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A simple challenge in Le Monde this week: find the group of four primes such that any sum of three terms in the group is prime and the overall sum is minimised. Here is a quick exploration by simulation, using the schoolmath package (with its imperfections):

```A=primes(start=1,end=53)[-1]
lengthA=length(A)

res=4*53
for (t in 1:10^4){

B=sample(A,4,prob=1/(1:lengthA))
sto=is.prim(sum(B[-1]))
for (j in 2:4)
sto=sto*is.prim(sum(B[-j]))

if ((sto)&(sum(B)<res)){
res=sum(B)
sol=B}
}
}
```

providing the solution 5 7 17 19.

A subsidiary question in the same puzzle is whether or not it is possible to find a group of five primes such that any sum of three terms is still prime. Running the above program with the proper substitutions of 4 by 5 does not produce any solution, even when increasing the upper boundary in A. So it is most likely that the answer is no.

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