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Can you find an expression for 2017
which uses all the digits 1 to 9?

If you can't, how close to 2017 can you get?

................................................................................................. = 2017

Can you make last year (2016) or next year (2018) ?

[Teacher: The numbers and operations above can be dragged into different positions to help with this challenge]

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

• Nathan Falconer, Larbert High School
•
• 98x7x3+5(4+6)-2+1
• Rebecca Moon, Gilberd School
•
• 1987+6+3+4+2+5=2007
• Emma Fessey, Bourke Walgett School Of Distance Education
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• With Todays problem, I found Another answer,
1978+ 5x6 +4 -3 -2
Emma
Year five
B.W.S.O.D.E.
• Oliver Richards, Lloyd Street School
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• 2008: 9x6x8x5-142-7-3
• Kate and Catherine, Fulneck School
•
• Solution to 2007

1987 + 26 -5 -4 + 3 = 2007!
• Garry Campbell, Lochend Community High School
•
• 98 x 21 - 54 + 3 + 6 - 7 = 2006
• Amy Blake and Lauren Hill, St Philomena's School
•
• 1987+6+4+2+3+5 = 2007

984 x 2 + 36 + (7-5+1) = 2007
• Wills Goulding, Bridgewater School Berkhamsted
•
• 2007 = 924 x 3 - 751 - 6 - 8
• Eva and Lauren , Richard Coates MIDDLE School, Northumberland
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• 1968 + 32 = 2000
+ 7 = 2007
+ 4 = 2011
- 5 = 2006
• Class 9L3 (Mrs Ward), Prestatyn High School, Princes Avenue, Prestatyn, Denbighshire LL19 8RS
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• 2007 = 9x8x7x4-(5x2)+(6/3-1)

We did it another way but we had to use a division. Hope you like it!

Class 9L3 Prestatyn High School (Mrs Ward's class) - James did most of it and we helped him at the end. If you like it, you could always send us some chocolate!
• Peter Kane, British International School Jakarta
•
• 1985 +3+7+4+6+2=2007
• Shai Simpson, Lydd Primary School
•
• 1987+56-34-2=2007
• Niall Gordon, Lydd Primary School
•
• (8x9)x7=504
(504x4)+1+3-5-6-2
• Holly Flood, Lydd Primary School
•
• (8x9)x3
216x5)x2-146-7
• Emily Green , Bridgewater School Berkhamsted
•
• 2007 = 87 x 23 + 56 - 49 - 1
• 8YGW, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf
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• Solution to the total of 2007 is:

9*4*56+2*3-7*1
• Shea Durrant Year 9, Methwold High School Norfolk
•
• 9x8x7x4+3-6-5-2+1=2007
• Andrew Harris Year 9, Methwold High School Norfolk
•
• (213x9)+ (8x7)+(5x6)+4 =2007
• Annabel Vaile (8A), St Philomena's School
•
• I've got one for each year!

(4 + 6) x 5 x (1 + 9) x (7 - 3) + (8 - 2) = 2006

(8 + 2) x (4 + 6) x (1 + 9) x (5 - 3) + 7 = 2007

(1 + 9) x (4 + 6) x (7 + 3) x 2 + 8 = 2008 [sorry I didn't use 5]
• Ben Hughes, Bridgewater
•
• 1987+3+4+6+2+5=2007
• Reuben Frankel, Bridgewater
•
• 987+3+6+4x2+5+1=2006
• Amy Simon & Mallery Elkins, Bournemouth School For Girls 8P
•
• 9 x 8 x 7 x 4 - 5 + 3 - 6 + 1 - 2 = 2007
• Emma Kirby and Helena Keep, BSG
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• 5 x 2 x 3 x 67 - 8 + 9 - 4 x 1
• Sean Wong , Beacon Community College, Crowborough, Sussex
•
• 1987+23+6-5-4=2007
• Claudia Lavis, Beacon Community College, Crowborough, Sussex
•
• 675x3-9-8+2+1-4=2007
•

•
• 2008:
9x8x7x4=2016

2016+5=2021

2021-6=2015 2x3=6

2015-6=2009

2009-1=2008
• Dan Lockey, King Arthur's School
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• To get 2008

