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I borrowed this problem from issue 62 of Eureka.

We are given 16 teacups, four each in each of four colours, and, similarly, 16 saucers. Arrange the cups on top of the saucers in a 4 by 4 square grid so that:

in each row and column, there is one cup of each colour;

in each row and column, there is one saucer of each colour;

(Orthogonality Condition) no cup-saucer colour combination is repeated. (To be clear, this means that, for example, red-on-green and green-on-red are both allowed.)

In how many ways can you arrange the teacups?

*Last edited by Agnishom (2014-09-02 01:11:54)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is a B problem and only worth 100?

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Did you not notice the author's name?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I suppose I did. That will make the problem much easier to solve...

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How?

The problem rating will go up. The Brilliant stuff needs some time before they can rate a problem.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I know about their ratings and I am plenty mad over them too.

How?

Hahahhohohoohahahh that is very good.

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The fact that I shared the problem on Brilliant is not important.

I still do not see how that helps you to solve it? Have you solved it already?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Everything is important - Michael Corleone

I still do not see how that helps you to solve it?

I will just ask you.

Have you solved it already?

Give me a place to sit and an M that is fast enough, a back brace and I can solve any problem.

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Who is Michael Corleone? Is he real?

You cannot imagine an arbitarily fast M

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, he is sort of real:

And yes, I have already solved that problem once before.

The first time I saw a solution to your problem was in a Martin Gardner book. He used the face cards instead of teacups.

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Please post your solution

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Post it as soon as I can.

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I tricked the guys to get an 175 points rating.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do rotations and reflections count or not?

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Yes, they do

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are 3 MOLS of order 4 but I do not know if that is the correct number with rotations and reflections considered.

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Do you have Eureka 62?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not even know what it is.

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*Last edited by Agnishom (2014-09-04 14:19:43)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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My program still ain't ready yet.

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