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Sixty Million Trillion Combinations (1980)
Isaac Asimov
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Tom Trumbull, one of Asimov's regular "Black Widower" mystery characters, wants to convince an eccentric mathematician (working on Goldbach's conjecture) that his secret password is not safe. Combinatorics plays a role. See also these [1, 3] other BW stories.

Contributed by Jose Brox

A Black Widowers short story with some interesting dialogues, but with a quite dumb and out-of-the-blue ending solution that spoiled out the fun for me

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Works Similar to Sixty Million Trillion Combinations
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Getting the Combination by Isaac Asimov
  3. Mirror Image by Isaac Asimov
  4. The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke
  5. No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
  6. Percentage Player by Leslie Charteris
  7. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo SopeƱa
  8. The Ultimate Crime by Isaac Asimov
  9. Who Killed the Duke of Densmore? by Claude Berge
  10. Pythagorean Crimes by Tefcros Michaelides
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