 624-9501. The winner will be drawn from all the correct entries and will receive a FREE donated pizza, either from CJs Pizza or from the EDOC Cafeteria. All answers must be in no later than the 14th of the month.
Last month's challenge brought 61 submissions, with 51 having correct answers. The winner, chosen by random drawing, is Robert Gasper of ESCB in Public Safety.
The answers to last months Challenge: There are 19 integers between 1 and 100 with at least one 3 in them. There are 271 integers between 1 and 1000 with a 3. In case you were wondering, there are 3439 between 1 and 10,000 and 40,951 between 1 and 100,000!