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Write the digits from 1 to 9 in a line. If you put a plus sign after the 2, a times sign after the 4, and plus signs after the 6 and 8, the line shows 12 + 34 x 56 + 78 + 9, which equals 2003. That's nine years off from our current year 2012. This example uses four arithmetic symbols. The object is to use just three of the following arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, in a line from 1 to 9 to get 2012 exactly. The operations should be performed in order from left to right. There are no tricks to this puzzle. Can you do it?

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- amistre64

im assuming you ned to change the channel :)

- anonymous

listening interesting radio? :D

- anonymous

editor of nytimes crossword will shortz puzzle on npr. usually word puzzles.

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- amistre64

does "radio" actually mean: "voices in my head?" cause that happens to me alot too ;)

- amistre64

so:
1) use 3 operations
2) insert them anywhere between 1 and 9
3) come up with =2012
4) ..... get a donut?

- anonymous

try haldol, works for me

- JamesJ

Classic Will Shortz

- amistre64

does the operations have to be different? or can you repeat operations?

- amistre64

qtip in the ear tends to silence them too

- anonymous

in the first example division is not used, i will guess that you can use two or even one

- amistre64

3456
-789
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2667
+12
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not 2012

- anonymous

i am going to try it

- amistre64

1+2345 6789
1+2345
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2346
/6
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391
+789
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1180

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