(5x4)((7+6-3)(8+2))+(9-1)
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• 9*8*7*4-3*2-1-6+5
•
• 25 x 9 x 7 + 431 + 8 - 6
• Matt Lloyd, New Zealand
•
• 51x39 +2+6+7+8-4=2008
• Ross Roberton, Marten and DJ, NIST, Bangkok, Thailand
•
• (8*9*7*4)-(3*5)+6+2-1 = 2008

We did it using single digits and won some M&M's!
• Sam Conway, St Peters
•
• 987*2+34+6-5-1
• Lewis Elliott, Hawarden High School
•
• 1987+34-6-5-2
• Owen Mazzarella, Ysgol Rhiwabon, Wrexham
•
• 1985 + (7x3) - 6 + (4x2) = 2008
• Class 9S1, Sandbach High School
•
• 1987+2x3+4+5+6=2008
1987+2+3+4+5+6=2007
• Alisha and Katie Year 6, Farsley Farfield Primary School
•
• (231x9) - (7x8) - (4+5+6) = 2008

(245x8) + 63 -9 -7 +1 = 2008
• Rebekah and Raj, Farsley Farfield Primary School
•
• 9x8x7x4-6-5-1+3+2 = 2009
• Aaron taylor, John Spendluffe Technology College
•
• 2134-56-79+8=2007
• Alex Bradford, Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
•
• 45x 23 +978 -6 +1
• Robert Dunn, Mounts Bay School, Penzance
•
• 9x8x7x4-3x2-6-1+5
Did this while the rest of my class were at the Royal Cornwall Show
• Miss Buxton, Hilden Grange, Tunbridge
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• (98x21)-56+7-4+3

