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Ambiguous problem definition

  1. Oct 22, 2011 #1
    I don't get it...
    What are you supposed to do?
    Right answers apparently are 2 and 3.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2011 #2

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    16 times 2 is, in fact, 32 which is 4 times 8 so one possible answer us 16 x 2=2 x 2 x 8 where I have "added" ("inserted" would have been a better word) the digit 2 twice.

    Using "3" is a bit of a stretch. [itex]16*32= 8^3[/itex]
     
  4. Oct 22, 2011 #3
    The whole problem is a bit of a stretch on the boundaries on reason...
    Eh well... thanks anyway.

    This was from some half-assed IQ test I encountered btw.
     
  5. Oct 23, 2011 #4
    other answer:

    16 x 22 = 82
     
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