This is a great puzzle which the Guardian ran last week:

*Fill in the equations below using any of the basic mathematical operations, +, –, x, ÷, and as many brackets as you like, so that they make arithmetical sense.*

*10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2017*

There are many different ways of solving this – see if you can find the simplest way!

Scroll down to see some possible answers.

I had a play around with this and this is my effort:

(10+(9 x 8 x 7) -(6 + 5) ) x 4 + 3 + (2 x 1) = 2017

An even nicer answer was provided on the Guardian – which doesn’t even need brackets:

10 x 9 x 8 x 7 / 6 / 5 x 4 x 3 + 2 – 1 = 2017

Any other solutions?

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January 9, 2017 at 1:15 am

Victor10*9*8*7*6/5/(4-3+2)+1

January 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

Ibmathsresources.comvery good!