Solved by one of my Year 4 pupils
• Oliver Lee-Aimes, Hilden Grange, Tonbridge
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• (659x3)+12+8+7-4
• Kayla, Doveton North Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
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• 1976+28+3-4+5=2008
• Coen, Doveton North Primary School, Melbourne, Australia
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• 6x98x4-352+1+7=2008
• Max Easton, Miss Boggs
•
• Solution for 2008
34 x 56 + 98 + 7 -2 +1
• Maths Department, Dartford Technology College
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• 9x8x7x4+5-(6+3+2+1)
• Annabel Storr, Sir James Smiths School, Cornwall.
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• 2143-68-75+9= 2009
• Hethersett Junior, HJS
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• (2 x 8) + 5 - 1 = 20
(6 + 4) x (7 + 3) = 100
20 x 100 = 2000 + 9 = 2009.
• Megan S, Hethersett Junior School
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• 8 x 9=72 x 7 = 504 x 4 = 2016 - 6 = 2010 - 1 = 2009 + 3 = 2012 + 2 = 2014 - 5 = 2009.
• 902 Maths Students, Bridgnorth High School
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• 9x 8 x7 x4 -6 -5 +3 + 2 -1 = 2009 (Conor Campbell)
(9+1)x 8 x 5 x(2+3)+ 6 +7 -4 = 2009 (Tom Hatton)
Submitted by year 9 students at Bridgnorth High School.
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• Class 7F, Beverley Grammar School
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• We found three answers for 2009
( 987+16-3 )* 2 + 5 + 4
98 * 21 - 56 + 7 * ( 4 -3 )
218 * 9 + 45 + ( 6 - 7 ) + 3.
• Emma, Essex
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• 2008=2138-64-57-9.
• James Challinor, Llanidloes High School
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• 9x8x4x7-6-5+3+2-1.
• Thomas Davies, Llanidloes High School
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• 9x8x7x4-5x3+6+2x1.
• Andrew Robinson, Llanidloes High School
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• 1986+27-5+4-3.
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• It took me 30 minutes to do this.
• R Godfrey, All Saints School
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• (6 + 4) x 5 x 2 x (3-1) + 9 - 8 + 7 = 2008
(6 + 4) x 5 x 2 x (3-1) + 9 - 7 + 8 = 2010.
• Jodie Campbell, Lochend Community High School in Glasgow
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• Jodie got 2008 as follows:
987 x 2 + 35 - 6 + 4 + 1 = 2008.
• Ross Malloy, Habsboys
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• (9 x 8 x 7 x 4) - (6 + 1) + 5 - (3 + 2) = 2009
Solved in seconds!!
• Saaleha Ilyas, 7L2
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• I found the answer but I did not use the number 5.Hear it is anyway:
2009=96*8+7+1234
I did use a calculator.
• Drew Redmond, Warrington
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• Hi there,
My solution is ( 9 x 8 x 7 x 4 ) - 6 - 1 - 5 + 2 + 3 = 2009.
• Lewis Murphy, 5a Our Lady Of The Missions Primary
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• 12x34x5-9-8-7-6 = 2010.
• Mrs O'Hagan, 2nd Yr Holyrood School Glasgow
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• Aaron got 2010 =9x8x7x4-6x1+5-3-2
from Danni 2009=1978+34-2+5-6
2011=1978+34-2+6-5.
• Danielle Butler, Year 8 Santa Maria College
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• 974x3-861-52=2009.
• Kailei McCrea, Year 8 Santa Maria College
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• 98x21-43-6-5+7=2011.
• Chris, Derby
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• (6 x (4 + 7) + 1) x 3 x 2 x 5 x (9-8) = 2010.
• Jodie, Brighton
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• Next year 2011-- 9x8x7x4-5-6+1+2+3.
• Omar Al-kamil, Manchester Grammar School Year 7
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• 4+(2*3)+((8*5)*((6*7)+9-1))
to make it simpler
4+6+40*(42+8)
to make it even simpler
4+6+(40*50)
10+2000.
• Grant Giblin, John Port School
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• To find 2009
1978+6*5+2+3-4.
• Holly Robinson, John Port School
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• To find 2009
9*8*7*4+3+2-6-5-1.
• Holly Robinson, John Port School
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• To find 2010
12*34*5-6-7-8-9.
• Laura, John Port School
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• To find 2011
9*8*7*4-6-5+3+2+1.
• Luke C & Miss Harrison, Cranborne Middle School
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• 9 x 8 - 7 + 4 + 2 - 1 - 3 x 6 x 5 =2 010.
• Heather Melgram, Farsley Farfield Primary School
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• Heather found:
8x9=72
72x7=504
504x4=2016
2016-5=2011
2011-6=2005
2005+3=2008
2008+2=2010
2010x1=2010.
• Set 2, DCPS
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• ((9+6)-(1+4))+8*25*(7+3) = 2010.
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• Mr Smith, Renfrew High School
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• ((9x8-(1+4))x2x3x5)/(7-6).
• John Oliver 8J, Chamberlayne School, S'ton
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• 98x21 2058
-43 2015
-5 2010
x(7-6) 2010.
• 9W1, Myton
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• 12 x 34 x 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9.
• Laurence, Prince William School
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• 985x2+36+7-4+1.
• Mr Tanner's Year 9 Boys, Shenfield High School
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• 98x21-(43+5)(7-6).
• Abdi Mohamed, Greenford High School
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• I found out another way to work 2010 using only 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9
9x8x7x4+6-5-3x2-1.
• Rebecca Ryder,
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• 1x2x3+4x5x6x7-89=2011.
• Leia Owens, 7MG Belvedere Academy Liverpool
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• 2010 = (931*2) + 87 + 65 - 4.
•
