The students numbered 1 to 8 should sit on the chairs so that no two consecutively numbered students sit next to each other either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
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Paul, Birmingham
Monday, March 26, 2012
"Can anyone solve this I'm still puzzled!
[Transum: Here's a clue Paul. The numbers one and eight are different from the other six numbers as they only have one number consecutive to them. Perhaps they should go in the chairs that have the most neighbours!]"
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Monday, September 12, 2016
"Teachers: When this activity has been completed use the created arrangement of numbers to ask the revision questions on this page Not Too Close Questions."
Harry, Ho Chi Minh City
Friday, January 25, 2019
"It's quite simple because when you know where 1 and 8 goes you can easily figure out the rest."