A game for two players who take turns to select two numbers that add up to a prime number.
Enter the names of the players.
Each adjacent pair of numbers on the line must add up to a prime number.
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There are 385072 ways of arranging the numbers 1 - 18 in a circle so that the sum of each pair of adjacent numbers is prime. Here is one of the possible ways
See Math Forum for a discussion of Prime-Sum Circles.
See Scallywags and Scoundrels for a puzzle requiring the numbers 1 - 12 to be arranged in a Prime-Sum Circle.
See Square Pairs Game for a similar game involving square numbers.
See Square Pairs for the related lesson Starter.