# Real life number puzzle

by DaveC426913
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 P: 15,319 I just bought lunch at Quizno's. On top of a cabinet, between the cash register and the fountaion drink machine, in essentially the most prominent place in the establishment is this little framed 3" square metal plaque. It's like a little boiler plate off a machine - the lettering is stamped into the metal. This is what is on the plaque: 12 7 14 13 11 9 8 15 10 It is the numbers 8 through 15 arranged in a seemingly patternless 3x3 grid. I have no idea what the purpose of this little plaque is. Takers? Attached Thumbnails
 PF Gold P: 7,363 I see a lot of "33s" there. (8 of 'em)
 P: 15,319 Wow. Yeah. That's no coincidence.
 P: 15,319 Real life number puzzle Perhaps the display is not a functional component at all. Perhaps it is aesthetic. It would appear to be a magic square... Indeed, Googling "magic square 33" turns it up many times:
 P: 10 This looks to be what I heard to be called a Magic Square. It is a unique square matrix where the sum of any row, column, and diagonal will equal some constant. From what I know, this is the only requirement of the Magic Square however I have only seen ones where the constant that each row, column, and diagonal sum equals is Matrix Constant= n(n^2+1)/2. where n is the dimension of the square matrix (also I think a 2x2 doesn't exist, but 1,3,4,5,...etc does). Since this matrix satisfies the rule of Magic Squares. Then the question I would be curious to ask is what is the significance of this matrix being at Quizno's?
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 Quote by ksmith1281 Then the question I would be curious to ask is what is the significance of this matrix being at Quizno's?
Two theories:

1] It is a proud display of some manager's child's abilities at either math or machine shop or both.

2] Some manager is a math buff and is just waiting for someone to ask what that plaque is for...
 P: 15,319 3] (The winner): It was a gift, as a good luck charm. The manager had no idea of the significance of the numbers until I pointed it out.
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 Quote by DaveC426913 3] (The winner): It was a gift, as a good luck charm.
Did you ask if the gift was from,
1] some other manager's child's with the abilities at either math or machine shop or both.

2] Some other manager that is a math buff

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 Quote by dlgoff Did you ask if the gift was from, 1] some other manager's child's with the abilities at either math or machine shop or both. 2] Some other manager that is a math buff ?
Well, she said that the person who gave it to her told her that she should put it in a prominent place and aligned with (I dunno, uh...) the Feng Shui of the establishment.

I gathered pretty quickly that there was no math appreciation in the giver here, simply some superstition around magic squares.
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 Quote by DaveC426913 Well, she said that the person who gave it to her told her that she should put it in a prominent place and aligned with (I dunno, uh...) the Feng Shui of the establishment. I gathered pretty quickly that there was no math appreciation in the giver here, simply some superstition around magic squares.
OMG. I was hoping for [1]; some smart kid being involved. What a let down.

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