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Here are some New Year’s puzzles to help start out 2018.

1. Arrange the ten digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in the

expression to make 2018.

2. (a) Express where p, q, r, s are primes.

(b) Express where p, q, r, s are primes.

3. (a) Is it possible to put the first 9 primes, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13,

17, 19 and 23 into a 3×3 matrix that has determinant 2018?

(b) Is it possible to put the first 16 primes, 2, 3, 5, … , 53,

into a 4×4 matrix that has determinant 2018?

4. (a) Express 2018 = A / B using the fewest number of distinct

digits.

For example, the expression 7020622 / 3479 uses only seven

different digits. But it is possible to do better than this.

(b) Express using the fewest number of distinct digits.

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