Drag the 36 flowers into the gardens so that 18 flowers are visible from each window of the house. Each window has a view of three of the green square gardens.
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Monday, July 28, 2014
"This puzzle can be solved using a trial and error approach or it can be analysed more mathematically to find a formula determining the number of flowers in each part of the garden.
From the north window the flowers can be seen in each of the three top squares. From the west window the flowers can be seen in each of the three squares in the left column of the diagram. This means that the top left square can be seen from two windows so the flowers in that square count twice when adding up the total number of viewable flowers. This information may help you to derive a formula. Start by saying 'let the total number of flowers ne n and the number visible from each window be v'.
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