• We found 4 more solutions for 2011. Here they are:
987 x 2 + 5 x 6 + 4 + 3 x 1 = 2011
85 x 23 + 7 x 6 + 9 + 4 + 1 = 2011
7 x 4 x 9 x 8 - 5 + 6 - 1 - 2 - 3 = 2011
57 x 36 - 9 x 4 - 8 + 2 + 1 = 2011.
• Miss Kent;'s 9BCH1 Set, Verulam School. St Albans
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• 9 x 8 x 7 x 4 - 5 - 6 +3 +2 +1 = 2011.
• Max Hickey, Goldington Academy, Bedford
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• 1234+856-79= 2011.
• Mr Jones, Llwyncrwn Primary School, Beddau, South Wales
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• Tyler did it this way:
987x2+46-3-5-1=2011.
• Maths Set 2, Sherborne Primary
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• 987*2=1974+65=2039-31=2008+4=2012.
• Speedwell, Launde
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• 987x2=1974
1974+34=2008
2008+1=2009
2009+4=2013
2013-6=2007
2007+5=2012.
• 8 Clever Set 3, Chellaston Academy, Derby
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• 2011 = 987x2+6-4+35x1
2011 = 345x6-(8x9)+(7x2)-1
2011 = (987+1+4+6)x2+(3x5).
• Speedwell 2, Launde
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• 1978+34=2012
2012-2=2010
2010+6=2016
2016-5=2011.
• Hannah, SNHS
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• 9x8x7x4+6-5-3-2-1.
• Joshua, SNHS
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• (67+89+12)x3x4-5.
• Mr Jones, Llwyncrwn Primary School, Beddau, South Wales
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• Nathan did it this way:
978x2+46+3+5+1=2011.
• Andrew Combe, Carolside Primary School
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• 9x8x7x4-1-2-3+6-5.
• Ella Sturley, Wollaston School Year 7
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• 1963+48+7-(5+2) = 2011.
• Joe Edwards, Wollaston School Year 7
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• 1978+(5x6) + 4-3+2.
• Gemma Goodchild, Grainville School, Jersey
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• 8X9X7X4-5+6-3-2-1 = 2011.
• Gina Humzy, Ridgehaven Primay School
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• 12x34x5-8-9-7-6=2010.
• BrendieRANGA, Ridgehaven PS
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• 12x34x5-6-7-8-9=2010.
• Connor Lewis, Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh, Essex
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• 1256+789-34=2011.
• Shannon, Year 6 St Barnabas CE Primary
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• (4x5)x(1+9)x(2+8)+(7+3)=2010.
• Mason Futcher, Binegar Primary School
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• Mason, from Binegar Primary School, managed to find this solution for 2011:
978 x 2 + 64 - 5 - 3 - 1.
• Yen Tsang, Gosforth Central, Newcastle Upon Tyne
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• Yen, Yr6, Gosforth Central Middle, came up with this solution:
9x8x7x4+5+1-6-3-2=2011.
• Mr. Jackson's Year 7 Class, Esher C Of E High School Surrey UK
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• Here are 4 more ways to make 2011
From Hannah: 9x7x8x4-5+2+1-3=2011
From Caitlin: 98x21-43-6+7-5=2011
From Saman: 12x9x6x4-573-8=2011
From Alec: 9x8x7x4-6+5-3-2+1=2011.
• James Healey, Richard Lander School
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• Extra Solutions
2011 = 9x8x7x4+5-6-3-2+1
987x2+3x6+4x5-1
9x8x7x4+5-6x2+3-1
• Kealeigh Haines, Millais
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• 98x7=686 686x3=2058 2058-45=2013 2013-2=2011 2011.
• Fasiha, Chorlton
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• 671 x 3 = 2013.
• 7s6, Kettlethorpe High School
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• 2012 = 54 x 37 + 9 + 8 + 2 + 1 - 6.
• Rawiri, The Oracle
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• 1897+63+54-2=2012.
• Jessica T, St Marks Drummoyne
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• 973 x 2 + 65 + 1.
• Isla Bigwood, Clover Hill SS
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• 2X987+36+5+1-4 = 2012.
• Year 8 Set 1, Bridgewater Middle School
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• 1987 + 24 + 3 - 6 + 5
96 x 21 - 3 + 5 - 4 + 7 - 8.
• Hiam, Syria
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• My answer is : 951+2 x 3-6-748=2013.
• Josh Walsh, Brumby Junior School
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• 2013=9x8x7x4-5-2+3+1.
• John, Australia
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• 358 + 1679 - 24.
• Guy Daniel, Aston And Cote CE Primary School
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• 9x8x7x4-6+5-3-1+2=2013.
• Oliver And Jaydan, Kettlethorpe 7K3
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• 231 x 9 -68 + 5 + 4 - 7 = 2013.
• Aberam And Ethan, Brumby Junior School
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• Aberam=9x8x7x4+5+2-6-1-3
Ethan=9x8x7x4-6+5-3-1+2.
• Conall, 6S
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• Conall from Ranby found NEXT YEAR
124 x 3 x 8 - 967 + 5 = 2014.
• Olly And Cole, Ranby
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• Cole and Olly found 2013
96 x 21 - 3 + 7 - 8 - 4 + 5 = 2013.
• Year 10 Girls, New Hall School
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• (8x7x9x4-2-1)x(6-5)=2013.
• James V,
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• (987x2)+(5x4)+(6x3)+1.
• Sarah,
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• (1+9)x(3+7)x(6+4)x2+(8+5) = 2013.
• Year 8, New Hall
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• 21x96-7+5+4-8+3=2013 (Rose and Lily)
978x2+64-5-3+1=2013 (Elizabeth)
• Year 8, New Hall
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• 9x8x7x4+5-6+2-3-1=2013 (Sophia).
• Miss Brown, 5e RCMS
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• 5e Ponteland found:
7+3= 10 4+6= 10 10 x 10 = 100
100x2= 200 9+1= 10 10x200 = 2000
8+5= 13 2000+13 = 2013.
• Asta,
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• Here is another solution which a student in my class found.

