Arrange the given numbers on the cross so that the sum of the numbers in both diagonals is the same.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018
"One method of finding a solution to a puzzle in which the digits one to nine have to be arranged in a particular formation is by trying every different permutation. This strategy however is very time consuming. Even if it only took one second to arrange the numbers and check whether a solution has been found, you would need to allow over one hundred hours to complete the task!
Developing a strategy with some insight or consideration of the number patterns might be a better course of action. Good Luck! "