Le Monde puzzle [#964]

June 1, 2016

(This article was first published on R – Xi'an's Og, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A not so enticing Le Monde mathematical puzzle:

Find the minimal value of a five digit number divided by the sum of its digits.

This can formalised as finding the minimum of N/(a+b+c+d+e) when N writes abcde. And solved by brute force. Using a rough approach to finding the digits of a five-digit number, the question can be easily solved as

for (i in 1e4:1e5){
 pres=i/sum((i %% 10^{5:1})) %/% 10^{4:0})
 if (pres

which returns N=10999 as its solution. (The solution for six digits is 10999.) The mathematical solution as provided in the newspaper certainly sounded more exciting.

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