### Very cool...

Very cool. A bubble “cube”.

And here is a puzzle for you – my Aunt wrote me (using this thing called “pen and paper” and delivered by some guy in a strange truck – go figure) that I had solved this “puzzle” many years ago. She has a picture hanging in her kitchen:

Anyway, she said I figured out what the fruits represented a long time ago and she wanted to know the answer again.

Each fruit is a single digit (and unique of course, it would not make sense for the pear to be the same digit as the peach). I gave it to my kids and didn’t really look at it.

Until today. Took a minute – but I got the answer (I have the time stamped email to prove it)… Can you?

Update:

If you want to figure it out on your own - don't peek at the comments!

And here is a puzzle for you – my Aunt wrote me (using this thing called “pen and paper” and delivered by some guy in a strange truck – go figure) that I had solved this “puzzle” many years ago. She has a picture hanging in her kitchen:

Anyway, she said I figured out what the fruits represented a long time ago and she wanted to know the answer again.

Each fruit is a single digit (and unique of course, it would not make sense for the pear to be the same digit as the peach). I gave it to my kids and didn’t really look at it.

Until today. Took a minute – but I got the answer (I have the time stamped email to prove it)… Can you?

Update:

If you want to figure it out on your own - don't peek at the comments!

## 9 Comments:

Grape=4

Peach=6

Pear=2

Lemon=8

Strawberry=1

Apple=3

Bananna=9

Should we consider taste?

Someone can't spell.

echo "Bananna"|sed 's/nn/n/'

It must have been the potatoe I had for lunch.

"It must have been the potatoe "

I suppose you also need to

echo "potatoe" | sed 's/oe/o/'

Another one in the Sponge category :)

OK, since I didn't get an answer about taste...

Should we assume pear > 1 and strawberry > 0?

What base? 10? Does it matter?

Should we assume (for all)(fruit <> 0)?

We need to determine _all_ possible solutions to this puzzle, not just a single solution. Duh.

well, there are 7 different fruits, so the smallest base possible must be at least 6.

But I think the original would have been intended as base 10.

anonymous said...

"It must have been the potatoe "

I suppose you also need to

echo "potatoe" | sed 's/oe/o/'

Another one in the Sponge category :)

Eric S. Emrick said...

"bananna" was inadvertent

"potatoe" was an attempt at subtle humor (irony). Who eats a potato for lunch and ascribes spelling mistakes to the poor unsuspecting vegetable?

Mr. Ed said...

We need to determine _all_ possible solutions to this puzzle, not just a single solution. Duh.

Eric S. Emrick said...

I have attempted to prove that the solution set provided is the only solution given some reasonable assumptions.

Eric, nice proof.

The bubble cube. I saw that when it first aired. Still neat after all these years.

I had to view that one from home. Websense kicked in when I tried to view that site at work. Too many bad words on that site.

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