
68 can be reduced to 1 by using only the number four key and any of the operation keys.
For example:
68  4 = 64
64 ÷ 4 = 16
16 ÷ 4 = 4
4 ÷ 4 = 1
How many other numbers can be reduced to 1 using only the four key and any of the operation keys?
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It is possible to reduce any number to one using any calculator key.
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