41 X 52 - 89 + 7 - 36 = 2014
• Jshan Kumar, Hazelwick School
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• Another Solution is
85*7*4-369+2+1.
• Krishan Nayee, Hazelwick School
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• Our class found the solution
85x7x4-369+2+1.
• Tommy Jackson, Yr 7 IVC
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• 2014=1985+37-6-4+2.
• Matthew Cawley, Ysgol Bro Gwydir
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• Dosbarth Conwy, Ysgol Bro Gwydir. Matthew Cawley a'i ffrindiau!!!
9x4 = 36
8 x 7 = 56
36 x 56 = 2016
6-5 = 1
2-1 = 1
3-1 = 2
2016-2 x 1 = 2014
Is there a prize???

[Transum: Sorry Matthew, no prize but lots of congratulations!]
• Aqib Mehmood, Erdington Hall Primary School
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• 9 x 8 = 72
72 x 7 = 504
504 x 4 = 2016
2016 - 2 = 2014
2014 + 6 = 2020
2020 - 3 = 2017
2017 - 5 = 2012
2012 + 1 = 2013.
• Alex Lee, North London Collegiate School JeJu, Y6
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• 1987+3x5+2+6+4=2014.
• G Gray 5GR Maths Class, Dulwich College Shanghai
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• Our solution:
23x87=2001
2001+9=2010
2010+6=2016
2016-5=2011
2011+4=2015
2015-1=2014
used all the digits once.
• Joseph Nussey, Brookfield Primary Langwith Junction
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• 9x7x8=504x2=1008x(5-3)=2016-(6-4)=2014x1
In my head I felt that I needed 1007 x2.......
• Euan M And Mark, Greenfield Primary School Oldham
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• 8x7x6x3x2-5-1+4.
• Euan M And Mark, Greenfield Primary School Oldham
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• Another one from us: 9x8x7x4-(5x3)+(6x2)+1.
• Sam, Heather And James H, Greenfield Primary School Oldham
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• Here's another solution!!!
85x24-7-3-9-6-1=2014.
• Hannah And Abigail, Greenfield Primary School Oldham
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• We did it!!!
963x2+5+87-4x1 = 2014.
• Iydan And Euan D, Greenfield Primary School Oldham
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• We found a few by rearranging the numbers, here's one of our solutions!!!
9x6x8x5-142-7+3=2014.
• Nimus, Korea
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• 2015!!!
1987+2*5+3*4+6.
• Tom Moore, Scalby School, Scarborough
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• My solution is 69 x 28 + 73 + 5 + 4 + 1.
• Y9 Kraken, Geoje, South Korea
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• Sthita got: 198 x 7 = 1386
5 - 4 = 1
1386 + 632 = 2018
2018 - 1 = 2017
Harrison got: 1 + 9 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10, 4 x 5 = 20
10 x 10 = 100
10 x 20 = 2000
8 + 2 = 10 + 6 = 16
2000 + 16 = 2016.
• Y8 Phoenix Class, ISK, Geoje, South Korea
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• Yogisha found 2017:
9 x 8 = 72
72 x 7 = 504
504 x 4 = 2016
2016 + 1 + 2 + 6 = 2025
2025 - 3 - 5 = 2017
Mathilde got 2018:
2139 - (4 x 5 x 6)+ 7 - 8.
• Raul Balo, Dewsbury
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• 6×7×8×9÷3×2+5-4×1.
• Dan Logan, Titus Salt School
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• 9x8x7x4+6-5+3-2-1=2017
Dan Logan got this. Nobody else could. Even Wilson.

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