Answer to Puzzle Contest:
12 patterns. There are 32 total permutations (2 colors
with 5 variable sides, which is 2 to the 5th power, or 32),
but 20 of those simply duplicate the 12 unique
I solved the problem by using a die as a visual aid,
numbering all the sides on a diagram I drew, listing all 32
permutations in numeric order (assigning a '1' for a red
side, '2' for a green, and then counting them out from
11111 to 22222), and marking each off that duplicated a
pattern I had already counted as unique/distinct.
Unless you enjoy logical and mathematical puzzles like this
(I personally am lukewarm as puzzles go), and have a little
experience at them, this was likely very tough for you.
# of Answers: 6
# of Correct Answers: 2
Percentage for Attempts: 33%
Winner: Andy Muenz, Glenolden, PA
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